"Dark Eyes" as written by and Traditional....
Oh, the gentlemen are talking and the midnight moon is on the riverside
They're drinking up and walking and it is time for me to slide
I live in another world where life and death are memorized
Where the earth is strung with lover's pearls and all I see are dark eyes.

A cock is crowing far away and another soldier's deep in prayer
Some mother's child has gone astray, she can't find him anywhere
But I hear another rum beating for the dead that rise
Whom nature's beast fear as they come and all I see are dark eyes.

They tell me to be discreet for all intended purposes
They tell me revenge is sweet, I'm sure it is
But I feel nothing for their game, where beauty goes unrecognized
All I feel is heat and flame, and all I see are dark eyes.

Oh, the French girl, she's in paradise and a drunken man is at the wheel
Hunger pays a heavy prize to the falling god of speed and steel
Oh, time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies
A million faces at my feet but all I see are dark eyes.


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"Dark Eyes" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentAccording to Dylan in Chronicles, Volume 1, this song was written at the Plaza Hotel in New York. If there was a hooker in the hallway, she was a high-priced one.
    Rolo Tomassion October 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that the guy in the song is a soldier. Everyone around is involved in some political upheaval, some revolution or other, but the look in a woman's eyes is all that matters. When the world has gone to hell and selling death, he's buying life. What else is there but dark eyes?
    MysteriousMrMon February 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparently Dylan wrote this after passing a prostitute in the hallway of a hotel. The song was just what he was looking for to finish off Empire Burlesque. If you ask me, it's the only really good song on the album.
    HibbingismyHolyLandon October 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of the few masterpieces that Dylan wrote and recorded in the 80's. Very underrated.
    suarezon July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, this song was something he just wrote up to finish off the album. It didn't seem to have a great lot of meaning to Dylan or fans of the time or those of today, for that matter. I really can't understand why it's so underrated; I absolutely love this song. Very sorrowful.
    hanstangerineon February 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably the best Dylan song in the more than twenty year period between Desire and Time Out of Mind.
    BraveSirRobinon March 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthis voice sounded so good at this point. this is a beautiful song "a million faces at my feet but all i see are dark eyes."
    jasssson November 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey always say 'Where did Dylan go in the 80s?' Well that's a good question, where did Dylan go? To some land where he could write incredible songs and they'd go completely unrecognized, I guess. These must be the same people who didn't 'get' Dylan when he went electric and didn't 'get' Dylan when he went country and didn't 'get' Dylan when he converted. Wake up, Dylan never went anywhere. So his songwriting changed, but it never changed for the worse. Just because it's different doesn't mean it's automatically terrible. Of course there were bad songs and of course there were bad albums, but there were always great ones too. This is in my top 5 for eighties songs along with I and I, Blind Willie McTell, Brownsville Girl and Foot of Pride. Oh and Man in the Long Black Coat. Top six, I guess. Anyways this is a brilliant song. These lyrics are phenomenal, could only be written by Dylan. There's a very interesting live version by him and Patti Smith, highly recommended.
    FootOfPrideon September 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJudy Davis does a kickass drunken version of this song in the movie "High Tide." She ends it by saying in a slurred voice..."that's a great fuckin' song..."
    mchimeson December 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis one other song from Dylan that I think is merely an observation. It is written in the Plaza Hotel and I just think he is observing his surroundings. Every one he sees there are there for him. He don't belong there (I am from another world) and fakes to blend in. He fades out and he's not hearing or caring that people want to see Bob. The only thing he sees is this beautiful woman with dark eyes. In the end he says it more clearly. "million faces at my feet and all I see are dark eyes". Bob doesn't care that people look up to him, or care who and where he is. He sees the beauty in life and then and there the only thing that matters to him is those dark eyes
    JQuickon November 09, 2015   Link

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