"Sad Eyes" as written by Alice Glass and Ethan Kath....
Every day here you come walking
I hold my tongue, I don't do much talking
You say you're happy and you're doin' fine
Well go ahead, baby, I got plenty of time
Sad eyes never lie
Sad eyes never lie

Well for a while I've been watching you steady
Ain't gonna move 'til you're good and ready
You show up and then you shy away
But I know pretty soon you'll be walkin' this way
Sad eyes never lie
Sad eyes never lie

Baby don't you know I don't care
Don't you know that I've been there
Well if something in the air feels a little unkind
Don't worry darling, it'll slip your mind

I know you think you'd never be mine
Well that's okay, baby, I don't mind
That shy smile's sweet, that's a fact
Go ahead, I don't mind the act
Here you come all dressed up for a date
Well one more step and it'll be too late
Blue blue ribbon in your hair
Like you're so sure I'll be standing here



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    General CommentI think this is about two people that feel it is not the best time to express their feelings. One is with someone, possibly even married and she is in denial that she's unhappy.

    Bruce knows how she feels since she starts to open up because she feels so comfortable around him, but feels guilty and shies away. Bruce is trying to be stoic about the whole thing. He's not going to bring up their situation but instead only talk about her, and he's not gonna make a move while she's still with the other man. He's pretty confident she'll leave the other guy since he knows she's unhappy.
    The last part is where it gets complicated. Bruce can wait for her to leave the other guy, he has no problem waiting, but until she does he's not gonna keep up these games. He's flattered by her flirting but at the same time he's kinda giving her the cold shoulder -"if something in the air feels a little unkind"- because he wants her to leave her man and be his for real. She wants to cheat on her husband, that's why she gets dressed up for Bruce, but she doesn't leave her husband because she doesn't think Bruce is for real "like your so sure I'll be standing there." Througout this whole love tango, Bruce doesn't say a word, he is waiting till she's good and ready to have her for good, he doesn't want just a little love fling. I think the last chorus the sad eyes are his and they'll let her know what he wants.
    J-factoryon July 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentonce u understand it it is prolly one of the best songs ever written, but i think u have to experience certain things and be in a certain position to understand it. its about him who loved this shy girl thats prolly rly sweet but has a lot of issues with herself, but shes too shy and secretevly to talk about it so she pretends everythings fine. she kinda lives her own life and its clear that he loved her, he had problems too, prolly relating her (he couldnt have her?!) and might not have told her that
    Baby don't you know I don't care
    Don't you know that I've been there
    he doesnt care anymore, hes over it, he loved her once but: "I know you think you'd never be mine
    Well that's okay, baby, I don't mind" she never loved him and still doesnt, theyre prolly just good friends, she has other things on her mind than him, but he was in love with her. its so normal for her having him as a friend "Here you come all dressed up for a date
    Well one more step and it'll be too late
    Blue blue ribbon in your hair
    Like you're so sure I'll be standing here" .. its about missunderstanding, he loves her and she expects him to be just a friend which hurts the one that feels more...sad eyes, just in each case a different reason, he cuz of her, she cuz of other things in her life
    stef4non January 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's the opposite... this person is patiently waiting for the other one to wander off because he knows for sure she will end up with him, because her eyes (sad) tell him he is right about her feelings... in the meantime the girl is with other boys and all that crap, and still the guy with his pride tells her he might not be there in the end, but he knows the girl is sure of the opposite, because he's got sad eyes too, and she can tell that he loves her. Awesome song...
    TigerlilyGirlon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment*you're
    J-factoryon November 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentq
    kriss90on March 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about two very close friends but he is in love with her (of course, he's not telling that to her). She has her life and I think that she is searching for a love but always with the wrong guys, and she tells him about her life, her relationships and pretends she's happy but her eyes can't lie. He doesn't wan't to listen about other guys, that why he doesn't do much talking, he ¨doesn't˝ care and he acts unkind. Although she's tellling him she's fine, he knows her better that she herself and because her eyes and her acting he knows (actually deeply believes) that, eventually, she will realize that he's the man for her, her true love and that's why he doesn't mind waiting. In the last part, where she's all dressed up for a date, it's not date with him but with some other (wrong) guy. He knows that this will, again, end up badly for her and, than, she will come to him (because he's her friend) for a comfort because, and she knows that, he will be there for her. And he will be, because he can't help himself and because he knows she will be his in the end.

    It's a beautiful song and this story is commom among very close friends. One falls in love with another one, he/she keeps silent about that because they don't want to risk friendship, so they patiently wait for the other one to realize that they're meant to be. In the meaning time, he/she has to listen about her/his life, including love, because that's what friends do.
    kriss90on March 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHe can be her friend who helps her, because he knows that sad eyes never lie
    alberto maon December 26, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationAccording my personal point of view he is for her more than a friend
    alberto maon January 02, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI've loved this song for years and never could quite figure out what it was about, but I recently got a lightbulb moment. This song is phenomenal and it captures so much emotional complexity in just a few simple lines.

