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Behind Blue Eyes - The Who [1971]

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Behind Blue Eyes – The Who [1971]


 

The Who – Behind Blue Eyes

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Published on 13 Dec 2008

 

This is Track 08 of the Who’s album – Who’s next. Played onstage at the Young Vic (and staying in the live set for years), this is the second version recorded at Olympic. Initially considered as a single it only achieved this aim in the USA later in 1971.

 

“Behind Blue Eyes”
 

No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes

No one knows what it’s like
To be hated
To be fated
To telling only lies

But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

No one knows what it’s like
To feel these feelings
Like I do
And I blame you

No one bites back as hard
On their anger
None of my pain and woe
Can show through

But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

When my fist clenches, crack it open
Before I use it and lose my cool
When I smile, tell me some bad news
Before I laugh and act like a fool

And if I swallow anything evil
Put your finger down my throat
And if I shiver, please give me a blanket
Keep me warm, let me wear your coat

No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes

 

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