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Alejandro Escovedo - Pale Blue Eyes (The Velvet Underground Cover)

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Uploaded on Apr 28, 2011

From '' Bourbonitis Blues ''
Label: Bloodshot Records -- BS 049
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1999

Tracklist
1. I Was Drunk
2. Irene Wilde
3. California Blues
4. Guilty
5. Amsterdam
6. Everybody Loves Me
7. Pale Blue Eyes
8. Sacremento & Polk
9. Sex Beat

Written-By -- Alejandro Escovedo (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 8),
Ian Hunter (tracks: 2),
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (tracks: 9),
Jimmie Rogers (tracks: 3),
John Cale (tracks: 7),
Lou Reed (tracks: 5)

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"Pale Blue Eyes" is a song written by Lou Reed and performed by The Velvet Underground.
It was included on the band's eponymous 1969 album The Velvet Underground.

"Pale Blue Eyes" - along with a number of Reed's other songs - was inspired by his college sweetheart and muse, Shelly Albin, who indeed had pale blue eyes.

The original song has five verses.
First verse starts: "Sometimes I feel so happy; sometimes I feel so sad." The refrain goes: "Linger on your pale blue eyes".

When deciding on a song to play for the first reunion of The Velvet Underground at the Fondation Cartier in 1990, Lou Reed initially said he wanted to play "Pale Blue Eyes", but when someone reminded him that the song was from after John Cale's tenure with the band, Reed declared "then it will have to be Heroin".

Cover versions

"Pale Blue Eyes" has been covered by a number of artists.
In addition to Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker from Velvet Underground, also Eric Andersen, Alejandro Escovedo, Crowded House, Neil Finn, Counting Crows, Hole, Marisa Monte, R.E.M., Tom McRae, Paul Quinn And Edwyn Collins, Patti Smith and Fistful of Mercy have their own versions of this song. The Kills also performed the song live in 2009.

An instrumental version of the song was used in Julian Schnabel's 2007 film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

The song was also used in a scene of the 2008 film August, as well as 2009's "Adventureland."

The original song was featured during the final scenes of the January 25, 2009 episode of Cold Case (CBS) entitled "The Brush Man".
This program regularly features music popular during the time when the cold case being investigated had occurred.
Although the murder in this episode occurred in 1967, "Pale Blue Eyes" was on the album entitled "The Velvet Underground" that was released in 1969. The song was also featured in an episode of Crossing Jordan and an episode of Fringe.

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Lyrics

Sometimes I feel so happy
Sometimes I feel so sad
Sometimes I feel so happy
But lately you just make me mad.
Lately you just make me mad
Linger on, your pale blue eyes,
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

I thought of you as my mountain top
I thought of you as my peak.
I thought of you as everything
I've had but couldn't keep,
I've had but couldn't keep.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes,
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

If I could make the world as pure and strange as what I see,
I'd put you in the mirror I place in front of me
I'd place in front of me.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes,
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

Skip a life completely, stuff it in a cup.
She said money is like us in time,
It lies but can't stand up.
Down for you is up.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes,
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

It was fun what we did yesterday
and I'd do it once again.
The fact that you are married
It only proves that you're my best friend.
But it's truly, truly a sin.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes
Linger on, your pale blue eyes

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