"Old Red Eyes Is Back" as written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray....
Old Red eyes is back
Red from the night before the night before
Walked into the wrong bar walked into a door

Old Red's in town
And sitting late at night he doesn't make a sound
Just adding to the wrinkles on his deathly frown

They're only red from all the tears that I should've shed
They're only red from all the women that I could've wed
So when you look into these eyes I hope you realize
They could never be blue
They could never be blue
They could never be blue
They could never be blue

Listen up Old Red
You never listened to a word the doctor said
He told you if you drank another you'd be dead

Old Red Eyes is back
His shoulders ache all over and his brain is sore
He pours a drink and listens to his body thaw

They're only red from all the thoughts unused inside my head
They're only red from all the things I could have done instead
So when you look into these eyes I hope you realize
They could never be blue
They could never be blue
They could never be blue
They could never be blue

Blue is a street without an end
Red is the color of my hell
Blue is a greeting from a friend
Red is the color of farewell

Old Red he died
And every single landlord in the district cried
An empty bottle of whiskey laying by his side
A lazy little tear running from each eye
They could never be blue
They could never be blue
They could never be blue
They could never be blue


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"Old Red Eyes Is Back" as written by Paul Heaton Dave Rotheray

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    General Commentthese lyrics submitted are completely wrong, here are the correct lyrics:
    Old Red eyes is back
    Red from the night before the night before
    Walked into the wrong bar walked into a door
    Old Red's in town
    And sitting late at night he doesn't make a sound
    Just adding to the wrinkles on his deathly frown

    They're only red from all the tears that I should've shed
    They're only red from all the women that I could've wed
    So when you look into these eyes I hope you realise
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue

    Listen up Old Red
    You never listened to a word the doctor said
    He told you if you drank another you'd be dead

    Old Red Eyes is back
    His shoulders ache all over and his brain is sore
    He pours a drink and listens to his body thaw

    They're only red from all the thoughts unused inside my head
    They're only red from all the things I could have done instead
    So when you look into these eyes I hope you realise
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue

    Blue is a street without an end
    Red is the colour of my hell
    Blue is a greeting from a friend
    Red is the colour of farewell

    Old Red he died
    And every single landlord in the district cried
    An empty bottle of whisky laying by his side
    A lazy little tear running from each eye
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue
    They could never be blue


    if you don't believe me then go to beautifulsouth.co.uk and look on the albums section and check out the lyrics.
    mysteriousdragonon August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDefinate play on Frank Sinatra's "old Blue eyes". A sad story about the neighborhood drunkard who could have had a life like everyone else but had an untimely end: lonley with his bottle of whiskey.
    vauxhallvillianon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a classic, unfortunatly it reminds me of my uncle... hmmmmmmm
    QueenFanon November 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhoever put the lyrics on first got it completely wrong. Well done for editing it mysteriousdragon. I love the idea of every single lanlord in the district crying cos old red is dead. it makes me laugh.
    Wallamanageon September 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so good, meanings pretty clear, but wat the hell went on with the posting??? lo.
    Avatar-rockon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about aan old drunk in Kingston Upon Hull, were the band is from.
    altho it ses hes dead in the song im pretty sure he isnt.
    I seem to remember my dada telling me he still goes i the bars mite be confused with the lead of the band tho :s
    Bekpeon December 02, 2006   Link

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