"Narrow Your Eyes" as written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh....
I don't want to change your mind
I don't want to think about your mind
They say love is blind
I don't think you're blind
You don't want to understand
And I don't want to shake your father's hand
And walk in the sand
And act like a man

I get on the bus
And ride past our stop
And though I'm late
I can't get off
I just can't bear to tell you some lies
And narrow your eyes
Narrow your eyes

We'll take back every thing we said
Split up all the things and move ahead
Forgot how you said
We'll split the side off the bed

I get on my bike
Ride down our block
Ride through the world
Through the green lights
But when I think of all your advice
I narrow my eyes
Narrow my eyes

I don't want to change your mind
I don't want to think about your mind
They say love is blind
I don't think you're blind

I get on the bus
Ride past our stop
And though I'm late
I can't get off
I just can't bear to tell you some lies
And narrow your eyes
Narrow your eyes

Now let's toast the sad cold fact
Our love's never coming back
And we'll race to the bottom of a glass
So narrow your eyes
Narrow your eyes
Narrow your eyes
Narrow your eyes
Narrow your eyes
Narrow your eyes


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"Narrow Your Eyes" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    General Commentbasically, he's saying he's not as into the relationship as the girl is. so he's ending it because he's tired of games and lies. trust me. been there.
    NQArbuckleon May 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow, this song says a lot.

    I don't want to change your mind
    I don't want to think about your mind
    They say love is blind
    I don't think you're blind
    You don't want to understand
    And I don't want to shake your father's hand
    And walk in the sand
    And act like a man

    The guy doesn't really want anything to do with this girl anymore, she wants him to be someone he's not and he's not really into her. He says she knows he's not who she wants him to be, but she is afraid to face the facts about their relationship.
    supreme_ruleron July 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow, this song says a lot.

    I don't want to change your mind
    I don't want to think about your mind
    They say love is blind
    I don't think you're blind
    You don't want to understand
    And I don't want to shake your father's hand
    And walk in the sand
    And act like a man

    The guy doesn't really want anything to do with this girl anymore, she wants him to be someone he's not and he's not really into her. He says she knows he's not who she wants him to be, but she is afraid to face the facts about their relationship.
    supreme_ruleron July 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is brilliant. It's this sad song about a mutual breakup. So many good lines in it.

    "They say love is blind / I don't think you're blind"
    Implying that he doesn't think she loves him anymore

    "And I don't want to shake your father's hand"
    Something you'd associate with becoming part of her family

    I also find the whole "race to the bottom of a glass" part incredibly sad, mostly because it's mixed with that really upbeat, almost happy-sounding tempo...

    I like how they use "narrow your eyes", too. Not 100% on what it means, but when I think of narrowing your eyes I think of suspicion, or dislike, or resentment. So he's telling her to narrow her eyes at his lies, and he narrows his eyes when he thinks of things she's told him...

    Ahh, too much awesome as usual, TMBG.
    tailgunneron January 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLIke everyone's comments. To tailgunner I'd say that the key mapping of "narrow[one]" one's "eyes" is to... a healthy skepticism. I think that cuts the knot. The idea is that he's not resentful (or, at least, resentment doesn't hold a central position in his mindset), suspicious (or, at least, not essentially so), or... etc.

    He's allowing a healthy skepticism take root. And his new mindset looks at her and realizes that she doesn't really have an organically healthy view of HIM, as a complete Human Being.

    They sort of covered this idea in the song in Flood, "Twisting", which focused on something a bit more overtly venal; that "period" could be a bulwark for relationship. It's not.

    Anyway, "Narrow Your Eyes" draws a more nuanced, less iconic picture of relationship venality.

    Again, thanks to all who contributed to the commentary on this underappreciated gem in the early TMBG oeuvre.
    razajacon July 22, 2016   Link

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