Welcome to Bossy’s Ear Worm, which features songs currently in Bossy’s headphones. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
The Flamingos, I Only Have Eyes For You.
The first thing you should know is Bossy has no particular reverence for songs recorded in the 1950s, even if that song was written in 1934. Doo wop has just never been a favorite — everything in this era usually sounds a little too White for Bossy, even when recorded by black artists.
But this song always gets Bossy where she lives. And sorry if this is a little technical.
First of all, what a sweet intro guitar chord progression. Next, Bossy loves the phrasing:
My love must be a kind… of blind love
I can’t see anyone but you
How very cool to begin the song with such a staggered phrase, and the fact it’s comprised of only two lines and not the traditional four.
Next: these particular backing vocals comprise Bossy’s favorite of all times, with the possible exception of Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side.
And then there’s the simple syncopation of piano, like a metronome throughout the song. And the almost Hawaiian-influenced guitar chords, which Bossy also has never admired. Never say never.
Are the stars out tonight
I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright
I only have eyes for you, dear
The moon may be high
but I can’t see a thing in the sky,
I only have eyes for you
I don’t know if we’re in a garden
Or on a crowded avenue
But Bossy’s favorite thing about this song above all other things is despite the fact the main vocal monkeys around, the backing vocals ride the root throughout.
You are here
And so am I
Maybe millions of people go by
But they all disappear from view
And I Only Have Eyes For You