The Eyes of Texas

Hank Thompson

FAVORITE (1 fan)

Hank Thompson

Henry William Thompson (September 3, 1925 – November 6, 2007), known professionally as Hank Thompson, was an American country music entertainer whose career spanned seven decades. more »


 Become A Better Singer In Only 30 Days, With Easy Video Lessons!

I once did know a President, 
Away down South, in Texas. 
And, always, everywhere he went, 
He saw the eyes of Texas. 
The Eyes of Texas are upon you, 
All the live long day. 
The Eyes of Texas are upon you, 
You can not get away. 
Do not think you can escape them 
At night or early in the morn 
The Eyes of Texas are upon you 
'Till Gabriel blows his horn. 
Sing me a song of Prexy, 
Of days long since gone by. 
Again I seem to great him 
And hear his kind reply. 
Smiles of gracious welcome 
Before my memory rise, 
Again I hear him say to me, 
"Remember Texas' Eyes."

 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer


Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

Discuss the The Eyes of Texas Lyrics with the community:


  • michaelm.05118
    Okay, the song's not inherently racist. There are no overt references subjugation, slavery or racial superiority. However, the CONTEXT in which the song was sung seems to make it clear that this was a WARNING to Texans (especially those who might not be white, European-descended Christians) that Big Brother is Watching You. Sorta like all of those statues of Confederate Soldiers. They weren't put up to remind us of our incredibly shameful and disgusting mistakes - they went up to keep an eye on the slaves who were only freed by the Union to drive the Old South under. So y'all Texans that ain't white like me . . . y'all better mind yer P's and Q's, 'cuz we'll be watching. 
    LikeReplyReport 11 month ago
    • kenisaw_l
      The song is based on a poem from 1902 about, and is about the "eyes of Texas" watching the future to be brought about by the students at UT. It's a song about pride, not about slavery. I know it's hard, but try not to insert your modern take on things before your time. How you take the song is irrelevant, and your intellectual dishonesty is duly noted.... 
      LikeReplyReport 21 month ago
    • michaelm.05118
      I may not have your knowledge regarding the song "Eyes of Texas". I have merely commented honestly about my perception. Your immediate resort to an ad hominem response would seem to support rather than disprover my assertion. Thank you very much for your honest if disingenuous response to my comment. 
      LikeReplyReport1 month ago
  • judiths.16162
    I had to look up the lyrics for 'The Eyes of Texas' although I attended UT at Austin many years ago. Although I didn't find anything racist about the song, I believe those are the dumbest lyrics I've ever heard. No wonder I didn't memorize the song. somebody had to get very drunk before they created those stupid and meaningless lyrics. 
    LikeReplyReport 31 month ago
  • janf.82104
    The present controversy is probably more of an effort to highlight Texas as a backward “unwoke” state. In other words Texas votes Republican more than Democrat and recently passed a strong prolife bill. As a famous person said, in derision, they just can’t forget their guns and their God. Good for them I say. I don’t care about guns but I do love my God. Vivacristorey 
    LikeReplyReport 11 month ago
  • jd_m
    Sing me a song of Prexy?
    LikeReplyReport 47 months ago
  • Doug103
    I read the lyrics and listened to the song, it still does not sound racist to me.
    LikeReplyReport 557 months ago
    • amon_p
      'The Eyes of Texas' was used in minstrel shows featuring characters in blackface dating back to the early 1900s, and the song additionally alludes to a phrasefrom Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
      LikeReplyReport 35 months ago
    • BillMe
      You clearly demonstrate your ignorance in your comment. The song was not about race as General Robt. E. Lee has never been attributed with the phrase 'The eyes of the South are upon you.' Minstrel shows used many many songs and had nothing to do with the penning of this song. It was purely a tribute to University President William Prather Who used the phrase often in his remarks to students. 
      LikeReplyReport 205 months ago
    • Bob123789
      The use of the song by minstrels does not make the song any more racist than burning buildings and looting make the desire for equality unlawful.
      LikeReplyReport 224 months ago
    • allena.82403
      Texas president got the phrase from Robert e. Lee confederate General. The eye of the South is watching.
      LikeReplyReport 11 month ago


Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:


"The Eyes of Texas Lyrics." STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 18 Oct. 2021. <>.

Missing lyrics by Hank Thompson?

Know any other songs by Hank Thompson? Don't keep it to yourself!

Watch the song video

The Eyes of Texas

0     2

more tracks from the album

Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys (1946-1964)



Are you a music master?

What was the name of the original drummer for The Beatles?
  • A. Pete Best
  • B. Pete West
  • C. Norman Chapman
  • D. Ringo Starr

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

Hank Thompson tracks

On Radio Right Now


Powered by

Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!

Movies in which is played

The Eyes of Texas

  • The McCullochs