Song Lyric Spotlight: Where Your Eyes Don’t Go

It’s time again for Song Lyric Spotlight, where I discuss a song whose lyrics strike me as clever or poignant.  A song which uses clever turns of phrase or inventive uses of metaphor.

I mention it, because it’s been a while since the last spotlight and I wanted to give a refresher for any new readers.

Enough preamble, let’s get on with the spotlight.

Today’s I’m spotlighting “Where Your Eyes Don’t Go” (full lyrics) by They Might Be Giants.  This song was released on their 1988 album, Lincoln.

Where Your Eye’s Don’t Go is a tribute to the subconscious mind (with a somewhat nightmarish bent).

It’s a fast-paced song with the lyrics coming rapid-fire talking about the part of our minds that we’re not aware of and what mischief it might be getting up to while we’re not looking.

My favorite part of the lyrics would have to be:

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 skullhead is in front of you
Or is it worse because it’s always waiting where your eyes don’t go?

The reflexiveness (or is it recursiveness) of the first two lines is what sells it for me and captures the mystery inherent in each of our own personal subtexts.

Enjoy the video:


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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