I'm lying in a hospital,
I'm pinned against the bed.
A stethoscope upon my heart,
A hand against my head.
They're peeling off the bandages.
I'm wincing in the light.
The nurse is looking anxious,
And she's quivering in fright

I'm looking through Gary Gilmore's eyes.

The doctors are avoiding me.
My vision is confused.
I listen to my earphones,
And I catch the evening news.
A murderer's been killed,
And he donates his sight to science.
I'm locked into a private ward.
I realise that I must be

Looking through Gary Gilmore's eyes.

Looking through Gary Gilmore's eyes.

I smash the light in anger.
Push my bed against the door.
I close my lids across my eyes,
And wish to see no more.
The eye receives the messages,
And sends them to the brain.
No guarantee the stimuli must be perceived the same

When looking through Gary Gilmore's eyes.

Gary don't need his eyes to see.
Gary and his eyes have parted company.

Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Gary Gilmore's Eyes" as written by Timothy Smith

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentI'm surprised no one's commented on this song. lyrically, it's a grim fantasy about receiving a corneal transplant from executed killer Gary Gilmore who, following a murderous binge, begged for death and was the last man to be killed by Utah's firing squad. musically, it's the Yardbirds "For Your Love" and, in many ways, is the best summation of the punk rock spirit: a nod to the style of earlier rock, updated and re-contextualized with a particularly virulent lyrical nihilism. truly brilliant.
    Halo Apeon January 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgary gilmore went postal this is about reiceiving his corneas
    strokesmanon December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSeeing the world through the eyes of a killer...

    This song is a classic that stands the test of time.
    AudiDriveron June 08, 2007   Link

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