"Lyin' Eyes" as written by and Glenn Frey Don Henley....
City girls just seem to find out early
How to open doors with just a smile
A rich old man
And she won't have to worry
She'll dress up all in lace and go in style

Late at night a big old house gets lonely
I guess every form of refuge has its price
And it breaks her heart to think her love is only
Given to a man with hands as cold as ice

So she tells him she must go out for the evening
To comfort an old friend who's feelin' down
But he knows where she's goin' as she's leavin'
She is headed for the cheatin' side of town

You can't hide your lyin' eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you'd realize
There ain't no way to hide your lyin eyes

On the other side of town a boy is waiting
With fiery eyes and dreams no one could steal
She drives on through the night anticipating
'Cause he makes her feel the way she used to feel

She rushes to his arms; they fall together
She whispers that it's only for awhile
She swears that soon she'll be comin' back forever
She pulls away and leaves him with a smile

You can't hide your lyin' eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you'd realize
There ain't now way to hide your lyin' eyes

She gets up and pours herself a strong one,
And stares out at the stars up in the sky.
Another night, it's gonna be a long one.
She draws the shade and hangs her head to cry.

She wonders how it ever got this crazy.
She thinks about a boy she knew in school.
Did she get tired or did she just get lazy?
She's so far gone she feels just like a fool.

My oh my, you sure know how to arrange things.
You set it up so well, so carefully.
Ain't it funny how your new life didn't change things?
You're still the same old girl you used to be.

You can't hide your lyin' eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you'd realize
There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes
There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes
Honey, you can't hide your lyin' eyes


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"Lyin' Eyes" as written by Glenn Frey Don Henley

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  • +3
    General CommentI think that in this song there are two types of cheating -- the obvious cheating on the older man with the younger, but there are also these lines:

    She whispers that it's only for awhile
    She swears that soon she'll be comin' back forever
    She pulls away and leaves him with a smile

    Which to me sound like she is making false promises to the younger man, because she doesn't want to leave the life of luxury she has with the older. So she is "cheating" him in a sense as well. She realizes that she is stuck in a place where she can either have love or money, but not both.

    I think that the last half of the song sounds like she had plans for her life, to go out and marry rich and become wealthy, but it didn't change anything, so now she has given up a life of happiness for nothing really, because the money doesn't satisfy and neither does the old man (cold as ice).
    And I don't think that her husband is saying it, I think she is reflecting on herself and coming to the realization that she didn't get what she wanted... (feels like a fool).
    maladroitmortalon July 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen i saw the eagles live glen frey commented "i dedicate this song to my first wife, plantiff" he also added "this song is about that secret love triangle that you cant never win"
    basically its about a woman that goes off and cheats on her husband and tries to hide it but it is very obvious. EAGLES ROCK!!
    ccass12on July 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was breaking up with my first wife when this song was on the charts, and it was devastating to me. At the time, I was working in the Rickenbacher (the guitars) wood shop and I remember working at a drill press, hearing this on the radio, and tears just streaming down my face. It was many years before I could listen to it without tearing up.

    I just read Acey Dearest's above post (#6), and something struck me... the last lines before the chorus >>>can be in either voice
    duhaaston June 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"You can't hide your lyin' eyes." That is totally illogical. Her smile is lyin' but her eyes are honest.
    Grackledooon August 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song...my favorite Eagles song. Tequilla sunrise is close but this one takes the cake!
    Tbone732on July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about more than just a woman who is cheating on her husband. Yes, she is lying to her husband, and it's obvious; but she is also lying to herself. She tries to tell herself that she is happy, first that the rich old man makes her happy, and then that having an affair makes her happy. But she's "still the same old girl you used to be" and she can't deny to herself that she is disappointed with what her life has become.
    psycheon March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this..I love the Eagles' harmony and Glenn Fry just has a great voice, same with Henley and the other guy (Dunno name).
    JoE][BoXeRon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah this is one of my favorite eagles songs! that and take it to the limit (hence the user) and ol' 55 which i will be the first to comment on! yeah i agree with psyche on that she's disappointed with what her life as become.
    take it 2 the limiton December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last stanza before the chorus... don't know why but I always thought it was like the husband talking when he found out.

    Good song.
    Acey_Deareston January 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeing involved in a love triangle is the worst.
    Thank God it all ended with me and her together.
    Anyways this is IMO one of Glenn Frey's best. along with Tequila Sunrise.
    MookieBomberon March 04, 2006   Link

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