Lyin’ Eyes – The Eagles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on June 28th of 1975 The Eagles started a five-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with “One Of These Nights”. The LP contained three Top 10 singles, “One Of These Nights”, (#1) this song “Lyin’ Eyes”, (#2) and “Take It To The Limit” (#4).  The Eagles discussed this song’s origins. When they were a struggling band in Los Angeles, they saw a lot of beautiful women around Hollywood who were married to wealthy, successful men, and wondered if they were unhappy. One night they were drinking in a bar (their favorite watering hole: Dan Tana’s) when they spotted this stunning young woman; two steps behind her was a much older, fat, rich guy. As they were half laughing at them, Glenn Frey commented, “Look at her, she can’t even hide those lyin eyes!” Realizing they had a song title, the band members began grabbing for cocktail napkins to write down lyrics to go with that great observation. In the History of the Eagles documentary, Don Henley offered a slightly different interpretation: “It was about all these girls that would come down to Dan Tana’s looking beautiful. They’d be there from 8 O’clock until midnight having drinks with all of us rockers, then they’d go home because they were kept women”. Glenn Frey sang lead, Bernie Leadon was on lead guitar. According to Don Felder, who was a guitarist with the Eagles at the time, Glenn Frey was extremely particular about how he sang the first word in this song: “City. It would either be a little early, or a little late, or the ‘T’ would be too sharp,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock. “But every time that word goes by now and I hear it, I can appreciate the time and dedication and perseverance that it took to get it perfect.” The country flavoured ballad reached #2 in the US and #23 in the UK.