Hey blue eyes

 

This is the first in an occasional series where I’ll be highlighting a particular song I think has special merit.

 

She says, in this house it’s so easy
To set a world on fire, all you need is a name, the money
And a soul full of reckless desire

 

 

American Beauty  4 track EP (released 2014) High Hopes album outtakes.

“Hey Blue Eyes is one of Springsteen’s darkest political songs. “Written during the Bush years, it’s a metaphor for the house of horrors our government’s actions created in the years following the invasion of Iraq. At its center is the repressed sexuality and abuse of power that characterized Abu Ghraib prison. I feel this is a shadow we as a country have yet to emerge from.”  – brucespringsteen.net

This track has been misinterpreted as a relationship song and, in a sense, that is exactly what it is. It’s about America’s relationship with the rest of the world and the American government’s relationship with its people.

The darkly threatening sexuality that permeates the lyrics was born not only in the perverse crimes of Abu Ghraib but in the corrupt halls of power where the ruling elite believe they can do as they please.

Easily one of Springsteen’s darkest and most accusatory songs.

They’re holdin’ a committee, of treason and lies
Doublespeak and sedition, then somebody dies
From the hill the smell of lilacs, the repeat of guns
She closes the window, draws the blinds
Her first touch sucks the air from my lungs
Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
Hey blue eyes yea it’s all right

She says in this house we’ve abandoned history
In this house there are no laws
Just the false taste of paradise, and then the fall
In this house the guilty go unpunished, blood and silence prevail
Here the dead remain nameless, the nameless remain jailed
Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
Hey blue eyes yea it’s all right

In this house there’s just the dust of bones
The basement’s filled with lye
In this house our son’s and daughters, are spilled like wine
So come close my pretty darlin’ and let me feel your disease
Tonight I’ll have you naked, and crawlin’ at the end of my leash
Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
Hey blue eyes hey it’s all right

She says, in this house it’s so easy
To set a world on fire, all you need is a name, the money
And a soul full of reckless desire
Now upstairs the landlord is dining with all of his very close friends
Don’t worry they’ll have their bags packed and be long gone
Before the real fucking begins
Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
Hey blue eyes hey it’s all right
Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
Hey blue eyes yea it’s all right

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