♫ These Eyes ♫

I’m not a big fan of Canadian band The Guess Who, but they did a few … well, actually one … that I liked.  And tonight’s selection, These Eyes, is that one!  The only other one I’m familiar with is American Woman, and I don’t care for it.

Although The Guess Who started in 1960 as Al and the Silvertones, it would be two name changes and nine years later before this, their breakthrough hit that brought them international acclaim.  The group was started by Randy Bachman and Chad Allan, but Bachman left the band in May 1970, shortly after the release of American Woman, and went on to start Bachman-Turner Overdrive along with two of his brothers, Tim and Robbie, and another member, Fred Turner.

Bachman says that he started writing this song when he was waiting in the living room at the house of his date, Lorayne Stevenson. She was taking a long time getting ready so Bachman sat at the piano and wrote the beginning of this song. He and Lorayne later married and produced 6 children in the 10 years of their marriage.

The song was released in Canada in December 1968, and in the U.S. in March 1969 where it rose to #6.  The song did not chart in the UK, though I’ve learned that often means little, for several of my UK friends know and like songs that didn’t chart in their own country.  The song has been covered many times over the years, probably the most well-known by Junior Walker and the All Stars that went to #3 in the U.S.  Michael Bolton also covered the song in 1976.

The original title of this song was to be These Arms, but Bachman changed it to These Eyes.  At first, the band didn’t even want to release the song considering the gentle ballad too great a departure from their hard rock roots. The song features an orchestral arrangement by Ben McPeek.

These Eyes
The Guess Who

These eyes cry every night for you
These arms long to hold you again

The hurtin’s on me, yeah
And I will never be free, no, my baby, no no
You gave a promise to me, yeah
An’ you broke it, an’ you broke it, oh no

These eyes watched you bring my world to an end
This heart could not accept and pretend

The hurtin’s on me, yeah
And I will never be free, no, no, no
You took the vow with me, yeah
An’ you spoke it, an’ you spoke it, babe

These eyes are cryin’
These eyes have seen a lot of loves
But they’re never gonna see another one like I had with you

These eyes are cryin’
These eyes have seen a lot of loves
But they’re never gonna see another one like I had with you

These eyes are cryin’
These eyes have seen a lot of loves
But they’re never gonna see another one like I had with you

These eyes cry every night for you
These arms, these arms long to hold you, hold you again

These eyes are cryin’
These eyes have seen a lot of loves
But their never gonna see another one like I had with you

These eyes are cryin’
These eyes have seen a lot of loves
But their never gonna see another one like I had with you

These eyes are cryin’
These eyes have seen a lot of loves
But their never gonna see another one like I had with you

These eyes are cryin’
These eyes have seen a lot of loves
But their never gonna see another one like I had with you
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Don’t ya know these eyes are cryin’ every night
I need you back in my heart…

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Randy Bachman / Burton Cummings
These Eyes lyrics © Shillelagh Music

36 thoughts on “♫ These Eyes ♫

  1. A very memorable song, Mc-luvin’ it. Also used for brilliant comedic relief in the movie “Superbad”! Actor Michael Cera sung his heart out and made cult classic history 🙂
    Enjoy a most wonderful weekend Jill ❤

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  2. Jill, great song in my view. I am a bigger Guess Who fan as well as Bachman Turner Overdrive. I think you made Rawgod happy with your song choice. I was channel surfing one night about twenty years ago and I caught a ninety minute show called Bachman Cummings. The song writing duo of the Guess Who reunited for a very good show captured on video. Cummings tried to make a go as a solo act, but missed his band mates. So, this reunion show was special. Keith

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    • I’m glad you liked it! I haven’t heard from rg yet today, but I hope you’re right and that he likes this one! Oh that must have been a fun program! I love seeing the musicians we knew 30, 40, even (for me) 50 years ago in their current age.

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      • I guess this is my cue to step in. The Guess Who had a number of Winnipeg and Canada hits before These Eyes got them onto the American charts. (Just by the by, they totally bombed in England in about 1966. They had to borrow money from their parents just to get back home.) The funny thing about American Woman, it sold more records in America than anywhere else. I ‘m not sure,but I think they replaced CCR as the biggest rock draw in the world in 70/71, then lost that title to War shortly after Eric Bhrdon left them to do their own music.
        About These Eyes, as I told you once before, it sang the end to my first “real love” romance. I cried everytime I heard it on the radio. Not many, if any, songs have ever made me feel that way.

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        • Very interesting … I’m surprised that they bombed in the UK, though. I did not care at all for American Woman, and was surprised to find out it was an anti-war protest song! And I’m sorry, my friend … you probably did tell me once before, but you know my mind cannot retain anything for long, and I had forgotten. I’m sorry to have brought back sad memories. LuL

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  3. I love The Guess Who (with the exception of American Woman, which has got to be one of the stupidest anti-war songs every recorded). I’ve seen both Randy Bachman & Burton Cummings in concert (never the entire band) & I just love them. Living in Buffalo, NY, I heard a LOT of The Guess Who growing up.

    Personally, I’ll listen to Canadian rock over most Southern rock ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. I’m a Northern girl & always will be.

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    • I’m so glad you liked this one! I wasn’t a fan outside of this one, and BTO had a few I liked. I was more of a Motown girl! I grew up half in the Bronx and half in San Francisco … a bi-coastal kid who moved between the coasts at least once a year! Have a happy weekend, my friend!

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