    I think it's about two people who have known each for a while in passing, as acquaintances. They have a certain connection, however he is more aware of this than she is. He gets her, a little too well.
    She's unhappy, and she has issues. Personally I imagine that's she's deeply insecure. Her self esteem is shaken. Perhaps she's dealing with a breakup or a personal tragedy (he's been through something similar, but she doesn't know that). She finds him sympathetic, which is what draws her closer to him - he can see her unhappiness in her eyes and she feels that he understands her, so she finds herself wanting to draw closer to him. But then she gets freaked out (because she feels like she's damaged, because she's afraid of getting hurt or rejected) so she withdraws again - "You show up and then you shy away"

    He is attracted to her, and they have that connection, so he's patient. He knows that her unhappiness will drive her to seek comfort and she will eventually come to him.

    However, underneath the surface he feels disdain for her and a certain malice. Although he's drawn to her he can also see how wrapped up she is in herself. She's self-absorbed, and doesn't realize she's not the only person who might be unhappy. He's been unhappy too; in fact this is why he understands her so well. "Baby don't you know I don't care/Don't you know that I've been there"

    She is seeing him because she wants him to make her feel better, she's hoping he can distract her from her unhappiness. But she is not really thinking about him; he's not a real person to her. He can see her shallowness and this causes him to look down on her as well: ("If something in the air feels a little unkind...")

    The line "I know you think you'd never be mine/Well that's ok baby, I don't mind" speaks volumes. Maybe in the past when she was happier, she wouldn't have given him the time of day. Maybe he's not handsome enough, or he's in a lower social class or something - she would have considered him beneath her. But now, when she's feeling low, she would 'stoop to his level' so to speak, because she is searching for a fix for her sadness.
    And even while being attracted to her ("That shy smile's sweet, that's a fact") he's cynical and disdainful of her insincerity ("Go ahead, I don't mind the act.")

    In the last verse it gets even darker. "Here you come all dressed up for a date/One more step and it'll be too late" He's simultaneously mocking and predatory. He gets satisfaction out of luring her towards him, because she previously considered herself too good for someone like him. He knows that as soon as she opens herself up to him - as soon as she stops being fake - he'll have the power to hurt her. I picture him as a wolf in sheep's clothing, or a spider catching a fly in his web.

    "Blue blue ribbon in your hair/Like you're so sure I'll be standing here" Her insecurities are plain for him to see, and it brings out something sadistic. He gets jaded satisfaction out of this small sign of trust (the ribbon in her hair). Even though he did show up at the date, he knows that he didn't have to, and he could have easily made a fool out of her. It ends with a reversal of fortunes - once she considered herself better than him, but at the end of the song it's clear that he has the upper hand.
    HypnoticBoogieon January 01, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationI've loved this song for years and never could quite figure out what it was about, but I recently got a lightbulb moment. This song is phenomenal and it captures so much emotional complexity in just a few simple lines.

    I think it's about two people who have known each for a while in passing, as acquaintances. They have a certain connection, however he is more aware of this than she is. He gets her, a little too well.
    She's unhappy, and she has issues. Personally I imagine that's she's deeply insecure. Her self esteem is shaken. Perhaps she's dealing with a breakup or a personal tragedy (he's been through something similar, but she doesn't know that). She finds him sympathetic, which is what draws her closer to him - he can see her unhappiness in her eyes and she feels that he understands her, so she finds herself wanting to draw closer to him. But then she gets freaked out (because she feels like she's damaged, because she's afraid of getting hurt or rejected) so she withdraws again - "You show up and then you shy away"

    He is attracted to her, and they have that connection, so he's patient. He knows that her unhappiness will drive her to seek comfort and she will eventually come to him.

    However, underneath the surface he feels disdain for her and a certain malice. Although he's drawn to her he can also see how wrapped up she is in herself. She's self-absorbed, and doesn't realize she's not the only person who might be unhappy. He's been unhappy too; in fact this is why he understands her so well. "Baby don't you know I don't care/Don't you know that I've been there"

    She is seeing him because she wants him to make her feel better, she's hoping he can distract her from her unhappiness. But she is not really thinking about him; he's not a real person to her. He can see her shallowness and this causes him to look down on her as well: ("If something in the air feels a little unkind...")

    The line "I know you think you'd never be mine/Well that's ok baby, I don't mind" speaks volumes. Maybe in the past when she was happier, she wouldn't have given him the time of day. Maybe he's not handsome enough, or he's in a lower social class or something - she would have considered him beneath her. But now, when she's feeling low, she would 'stoop to his level' so to speak, because she is searching for a fix for her sadness.
    And even while being attracted to her ("That shy smile's sweet, that's a fact") he's cynical and disdainful of her insincerity ("Go ahead, I don't mind the act.")

    In the last verse it gets even darker. "Here you come all dressed up for a date/One more step and it'll be too late" He's simultaneously mocking and predatory. He gets satisfaction out of luring her towards him, because she previously considered herself too good for someone like him. He knows that as soon as she opens herself up to him - as soon as she stops being fake - he'll have the power to hurt her. I picture him as a wolf in sheep's clothing, or a spider catching a fly in his web.

    "Blue blue ribbon in your hair/Like you're so sure I'll be standing here" Her insecurities are plain for him to see, and it brings out something sadistic. He gets jaded satisfaction out of this small sign of trust (the ribbon in her hair). Even though he did show up at the date, he knows that he didn't have to, and he could have easily made a fool out of her. It ends with a reversal of fortunes - once she considered herself better than him, but at the end of the song it's clear that he has the upper hand.
    HypnoticBoogieon January 01, 2017   Link

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