“Unhappy eyes by no means lie,” Bruce Springsteen sang on “Unhappy Eyes,” an outtake from his Human Contact album that was later launched on his Tracks boxed set. I’m wondering if he left it off as a result of the concept behind the lyrics is much like the concept behind “Gloria’s Eyes.”
That doesn’t imply the 2 themes are precisely the identical.
In “Unhappy Eyes,” the singer is thinking about a lady who’s concerned with another person; he’s not making a transfer, however is biding his time, hoping that she’ll go away the opposite man. He actually thinks she is going to, as a result of he can inform from her eyes how sad she is.
In “Gloria’s Eyes,” alternatively, the singer has fallen from grace in a relationship, and is now “only a idiot in Gloria’s eyes.” Gloria got here again, but it surely’s not the identical. There’s “one thing gone” in Gloria’s eyes, he sings.
He’s nonetheless working onerous, although, hoping his “love once more will rise … like a shining torch in Gloria’s eyes.”
So anyway … “Unhappy Eyes” (a wistful ballad) and “Gloria’s Eyes” (a rough-edged rocker) are two very completely different songs. However maybe Springsteen felt he couldn’t have two songs revolving across the concept of a lady’s eyes revealing an unsaid fact on the identical album, and that performed a component in preserving “Unhappy Eyes” off.
In that case, I believe he made the correct selection. “Unhappy Eyes” — which turned a minor hit for Enrique Iglesias when he recorded it in 1999 — has a catchy refrain however not a lot else. “Gloria’s Eyes,” I believe, works higher as a whole track. It’s actually not Springsteen’s most formidable work, however his larger-than-life anguish attracts me in.
Background information: “Gloria’s Eyes” is from Springsteen’s 1992 Human Contact album. He’s backed on the observe by bassist Randy Jackson, drummer Jeff Porcaro, and E Road Band keyboardist Roy Bittan.
Based on Brucebase, Springsteen carried out “Gloria’s Eyes” 41 instances at 1992 and 1993 live shows, however by no means since.
On every of the 70 days main as much as Bruce Springsteen’s 70th birthday (on Sept. 23, 2019), NJArts.internet will do a put up on one in all The Boss’ finest songs of the final 30 years. We’re beginning with No. 70 and dealing our means up. For extra on the mission, click on right here.
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