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On this post we will learn how to play The Eagles‘ 1972 hit song – Lyin Eyes!
This song is about a woman who cheats on her husband. She is very confused and down, and tells her husband she is going to see a friend when she is actually going to meet her lover. She goes across town to meet the boy with “Fiery eyes and dreams no one can steal.” She gets there and she falls into his arms, but has to leave to go back home. She swears someday she will come back forever, because she is happy there. — Songfacts
How to play “Lyin’ Eyes”
How did they come up with the song?
One night they were drinking in a bar when they spotted this stunning young woman; two steps behind her was a much older, fat, rich guy. As they were half laughing at them one of the Eagles commented, “Look at her, she can’t even hide those lyin eyes!” Immediately, they all began grabbing for cocktail napkins to write down lyrics to go with that great observation.
How to Play Lyin’ Eyes on Guitar
In order to play this song, you need to know the chords and the proper strumming pattern. You can refer to the video above to know the right way or playing this song
Strumming Pattern for Lyin’ Eyes
Lyin Eyes is a slow 4/4 song and uses a variation of Down up strokes.
Lyin Eyes Guitar Chords
LYIN' EYES (The Eagles) G Gmaj7 C City girls just seem to find out early, Am D how to open doors with just a smile. G Gmaj7 C A rich old man and she won't have to worry; Am C G she'll dress up all in lace and go in style. G Gmaj7 C Late at night a big old house gets lonely; Am D I guess every form of refuge has its price. G Gmaj7 C And it breaks her heart to think her love is only Am C G Given to a man with hands as cold as ice. G Gmaj C So she tells him she must go out for the evening Am D To comfort an old friend who's feeling down. G Gmaj7 C But he knows where she's goin' as she's leavin'; Am C G She's headed for that cheatin' side of town. (Chorus) -------------------------------------- G C G Em Bm Am D You can't hide your lyin' eyes, and your smile is a thin disguise. G G9 C A Am D G I thought by now you'd realize there ain't no way to hide those lying eyes. -------------------------------------- On the other side of town a boy is waiting with stormy eyes and dreams no-one could steal She drives on throught the night anticipating Cos she makes him feel the way she used to feel She rushes to his arms they fall together She whispers that its only for a while She says that soon she'll be coming back forever She pulls away and leaves him with a smile (Chorus) G Gmaj7 C She gets up and pours herself a strong one Am D And stares out at the stars up in the sky. G Gmaj7 C Another night, it's gonna be a long one; Am C G She draws the shade and hangs her head to cry. And she wonders how it ever got this crazy She thinks about a boy she knew in school Did she get tired or did she just get lazy She's so far gone, she feels just like a fool G Gmaj7 C My, oh my, you sure know how to arrange things; Am D You set it up so well, so carefully. G Gmaj7 C Ain't it funny how your new life didn't change things; Am C G You're still the same old girl you used to be. (Chorus)There aint no way to hide your lyin eyes Honey you cant hide your lyin eyes