With You In My Eyes

Written for Tina Jacobowitz to whom I was married in the mid-80s. Many of my songs are written when relationships have gone sour, this one was before the relationship started in an attempt to get it to start. I have to think it helped make that happen (although the result of that, at least for Tina, was not felicitous). I intended the song to be somewhat light in tone with a lot of wordplay and some humor. But when a friend who had never heard the song read the lyrics she commented on how beautiful they were. Not sure about that, but clearly no matter how lightly I intended to treat the song, my deeper feelings came through. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I don’t drink, but I liked the image and the rhymes)

With You In My Eyes

 I’ve been thinking ‘bout the drinking

I’ve been doing lately

I ain’t used to all this booze

It hits me too ornately

At first I’m just a bum in a chair

Brooding ‘bout my latest affair

But soon as I complete another margarita

I notice that you’re standing there

            You’ll never know how many times a day you come to my eyes

            You won’t believe the different places you materialize

            I hear the ringing of my telephone

            And though it’s never you, at least I’m not alone

            I play an old song in a different key

            And just as suddenly there’s harmony

            You can’t imagine all the dreams I visualize

            With you in my eyes, with you in my eyes

People pry ask why am I

So lost in this obsession

They’re afraid this masquerade

Will lead me to depression

I guess it’s just a matter of taste

But look at all the time that they waste

Don’t they ever notice my eyes are out of focus

Just looking at a different face

            You’ll never know how many times a day you come to my eyes

            You won’t believe the different places you materialize

            Friends all lend me their analysis

            But they just seem to miss the point somehow

            I don’t think that they could ever guess

            The kind of woman I am seeing now

            You can’t imagine all the dreams I visualize

            With you in my eyes, with you in my eyes

                        I can see through my unruly mind when you are in my eyes

                        I can see that I am truly blind when you are in my eyes

                        It’s just this feeling of uncertainty

                       Not know if you’re there that should be hurting me

                       But I don’t seem to care, ‘cause you’re exactly where

                       My whole damn future lies, in my eyes

            You’ll never know how many times a day you come to my eyes

            You won’t believe the different places you materialize

            It’s certainly not a flight of fantasy

            It’s just the way that you appear to me

            I’d like to hold you in my arms tonight

            And if the light is right, I just might

            You can’t imagine all the dreams I visualize

            With you in my eyes, with you in my eyes.