“Eye in the Sky”


Ever have one of those songs that you like when it’s on the radio, but you’re not sure if you’re willing to spend any money to own a copy?  “Eye in the Sky” is like that for me.  It came on the radio this afternoon while I was out running a couple of errands with Dad.  I remember liking this song enough back in 1982 to own the 45 (which was why I chose the supremely boring clip of this song to attach; I remember that label).  But I got rid of it some years ago.  Or I still own it and forgot.  That’s the problem with having a really large collection in a variety of formats: You forget what’s there and what isn’t.  I picked up the special Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time at my local book store a couple weeks ago (more on that in future posts), and I couldn’t remember if I had some of the Dylan albums on the list; I still have to check.

“Eye in the Sky” is definitely a product of its time–all heavy synths and cool 80s production (cool as in emotional temperament, not hipness).  It’s a really good song when you’re listening to it, but it slips away almost as soon as it’s over.  Not forgettable, more like ephemeral.  It’s a wispy, mysterious song.  The more I think about it, the more I think it might be worth the $.99 to download it from itunes (unless it’s $1,29; then I’ll have to think a little harder).  There’s something engaging about the cold-but-conflicted rejection of the tune.  A love song for people who can’t even commit to breaking up.  That’s the kind of indecision I can identify with.

4 thoughts on ““Eye in the Sky”

  1. Your writing about music is so compelling, I look forward to listening to the songs you post. However, I’m turning in now, eastern standard time, so I’m going to listen to this tomorrow — I just appreciate the stories you tell surrounding the music — and they’re so well-written — good night…

    • Thanks so much for your lovely words, Sandee. I’m glad you enjoy what I have to say, and I hope I’ve turned you on to some new music you might enjoy (or reminded you of some stuff you forgot).

    • What is it about this song and kids? I was about 11 when it came out, and really liked it then. I’m glad I could bring back some fond memories for you, Le Clown. Perhaps since you like it, it is more magnificent than I previously realized.

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