Pale Blue Eyes
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Sometimes I feel so happy Sometimes I feel so sad Sometimes I feel so happy But mostly you just make me mad Baby, you just make me mad Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes Thought of you as my mountaintop Thought of you as my peak Thought of you as everything I've had, but couldn't keep I've had, but couldn't keep Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes If I could make the world as pure And strange as what I see I'd put you in a mirror I put in front of me I put in front of me Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes Skip a life completely Stuff it in a cup She said "money is like us in time It lies, but can't stand up" Down for you is up Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes It was good what we did yesterday And I'd do it once again The fact that you are married Only proves you're my best friend But it's truly, truly a sin Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes
Written by: Lou Reed
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10 facts about this song
"Pale Blue Eyes" is a song by "The Velvet Underground", featuring Lou Reed as the lead vocalist, included in their album "The Velvet Underground" released in March 1969.
The lyrics of "Pale Blue Eyes" were penned down by Lou Reed. He was known for producing works coming right from his heart, and it is speculated that this song was written about his first love, Shelley Albin, who indeed had pale blue eyes.
Despite being one of the most renowned songs by the band, "Pale Blue Eyes" was never released as a single. Its popularity has been majorly through the album and not as an individual titled track.
Many artists have covered "Pale Blue Eyes". From R.E.M in 1983 to Patti Smith in 2002 and even The Kills in 2009, the song's emotional appeal continues to inspire musicians.
In the movie 'Adventureland', "Pale Blue Eyes" serves as an integral part of the plot. The protagonist often plays it on repeat, as it reminds him of his love interest who has blue eyes.
"Pale Blue Eyes" belongs to the genre of experimental rock, art rock, and protopunk, making it classic Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground.
Among many fans and critics, "Pale Blue Eyes" is noted as having one of the most emotionally poignant tune and lyrics. This Ian MacDonald, in his book Revolution, thought of as Reed’s gift of expressing complicated human situations with simple yet arresting words.
It was speculated that the song was an elegy about Reed's romantic relationship with a trans woman, Rachel. However, this was just speculation as the song's lyrics reflect an older, past love.
It's worth noting that "Pale Blue Eyes" is one of the longer tracks on the band’s self titled album ‘The Velvet Underground’, almost reaching the six minutes mark.
Despite being over 50 years old, the song's popularity hasn't waned. It regularly features on best-of lists compiled by music publications and is still frequently played on rock/alternative radio stations.
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