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Lyin' Eyes song meanings
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    I 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
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    when 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
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    I 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 23, 2003   Link
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    Woman marries older man for money. Man loves her, but can't satisfy her. She cheats. He knows. She promises the younger man she is cheating with she will leave the old man and run away with him. It's a lie. He knows. She murders the old man. The young man she wants to run away with wont. She is now the the one being lied to. Nothing changed in her life by killing the old man. She is still unhappy. Full circle.

    kobo1don April 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    where did you get the murder part from?

    Kaaaaaon June 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    You gotta love The Eagles. Not only do they have great lyrics that flow, they are able to shape the lyrics into a tune that is just as great as the lyrics. Both the music and the lyrics in this song convey the passion and hurt in this song.

    You know a band is really good when they make music like this.

    guess|whoon September 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    I love the quote "ev'ry form of refuge has its price. It's so true in life that whenever you seek shelter from something there is a tradeoff.

    jmc11601on September 11, 2006   Link
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    gotta love the music to this song. you know who it reminds me of? anna nicole smith. she married that old guy for "love" but to me it seemed like MONEY.. and i can't say she cheated on him like in this song. it's a bittersweet song, am i right or am i right? the part.. "she's headed for the cheatin' side of town. you can't hide your lyin' eyes." gives me a sad smile.

    krriisttiion February 24, 2007   Link
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    According to the Eagles' biography book, the original inspiration of the song came from a waitress who was serving them when they were on the road. After she took their order, one of the guys said, "She sure has some lyin' eyes" and then they all started scribbling lyrics on napkins.

    That was the platform and then of course the rest of the story was built from there...

    RichardYoon March 07, 2007   Link
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    I 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

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