♫ Eye In The Sky ♫

When I started these music posts, it was just a bit of a lark, not intended to become a regular thing, just something to relieve a bit of angst at the time.  But, as time has passed, I find that I enjoy them for a number of reasons.  First, I enjoy the music and am learning new things every day about the artists and the origins of the songs.  Second, it’s fun to see what you guys like … most of you generally like the same things I do, I think, and a few, like Patty, Horty, Ellen and Joy are soul-sisters for my selections almost always please them.  Thus far, I’ve played whatever suited my fancy, with only a nod to a few suggestions here and there.  I hesitate to “open a request line”, for I only play one song per night, and not every night, for sometimes I either have no song in my heart, or run out of steam.  That said, tonight’s song, Eye in the Sky by The Alan Parsons Project, was a request by Ellen, and I’ve also asked David for some ideas.

The point, I think, is that if you have a particular favourite that you’d like to hear, let me know and I will ‘take it under consideration’, meaning if I like it, I’ll play it, if I don’t, I won’t.  Fair enough?  With that said, however, I must note that my friend Herb has been on my case to play something I don’t like, and I have promised to do so.  He and I do not share the same musical tastes, for he is into deep, heavy and dark things, like Nine Inch Nails.  However, one day soon I shall play one and see what you guys think.

Now onto tonight’s song …

Released in 1982, there are two versions, one that opens with a nearly two-minute instrumental, Sirius, from the album, and the single that is only Eye in the Sky.  I have chosen the shorter one, but you can find the longer one here if you choose.

The Alan Parsons Project was an English rock band that consisted of only two regular members, Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.  While this song reached #3 in the U.S., #1 in both Canada and Spain, and #6 in New Zealand, and was their overall most successful recording, I cannot find any record of its popularity in their home country, the UK.

According to Alan Parsons …

“We wanted to base the album on the sort of concept of big brother is watching you – there’s always a camera watching you, there’s always a helicopter in the sky overseeing you, and you can read a line of small newspaper print from space.”

Eye in the Sky
Alan Parsons

Don’t think sorry’s easily said
Don’t try turning tables instead
You’ve taken lots of Chances before
But I’m not gonna give anymore
Don’t ask me
That’s how it goes
Cause part of me knows what you’re thinkin’

Don’t say words you’re gonna regret
Don’t let the fire rush to your head
I’ve heard the accusation before
And I ain’t gonna take any more
Believe me
The sun in your Eyes
Made some of the lies worth believing

I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind

Don’t leave false illusions behind
Don’t cry cause I ain’t changing my mind
So find another fool like before
Cause I ain’t gonna live anymore believing
Some of the lies while all of the signs are deceiving

I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind

Songwriters: Alan Parsons / Eric Norman Wolfson
Eye in the Sky lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

21 thoughts on “♫ Eye In The Sky ♫

    • One has to wonder…how could this song ever be forgotten!?! That was my thought when it came to mind while reading a post about The Alan Parsons Project over a week ago. That it is being remembered and enjoyed by others makes me doubly happy to have rediscovered the group and song. Thank-you!

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  1. I had not thought of The Alan Parsons Project in quite some time, until an unknown to me album and a lovely song on it was featured as the Saturday music post by another blogger over a week ago. That album is their 1984 “Vulture Culture” and the song is “The Same Old Song”. If I did not already know them, that song would have hooked me! I love “The Eye in the Sky” album in general and this song in particular. Another great song on the album is “Old and Wise” with the lead vocals sung by Colin Blunstone, a former Zombies vocalist. The song ends with a saxophone solo that is majestic. Sirius is a spectacular instrumental that somehow found itself used as an opener at sporting events throughout North America. But all of this aside, it is their debut album “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” that was originally released in mid 1976 that found its way into the heart of my teenage son when the remixed version was released in 1987. He was a huge fan of Edgar Alan Poe’s tales and the album is based on the life and work of Poe, making it irresistible. An Orson Welles narration of part of the text from “Maginalia” that had been added was part of the charm for him. Years later, his younger sister (my oldest daughter) too fell under the album’s spell and he purchased the same album for her. When she heard that a Deluxe Edition 2 CD of the remastered original recording and the 1987 remix was being released in 2007 she was ecstatic…and she still plays it. There is another Orson Welles narration that is on “Fall of the House of Usher” that is worth listening to, I loved his voice! One last unverified bit of trivia that was given to me by my son…Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson considered the debut album to be their project, hence “The Alan Parsons Project”! Thank-you!

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    • Whew! Your knowledge so far surpasses mine … as I told Keith earlier, I think “Eye in the Sky” may well be the only song of theirs I’m familiar with, but I’d have to listen to some of the others to be sure. Which, for the moment, will have to take a back seat. Glad you liked this selection … it was recommended by a dear friend! ♫

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  2. This is a lovely song, I always hum along in department store or mall, pleasant elevator music. 😉
    Since uv asked, I would recommend Supersonic Rocket Ship by The Kinks. It was adorably played up in a movie scene, The Avengers: Endgame. The lyrics hold true even more so these days!
    “In the same vein as “Apeman”, this is a song about escaping an over-crowded world. But whereas in “Apeman”, Ray Davies dreams of returning to primitive roots, here his imagination takes him into the future, where space travel goes hand in hand with an end to social inequality.” ❤

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  3. A nice tune, but the lyrics don’t make too much sense, at least in my opinion. Except for the fact he is threatening to drop his girlfriend of some length of time because he no longer trusts her, there isn’t much to go on. But I guess not all songs have to tell a story, do they? I prefer when they do, but that is my hang-up.
    As for suggestions, I’ve got a million of them, But I actually prefer albums, though not greatest hit albums. There are so many great songs out there that were never released as singles. You never did play Serenade for a Sweet Lady. But I forgive you for that, it has no words for you to sing along with. And you have played others for me, so thank you for those. I’ll just sit back and listen. Generally speaking, I love what you play…

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    • I think most songs are meant to tell a story, it’s just that I don’t always understand the story. I am more partial to those that say what they mean, rather than those with some cryptic message. OH CRAP! I completely forgot! Sunday … I am sorry … I intended to, and kept forgetting until I finally forgot altogether! Sunday. Sunday … I promise. Sigh.

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          • Hmmm. I need to see that in writing, lol. My perfect songs for a Sunday morning would be the Jonathon Livingstone Seagull album by Neil Diamond, or Kris Kristofferson’s Sunday Morning Coming Down after a night of listening to the soundtrack album of Phantom of the Paradise. But who knows what I was thinking that day. If I said that, I guess I had a reason, for that moment.

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              • Ah, I stand corrected, again. But you didn’t mention the qualifier, lol, a quiet Sunday. Not just any Sunday, but a quiet one. You probably haven’t found a quiet Sunday yet, so it is all my fault you haven’t played it yet. But maybe it will work even better on a noisy weekday, to help your readers chill out. There, now you have no excuse. LuL.

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