Song Lyric Sunday – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Some great prompts from Jim Adams this weeK for the Song Lyric Sunday challenge. He has given us facial body parts – Chin, Ears, Eyes, Face, Mouth and Nose. I’m sure we will see many songs about eyes and faces, but ears and chin, I don’t know so much!

I have chosen Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. There is a great backstory to this song and if you have seen Jersey Boys, the musical, you will remember it. It was almost the song that never was.

In 1960, after a failed audition at a bowling establishment in Union Township, songwriter/pianist Robert Gaudio shook hands with lead singer Frankie Valli and formed the Four Seasons Partnership, and Gaudio, Valli, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi became The Four Seasons. Gaudio wrote their first hit Sherry, 15 minutes before a rehearsal in 1962 and was responsible for a string of their subsequent hits. In an interview with Terry Gross of WBUR in 2014,  Robert Gaudio was asked

“When Frankie Valli was solo you wrote a song for him that became a huge hit for you – “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Can you tell us the story behind the song?”

GAUDIO: I think he and I had talked about solo for ages. One reason – A. He would love to do a solo – B. He deserved to do a solo because of all the lead singers that I know in this business he’s one of the people that had the potential to rise above a career that he had that was pretty huge. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” was the first major shot – not the first time he recorded as a solo artist – but the first major try at bringing Frankie to the forefront and even at that it sat in the can for over a year. When I mean the can we made the record and it went into the archives because the record company as it says in the show didn’t think it had the potential to be top 40 radio and at the time top 40 radio was in a transition period. It didn’t know if it was pop, if it was Andy Williams if it was, you know, the Rolling Stones and, you know, the Beatles. It didn’t know what was. So it was a void and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” it sounds soft music now, but at the time when those drums came in and that chorus came in it was not an easy sell for soft stations and it was a hard sell for hard stations because it wasn’t hard enough. So, it was a chore getting that record played, but it also made Frankie’s dream come true and if you notice I can’t think of a record that was a Frankie Valli solo that he sang falsetto on and that was on purpose because we wanted to have a clear delineation between the two – sound wise and song wise.

GROSS: Oh, I know that never occurred to me.

GAUDIO: Well, there you go.

GROSS: There you go, yeah, OK.

According to Songfacts:

The song reeks of success, and just about everybody involved in it went on to a smash career. The song itself is almost an institution – it’s a contender for one of the top most-covered songs of all time. Cover versions include artists Andy Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Diana Ross & the Supremes, The Temptations, Julio Iglesias, Gloria Gaynor, Maureen McGovern, Manic Street Preachers, and Lauryn Hill (who got a Grammy nomination – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance – for her version).

Lyrics

You're just too good to be true
I can't take my eyes off you
You'd be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive
You're just too good to be true
Can't take my eyes off you

Pardon the way that I stare
There's nothing else to compare
The sight of you leaves me weak
There are no words left to speak
But if you feel like I feel
Please let me know that is real
You're just too good to be true
I can't take my eyes off you

I love you baby
And if it's quite all right
I need you baby
To warm the lonely nights
I love you baby
Trust in me when I say
Oh pretty baby
Don't bring me down I pray
Oh pretty baby
Now that I've found you stay
And let me love you, baby
Let me love you

You're just too good to be true
I can't take my eyes off you
You'd be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive
You're just too good to be true
Can't take my eyes off You

I love you baby
And if it's quite all right
I need you baby
To warm the lonely nights
I love you baby
Trust in me when I say

Oh pretty baby
Don't bring me down I pray
Oh pretty baby
Now that I've found you stay
Oh pretty baby
Trust in me when I say

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bob Crewe / Robert Gaudio
Can't Take My Eyes Off You lyrics
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Broma 16

	    

  28 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

  1. November 30, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Great background info on the song, Christine. So glad they decided to pull it out of the can and record it. I love Frankie’s voice!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 30, 2019 at 11:57 pm

      I was unaware of the story until I saw the show Jersey Boys. They kept you wondering what song and then you hear the opening music and you know immediately. 🙂

  2. December 1, 2019 at 2:02 am

    An excellent song choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Thank you! Yes, this song evokes so many memories. I smile every time I hear that intro ☺️

  3. December 1, 2019 at 2:50 am

    I really love this song!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 7:28 am

      Thanks! Isn’t it great? ☺️

  4. December 1, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Hi Christine, great song from s great era love it. And lots of great facts too 😁💜💜💜

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Willow. Yes for sure 🙂💕

      • December 1, 2019 at 7:37 am

        💜💜💜 happy days 💜

  5. December 1, 2019 at 5:14 am

    An old fave ❤️❤️❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Paula. 🙂💕

  6. December 1, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Ah, this instantly cheered me up. I lived in Berlin in my early twenties and used to listen to an oldie channel which played this song often. Thanks for sharing. 🙋‍♀️🐝

    • Christine Bolton
      December 2, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      Found your comment in my Spam box … thanks so much 🙂 yes lots of good memories

      • December 2, 2019 at 2:37 pm

        It happens. No problem. Happy Monday 🙋‍♀️🐝

      • Christine Bolton
        December 2, 2019 at 2:48 pm

        You too ❤️❤️

  7. December 1, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I was thinking of this song too Christine. It’s brilliant!

    The Andy Williams version had a revival here around twenty years ago. I remember it being played everywhere I went in my teens. I remember gangs of men singing it at karaoke nights. It was such a popular song, I don’t know what re-lit the spark back then, but I have so many memories of fun nights with friends when this song featured in our fun.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 7:30 am

      I remember the Andy Williams version too. He had such a smooth voice, didn’t he? Yes, I have a lot of memories from this song. It just makes me smile when I hear it 🙂💕

  8. December 1, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Sweet and sentimental. Great choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Jilly 🙂💕

  9. December 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Christine thanks for starting my day off with this lovely song. I think you are right about us getting a lot songs about eyes and faces, but I will just have to wait and see.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Yes I want to see one about a chin! 🙂

  10. December 1, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Great choice. It’s one of the songs I never tire of.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Me neither. It always makes me smile 😊

  11. December 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    This was #1 in Chicago for a couple of months, people liked it so much.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      I loved the show so much I saw it twice at different times . It was better than movie 🙂👍

  12. December 1, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Great song! This is the only version I’ve ever heard before. Interesting background, especially that the radio people thought it was too hard of a song for some, and too soft a sound for the others. 🙂

  13. December 4, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    One of my fave “oldies”!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 5, 2019 at 8:02 am

      🙂

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