"Behind Blue Eyes" as written by and Pete Townshend....
No one knows what it's like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes
And no one knows what it's like
To be hated
To be faded to telling only lies

But my dreams they aren't as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That's never free

No one knows what its like
To feel these feelings
Like I do, and I blame you!
No one bites back as hard
On their anger
None of my pain woe
Can show through

But my dreams they aren't as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That's never free

No one knows what its like
To be mistreated, to be defeated
Behind blue eyes
No one know how to say
That they're sorry and don't worry
I'm not telling lies

But my dreams they aren't as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That's never free

No one knows what its like
To be the bad man, to be the sad man
Behind blue eyes

In the clouds
All the graves
I'll stay if you
Go away
Concrete
Tall as the sky
Movement passi'n me by
When you blush
What a rush
Reminisce
Cold crush
Next door ear to the wall
All the tension on me for the call
I wish I wish
I wish it was all that easy
I wish I wish
I wish it was all that easy


Lyrics submitted by Prime_Knight, edited by TheKLF99

"Behind Blue Eyes" as written by Pete Townshend

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  • +7
    General CommentNope.... it's a song about anger,rage,creed,hate,love,looseing,sadness. It's about loveing and messing up. Makeing wrong choices and not being able to fix them. it is about hurting the one you love. yet wanting them back at the same time. it is about being the bad guy, realizeing your wrongs and wanting to make them good. It's just about really wakeing up to reality and seeing what you have done. Haveing to overcome the things in your past so you can move on with that love you share in the present. In other words letting go of old feelings that are harbored so that new may enter into a soul that shall love again!!
    DRAMAGAL03on April 28, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHmm, this song was done better by The Who, but I think Limp Bizkit have definently put a more modern aspect to it. I don't mind it.
    sire_of_black_eyesson January 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOMG!!!SOMEONE COVERED A SONG THAT I LOVE, SO I'M GONNA GO ON THE INTERNET AND BITCH ABOUT IT.....LIKE OMG.

    Grow up people.
    mattjames2010on May 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't know why everbody's trashing Limp. I mean, I don't like any of there music, but they did a surprisingly good job on this song. And about taking out the solo, they had to make it there's somehow; they did the Who's rythm or whatever. So, I approve of it. And don't give me lip for this, I happen to be very devoted to the Classic Rock era.
    PotterHead96
    PotterHead96on July 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentL.I.M.P. Shameless self promotion... tch. Its a song that shows, behind everyone good, evil, there is the opposite. Don't judge people by your knowledge, maybe there is another side who you haven't discovered.
    terrelon April 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is a cover of The Who.
    ethicalsubroutineon May 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLet me just state, as a disclaimer, that I'm a HUGE fan of The Who and I despise Limp Bizkit in general. Now, that being said:

    You pompous piece of trash. This is a fine cover. It doesn't have the total feel of the original, but it's an adequate interpretation. The fact that you claim the original is "one of your favorites" and this is "the worst cover song ever" raises questions about your actual objectivity. Stop trying to sound smart and cultured with your put-down of Limp Bizkit and worship of The Who on what is two very similar versions of the SAME DAMN SONG. You are definitely the stereotypical ignorant trash Eagles fan. (But they have one hell of a team this year)

    On the other side, you're so right about how they left out the killer solo, which is the highlight of the song for me.
    suckmykisson October 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its a decent song, i like his voice when he sings, whatever you think, but we all have are own opinions. but can i ask, what is the point in slagging it off. if you dont like it, why go onto this song page?
    silenttears2004on October 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI say the "Discover L.I.M.P. Say it" is a brillant use of the Speak-N-Spell. Seriously, what other song has utilize on such old technology this this one has? Seriously, using old techinology in music is cool. Heck, a bunch of DJs use old Gameboys to make techno tracks (A whole subculture has come about with this).

    Besides, the music video was made for a promotion for the film "Gothika", so naturally (seeing that the film features the song) the film's leading star (Halle) was going to be in it. The reason for the kiss in the video was to convey the switching of sides. Halle begins as the doctor and Durst as the patient, but then they kiss and then she's the one in Dursts previous position. She is now "behind his eyes" so to speak, and he is in hers.

    That's about it.
    CB2001on February 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are a first-person lament from a man in the Lifehouse story, variously identified as 'Brick' or 'Jumbo', who is always angry and full of angst because of all the pressure and temptation that surrounds him, and the song was intended to be his "theme song" had the project been successful. (The lyrics of the rocking section near the end were actually written by Townsend as a prayer when he was a disciple of Meher Baba after being tempted by a groupie, and incorporated into the song when it was written.)

    Still, the song speaks to the guilt of Europeans stemming from their subjugation of the native peoples in whatever continent they happened to wander into. The title of the song actually begs to speak for the Aryan race and laments the fact that the person behind "blue eyes" is "hated" and "fated to telling only lies" which is a true representation of how the English empire was regarded in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    The French poet Arthur Rimbaud often wrote of belonging to a sickly race of which he was not proud. This theme of self-loathing is fairly common in poetry and Townsend makes good use of it in this song by taking a courageous stance in speaking frankly regarding the unabashed sense of entitlement in the treatment of native peoples. While subjugating native peoples the Europeans still demanded to be catered to, as in the line "...and if I shiver / give me a blanket / keep me warm / let me wear your coat."
    scturnhamon May 03, 2007   Link

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