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Eyes Without A Face
Song

Eyes Without A Face

Billy Idol
Album:
Rebel Yell

Meaning of the song Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol


Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face), a 1960 French film, was one of the horror movie names that Idol mentioned in his memoir Dancing with Myself. In an attempt to restore his daughter's beauty, the plastic surgeon in the film murdered people and used their facial features to transplant onto his daughter. The daughter had suffered facial disfigurement in an automobile accident. She ended up with just her eyes—"eyes without a face"—remaining of her former visage. Idol saw some similarities between the moral decline he witnessed while residing in New York during the 1980s and the film.


Idol added a rap and it was all over the discos and clubs in New York at the time. Idol claimed he improvised some rap lines over the riff.


It became the first of Idol's top-10 hits in the US, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Lyrics of the song Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol


[Billy Idol:]

I'm all out of hope

One more bad dream

Could bring a fall

When I'm far from home

Don't call me on the phone

To tell me you're alone

It's easy to deceive

It's easy to tease

But hard to get release

 

[Billy Idol (Perri Lister):]

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

Got no human grace

You're eyes without a face

 

[Billy Idol:]

I spend so much time

Believing all the lies

To keep the dream alive

Now it makes me sad

It makes me mad at truth

For loving what was you

 

[Billy Idol (Perri Lister):]

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

Got no human grace

You're eyes without a face

 

[Billy Idol:]

When you hear the music, you make a dip

Into someone else's pocket then make a slip

Steal a car and go to Las Vegas

Oh, the gigolo pool

Hanging out by the state line

Turning holy water into wine

Drinking it down, oh

I'm on a bus on a psychedelic trip

Reading murder books, trying to stay hip

I'm thinking of you and you're out there, so

Say your prayers

Say your prayers

Say your prayers

 

Now I close my eyes

And I wonder why

I don't despise

Now all I can do

Is love what was once

So alive and new

But it's gone from your eyes

I'd better realise

 

[Billy Idol (Perri Lister):]

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

(Les yeux sans visage)

Eyes without a face

Got no human grace

You're eyes without a face

Such a human waste

You're eyes without a face

 

[Billy Idol:]

And now it's getting worse

Release Date

1984

Songwriter/s

Billy Idol, Steve Stevens

Producer/s

Keith Forsey

Label/s

Chrysalis

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