"In Your Eyes" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
Love I get so lost, sometimes
Days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
When I want to run away
I drive off in my car
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

All my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes

Love, I don't like to see so much pain
So much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive

And all my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light,
The heat I see in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes


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"In Your Eyes" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General CommentThis song is about someone whom is confessing thier love for someone else. They want to run and hide, but no matter what, fate keeps pulling them back to where they are now. A very beautiful love song indeed. The set of lyrics that go "And all my instincts, they return..." and so on, he's realizing that his facade of denial is fading and that there's no turning back, which means that he has to say what he feels...and by looking in the person's eyes, they feel as if, they're whole again. This is definitely a nice song to identify with.
    TasChiBandGirlon May 17, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song and actually listened to it, i definitely felt that it was about his relationship with God, indirectly. but I also think that maybe only Christians would notice that because they feel it too. But it can also be a very beautiful love song to others. And I think that's one reason it's written like that, so you can make it relate to what you want it to be.
    ilostmyforkon December 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is an incredible explanation of how when people are in love, there's no way of escaping it, it's just daily bread to feel so desperately in love and needy to be with someone.
    sofi_aon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentto me, it's about denying to yourself for so long how much you value a person, and denying the effect they have on you, but then you finally begin realizing it's futile to deny it any longer, and you just start wanting so badly to be able to embrace that person and feel the love you know is there.

    Edited by delial on May 28 2008, at 02:55AM

    delialon July 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentguys who said it was about rosanna arquette, you're absolutely right. Peter Gabriel said so himself.
    Actually it was a kind of response to what the band Toto did.
    Their keyboardist used to date ms Arquette, but she broke it off with him for Peter, So the band got together and penned the song "Rosanna" for her.
    Funnily enough, she wasn't overly impressed, and was only truely blown away when Peter Gabriel released "in your eyes" in response.
    Man, that key boardist at Toto, gotta feel for him, and Rosanne Arquette had got to be the hot stuff back then!
    two excellent songs in her name
    deludedon December 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song + boombox over the head = chick magnet
    Brodie Bankson January 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdont think it actually has anything to do with christianity, although he mentions churches..what he means with 'seeing the doorway to a thousand churches' is probably that in his lovers eyes he feels the peace and protection of a thousand churches..dont we just love this guys music :)
    R4CH3Lon September 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about God. Only in God's eyes are we complete. I don't think there is any discussion to this. Love is God. Yes this song is the ultimate love song, and can be used to convey your feelings for someone. But God's love is the ultimate, and this is about the ultimate love, wanting to be divine. It is divine love.

    I want to be that complete!
    rj5570on October 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot perfect love, Perfect Devotion. The singer has fallen hopelessly in love with the one he sings about.

    Generally this crashes and burns, the one devoted to can't stand it, feels undeserving...

    OR

    They feel deserving, almost always proving their not.

    BUT

    I would like to think somewhere the perfect devotion met the deserving soul...

    The Devotion was deserved, the Love returned in acceptance of the love.

    I envy that love.

    Beren and Luthien

    Arwen and Aaragorn

    Romeo and Juliet
    ThoughtfulApeon December 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this is about loving someone so deeply that it becomes spiritual. When you're that connected, that person can always pull you back from the brink of insanity ("All my instincts, they return") and the craziness of the fronts we have to put on ("And the grand facade so soon will burn"). To love someone that way is metaphysical--I think that's what the lyrics about the doors of a thousand churches refers to. The light, the heat, the completeness you have with them is something beyond this world, something only music can explain.
    law4on August 25, 2010   Link

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