Here he comes the boy who tried to vanish to the future or the past
Is no longer here with his sad blue eyes
Here he comes he floated away and as he rose above reason
He rose above the clouds he was seven feet high
Here he comes the night is like a glove and he's floating like a dove
That catches the wind in the deep blue sky
Here he comes the boy who tried to vanish to another time
Is no longer here with his sad blue eyes

Here he comes here he comes
Here he comes the boy who tried to vanish to another place
Sees us following him all one at a time
Here he comes and we're checking out each others supplies
And looking at the eyes of all the others standing in the line
Here he comes the night is like a glove and he's floating like a dove
With his deep blue eyes in the deep blue sky
Here he comes the boy who tried to vanish to the future or the past
Is no longer alone among the dragonflies
Here he comes here he comes

Who will remember him

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Here he comes Lyrics as written by Brian Eno

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    General CommentWhere do you start with this?

    Fabulous imagery which explores the seduction of this boy escaping time and space, while constantly reminded of his humanity. He 'rose above reason'? and yet is 'no longer alone among the dragonflies'? He is 'checking out each others supplies'? but 'With his deep blue eyes in the deep blue sky'?

    This album is not for narratives. It's a "find stillness and let these images wash over you" album and this song is one of the gems. An utterly timeless album in every sense.
    Ozquonkon May 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Brian Eno song, though it makes me cry nearly every time I hear it, partly from a kind of melancholy but also from a yearning for that part of my innocence I often neglect.

    Not to invoke Carly Simon, but I feel like this song is about me. Please don't think me so vain.

    In so many ways, it seems to be about a great many boys (and girls) whose spirits transcend the boundaries of linear time and mundane circumstance. Our "deep blue eyes" may be brown, green or hazel in reality, but our true selves mirror one another as if we were all as stars in the night sky or all that same blue as the blue sky.

    I would place this song beside "And She Was" by Brian's friend and frequent collaborator, David Byrne and songs that remind us, as Ozquonk did in his comments, that some imagery are the kind that simply "are" and must be observed outside of the confines of a story telling us "what happened". This didn't "happen". This, in fact, is happening right now.

    These lyrics read like a dream journal.
    CravenImageson May 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my least favorite song on the album "Before or After Science," so it is unlikely that my analysis will transcend that opinion.

    The musical backing on this track reminds me of the "jam along" presets you can find on most cheap keyboards; "Here He Comes" sounds like the preset for "country" music -- the beat is freakishly consistent and minimal, with total repetition in just about every instrument. The patterns are monotonous and constant, altering only slightly to accomodate basic chord changes.

    The lyrics, too (and vocal delivery), seem monotonous and cliched in many ways, but also surreal and most likely important to the overall arc of the album as a whole. The title "Here He Comes" strikes me as a very mundane lyric, lazily pilfered from the collective unconsciousness of pop detritus. The same goes for the following:

    "with his sad blue eyes" -- this cliche seems especially shoehorned -- it extends the expected phrase length in what sounds like a deliberately awkward manner.
    "floating like a dove" -- yawn.
    "the deep blue sky" -- this seems intentionally sophomoric, but maybe I'm wrong.

    The rest of the lyrics are rather surreal and, at some level, disconcerting -- especially in the context of the song's static arrangement and the insertions of poetic banality outlined above.

    We learn that the boy "tried to vanish to the future or the past is no longer here" -- pretty strange stuff to hear in a country song. I would presume that "the boy" felt out of place in the modern Scientific society depicted in "King's Lead Hat," so he "tried to vanish to the future or the past" (ie, Before or After Science), and apparently succeeded, because he is "no longer here." His blue eyes were sad.

    The boy "rose above reason," implying a transcendence of the tyranny of the King's Lead Hat (if you're not wearing a lead hat, you can float away, apparently). Each verse seems to lose track of itself -- we are told "here he comes," but then in the same sentence we learn that the boy "is no longer here" -- a direct contradiction as far as I can tell. The metric phrase length of each line of verse is disconcerting as well. This poetic dislocation seems to be engineered specifically to make the audience question what they are hearing -- and in doing so, question reason itself. The lyrics and the static music seem like a rebellion against energy itself, and traditional "rational" sense in some ways. The music frustrates and impedes, as if to say, "be patient; relax; don't over-analyze this."

    Later, the boy "sees us following him all one at a time." Did the boy die? Did he transcend the tyranny of rationalism? Was he the first to reach the next plane, "after Science"? Regardless, the boy's message seems clear and the masses seem to have responded. Personally, I think Eno's lyrics are about embracing death and the serenity of escaping the human condition (or, as it may be, the King's Lead Hat).

    "Checking out each other's supplies" -- what will you bring with you when you die? Probably not even your mind or your memories; thus, "who will remember him?" No one -- in death, "he" is us.

    Eno seems to associate tiny bugs and miniscule life with the after-death state of stillness and oneness -- thus, "he" is "no longer alone among the dragonflies." This association will resurface in "Spider and I."
    msmoxwilliamson April 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis lyric is wonderfully open to individual interpretation.

    For a long time, I only saw it as a metaphor for dying, the boy with the sad blue eyes is no longer here, meaning he passed away.

    I still want it to be played at my funeral, but recent experiences in my life opened me to the interpretation of iot being about personal transformation.

    The boy hasn't died, he's changing and leaving behind his old persona.

    The catalyst for my own current growth is a reunion with a long ago love of mine, and as we catch up on all that we have lived and learned in the 35 years since we last saw each other, "checking out each others' supplies" reminds me of how we're sharing the lessons we've learned while we were apart, as well as our potential for future growth.

    "Looking at the eyes of all the others standing in the line" is vague and fascinating, but it reminds me of how the two of us are examining the loves we've had since we were together, how we saw them and how they saw us.

    This boy who used to want to "vanish to the future or past" is learning to be in the present. He's rising above mere reason and learning to trust his heart. Sometimes it feels so good that he's in the clouds, he feels "seven feet high." Even when the night grips him like a glove, he's still "floating like a dove."

    (The dove, a symbol of making peace)

    I'm not there yet myself, but for the first time in a long time, I see it as a possibility.
    Euthymiaon March 14, 2016   Link
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    General CommentHere he comes

    I don't think it is about death as it would have to be about suicide "who TRIED to vanish". To me Brian has never implied suicide in his songs.

    The fact that "he has SAD blue eyes" suggests that he did want to attain more than he was.

    Given that he "rose above reason" suggests that he did indeed attain. And that he was "seven feet high" and "floating like a dove" suggests he liked it.

    "Here he comes" would suggests he is very much alive and sharing his attainment. What is "no longer here" is a boy that HAD sad blue eyes. My guess is they are sad no more. But if they are it is because he longs for others to attain what he has.

    In fact, many want what he has "sees us following him", but not all achieve and why he is "checking out their eyes".

    One thing is for sure, he is in a better place "no longer with the dragonflies". Given that dragonflies connote far away lands, lands of fairies and lore, it suggests that he has attained something real and far better.
    Rpopon April 30, 2017   Link

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