"Where Your Eyes Don't Go" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
Where your eyes don't go a filthy scarecrow waves its broomstick arms
And does a parody of each unconscious thing you do
When you turn around to look it's gone behind you
On its face it's wearing your confused expression
Where your eyes don't go

Where your eyes don't go a part of you is hovering
It's a nightmare that you'll never be discovering
You're free to come and go or talk like Kurtis Blow
But there's a pair of eyes in back of your head

Every jumbled pile of person has a thinking part that wonders
What the part that isn't thinking isn't thinking of
Should you worry when the skull head is in front of you
Or is it worse because it's always waiting where your eyes don't go?

Where your eyes don't go a part of you is hovering
It's a nightmare that you'll never be discovering
You're free to come and go or talk like Kurtis Blow
But there's a pair of eyes in back of your head

Where your eyes don't go a filthy scarecrow waves its broomstick arms
And does a parody of each unconscious thing you do
When you turn around to look it's gone behind you
On its face it's wearing your confused expression
Where your eyes don't go


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"Where Your Eyes Don't Go" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    General Commentparanoia.
    theparasprinteron May 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is written about your subconscious mind. So ur subconscious is always with u and always thinking but you dont realise.

    Like when it sez:

    Every jumbled pile of person has a thinking part that wonders what the part that isn't thinking isn't thinking of.

    The part that isnt thinking is meaning ur subconsious.
    kachingoon March 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThat evil, filthy scarecrow. I almost got the bastard yesterday. I swear it's slowing down, maybe 1,726,892nd time lucky....
    Bornyon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHumm, I don't see the connection to Sartre, could you elaborate on that at all?
    Like Kach, I thought this was about the subconscious (TMBG has a few songs with references to psychology, 'a self called nowhere' for example), specifically I got the impression that it's about how oblivious people can be to them selves, and the tendency people have toward hypocrisy (the scare crow sounds like the manifestation of a mirroring literary device similar to Shakespeare's fools who are able to mock the contradictions of the other characters with impunity). The division of the mind into parts which wonder about each other represents (for me) the often unfair or incorrect assumptions and prejudices that our minds make to simplify the world. The bit about the 'skull face' might be a statement about how frightening and disillusioning it might be to discover what really goes on in your own head, a representation of the evil that lurks with in. I know it's probably a long shot but I think the negative descriptions about the scarecrow (which I see as a mirror of your self) might allude to the fact that what you hate about your self you see in others, and the image of a scarecrow clumsily mimicking someones movements might exaggerate the negative qualities of the person being parroted like a caricature. If the scarecrow is thought of as a part of the mind of the person he follows, the fact that he can't be seen could be saying something about how the mind hides our own faults from ourselves, even though the 'scarecrow' (and presumably the persons hypocrisy) is plain to everyone but the person being sung about.

    Could also have reference to the embarrassing things that people sometimes do with out realizing it.
    carseron October 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is at it's best potential when stoned. I love it, it's brilliance.
    nymphofairyon October 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo... I'm officially creeped out
    billdye44on February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI interpret this song as a Sartrean message... I can't quite remember how to phrase the concept, but I have a strong feeling that the song and philosophy are aligned...
    Kohrahon June 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti could sing the "every jumbled..." line over and over again. not only fun lyrics and twisty melody, but the cadence, especially on that line, really does a lot for this song.

    now please, nobody get me wrong here, love TMBG about 90% of the time, but does the Kurtis Blow inclusion in the song kinda take away from it, in anyone's opinion?
    there's just so many great qualities to this song that of course i always listen and enjoy when it comes up on the mp3 player, but that pop cultural reference just always seems to kind of put me off a bit when i'm otherwise enjoying scarecrow archetypes and weaving-wavy lyrics.
    (i have no problem with Blow, certainly not his soul train appearances, but maybe i'm too young to completely get the reference?)
    KSOfmon November 23, 2010   Link

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