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Eagles: Lyin' Eyes Meaning

Song Released: 1976

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Lyin' Eyes Lyrics

City girls just seem to find out early
How to open doors with just a smile
A rich old man
And she won't have to worry
She'll dress up all in lace and go in style

Late at night a big old house gets lonely
I guess ev'ry form of refuge has...

  1. anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2016 report

    Actually sent this song to a friend of mine ..
    He is an older man dating a much younger woman. He is very
    Lonely and contemplating marriage. Yet she has cheated on him but enjoyed the lavish meals and trips. This song qS sent to him to give him the glimpse of the future should he marry her. She will cheat with a man closer to her age. But she will marry him for money and not love. She promised the one she loves that in a time she will be with him ( which is a lie) because she wants the best of both worlds. She cannot give up the marital convenience nor can she give up the one she loves. So she returns home and repeats the pattern of lies

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 17th 2014 report

    Sounds like obviously she married a rich man and cheats on him, I think the song is talking about a Prostitute, the rich man is the pimp "cold hands" the clients " she goes into his arms and tells him it is only for a while"

  3. Huskie_Jon
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    Sep 12th 2013 report

    We all get that the song is about a cheating woman, but the intriguing part is the changing person.

    The chorus is sung in the second-person. i.e. "YOU can't hide YOUR lyin' eyes."

    All the verses, except the very last one, are sung in the third-person. i.e. "SHE gets up and pours HERself a strong one".

    The end of the last verse suddenly switches to the second-person. "YOU'RE still the same old girl YOU used to be."

    It shows that this is not the first time "she" has cheated on someone, and the person she previously cheated on was the singer/narrator. The singer starts off kind of giving a play-by-play to try to distance himself from her, until his supressed emotions get the best of him and he lashes out directly at her.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 10th 2013 report

    Its about a young girl who marries a rich old man, so she wont have to worry about money and can get everything she wants material wise. She realizes that the man and his money can only make her so happy. So she lies about going out to see a friend, which he knows is not true. Once she meets the boy (friend), who still loves her, she promises him that they will be together someday soon, which he believes. After she goes home, and maybe some years later, she takes a drink and looks up at the stars pondering her life. She wonders why life got so crazy, and realizes that she wasn't happy, and lying to get it didnt change her life. Just like marrying the rich guy, lying didnt change anything for her, and she realizes she is just as foolish as she was when she was young. She should have just married for happiness.

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 25th 2011 report

    It means that a girl marries a man for his money and she pretends to love him but(he knows where she goin' as she's leaving she is headed for the cheating side of town) but he can't confront her about it and she is'nt the same girl she used to be but it hurts her so(she draws the shade and hangs her head to cry) and she likes the(boy she knew in school)

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