"Spanish Eyes" as written by and Madonna Louise Ciccone Madonna Ciccone....
I know for sure his heart is here with me
Though I wish him back, I know he cannot see
My hands trembling, I know he hears me sing

I light this candle and watch it throw
Tears on my pillow
And if there is a Christ, he'll come tonight
To pray for Spanish eyes
And if I have nothing left to show
Tears on my pillow
What kind of life is this if God exists
Then help me pray for Spanish eyes

He had to fight like all the rest
In the barrio all the streets are paved with fear
I don't understand; at least he was a man

I light this candle and watch it throw
Tears on my pillow
And if there is a Christ, he'll come tonight
To pray for Spanish eyes
And if I have nothing left to show
Tears on my pillow
What kind of life is this if God exists
Then help me pray for Spanish eyes

How many lives will they have to take?
How much heartache?
How many suns will they have to burn?
Spanish eyes
When will they ever learn?

You were not the Maravilla in our minds
We were proud to fight but we cannot win this blind
Stand your guns against the wall
Who's next in line to fall

I light this candle and watch it throw
Tears on my pillow
And if there is a Christ, he'll come tonight
To pray for Spanish eyes
And if I have nothing left to show
Tears on my pillow
What kind of life is this if God exists
Then help me pray for Spanish eyes

How many lives will they have to take?
How much heartache?
How many suns will they have to burn?
Spanish eyes
When will they ever learn?


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"Spanish Eyes" as written by Madonna Louise Ciccone Madonna Ciccone

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    General CommentIs about AIDS.
    annazoffon July 01, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is one of Madonna's saddest and bravest ballads, songs and performances, that's for sure. Spanish Eyes is about a prisoner of an undeclared, unexplained and unfathomable war right in her own neighborhood on the California streets of Hollywood where she live at the time she wrote and recorded Like a Prayer. Evita Prelude #3 right behind La Isla Bonita and Who's That Girl?, this sad Ciccone concerto piece is much slower, somber and sadder with Madonna's beautiful Evita/W.E. voice crying Sad and Wet Tears streaming down her Detroit face. Madonna sings, cries and writes "I know his heart is here with me. I wish he would come back. Because he can't see my hands are trembling. However, I know he hears me sing as I cry. He fought like all the rest. The barrio streets are paved with fear. I don't understand. He was a man and my Best Friend and now he's Gone! Why did they take his life? I am filled with Sadness and Heartache-and I am All Still Wet and in Tears. His beautiful Spanish Eyes still mean everything to me! I'm All Still Wet! When will they learn to stop the violence? The California police are not so marvelous in our minds! I'm proud to fight bur I will not win blind! Stand the guns against the wall! Who's next to die for a mistake? For my special lost friend-Your tears of sadness won't let me forget you! Your tears of sadness I'll never forget! I light this beautiful candle and I I watch it throw Wet Tears on my Pillow. If I say a Christian Prayer to Jesus Christ, He'll come tonight to Pray for my Spanish Eyes. Even if I Have Nothing left to show but my Sad and Wet Tears on my pillow I ask a question: What kind of life is this?-if God exists? Then help me to Pray for Spanish Eyes!" Then as if to cry all alone, Madonna has a terrible flashback-her two ex-husbands/soulmates/loves she lost-Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie. All alone sad and crying-is it a dream or a nightmare for Madonna? No one knows except her. That's why I think Spanish Eyes is a beautiful Madonna Song, one of her best. Good job Evita Madge!
    rabbitbunnyon April 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of the best moments from the brilliant Like A Prayer album to me! And it's a really sad song indeed. I guess it's about a Spanish guy who was shot by a kind of 'mafia', who commands the 'latino' part of a town where that guy used to live in, after fighting bravely against them. And all the other 'latino' residents of his 'barrio' were surprised with this, since he never was taken as being someone so courageous. By her turn, Madonna is representing a 'latino' girl who knew him and now she is praying for his soul as a devoted Catholic person, despite she never really believed in her own faith until the day that vivid guy died...
    circusjuggleron October 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentaccording to (collegian.psu.edu/archive/1989/03/03-24-89tdc/…), the song is about a dead soldier. really cool song.
    rogbon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, one of my definite favourties.
    jacobalynnon November 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningBeautiful poignant song written to late Christopher Flynn. Her dance teacher from a latino background; who died of AIDS around those years, the late eighties. She needed to say something through her grief, but I think she genuinely avoided making it too abvious or turn the whole thing into some kind of "pop star tribute". For secrecy reason I suppose. Not to put the man, and his fight against the illness under the spot and become one interview topic amongst many others during the promotion of the allbum Like a Prayer in 1989. Such a delicate, a reasonable and a thoughtful thng to do. Shows she isn't that much of a clueless bitch....

    ;)
    SheeperThePoeton June 12, 2017   Link

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