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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

	    

Solitary Man

Solitary Man

I am haunted by your words
That lay heavy on my heart
We are only as strong
as the miles between us
Destined to be apart

There is a sense of dislocation
I am an empty vessel
With all the hangover
and none of the buzz
All these things I wrestle

Reflecting on our last night
Sitting in the park by the lake
The color of your eyes
In the moonlight
I melted like a snowflake

I was dancing on air
Until you laid out your plan
You were leaving me
Never to return
I am now a solitary man

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Haunted

Color

Fjord/Lake

Park/Parking

Solitary

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Eyes Wide Open – Week 11

Good Morning!

Another interesting week while I was out running.  I even caught sight of an Iguana!  You just never know what you are going to find out there. Inspiration is everywhere.

Enjoy your Saturday and please share some of the things you see when you keep your eyes wide open.

Have a great Saturday!

This Iguana was sitting on the ledge of a bridge I was running over.  He was still there when I came back an hour later!

I am not dyslexic but I can look at this sign a hundred times and I still see Oxygen & CRAP!

Pretty Mexican Petunias camouflaging this mailbox. I wonder if the postman ever gets stung by a bee trying to get the mail in the box!

 

Now that’s a mail box!  Stunning mosaic work.  I’d insist on snail mail just so I could open it everyday!

This Bull Mastiff is named George.  His dog walker introduced me and informed me George just moved here from Manhattan and has his own webpage.  Wow! a VIP.

I think George’s (photo above this one) dog walker forgot to pick up after him and left it on this neighbors front yard

Eyes wide Open – Week Four

I was lucky with the weather this week.  It gave me some beautiful sunset photos and I found a few colorful things to share with you.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Sunset reflection captured in the performing arts hall

A lone Bird of Paradise

 

Some colorful fish decorating the side of someone’s house

A Yellow Crowned Night Heron not bothered with me at all

 

Pretty Spanish Moss on an Oak tree

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

 

Eyes Wide Open – Week Three

It was a hot week slowing down my running to a jog and some days mostly a walk.  So I didn’t burn as many calories but the sights captured on my iPhone more than made up for it.  One day was spent at the local Jungle Gardens.  It is a small park but they have a wonderful flock of flamingos that usually surround you begging for food.  As it was their breeding season they were completely disinterested in us.  I hope you enjoy these things I share with you when I open my eyes to my surroundings.  Nature is just beautiful.  Enjoy your Saturday!

Sunset through a sculpture

I captured the sunset through a sculpture on the bay

Flamingos and Ibis

It was breeding season for the Flamingos so they were not interested in any feeding attempts.  Two Ibis looking on.

Flamingo

Banyan Trees

Magnificent Banyan Trees in the neighborhood

Bridal Bouquet plant

This is Bridal Bouquet, part of the plumeria family.  Fortunately it does not shed it leaves like a plumeria so it stays lush all year round.  I had this growing at the front of my house but someone flattened it with a bike, i guess.  I rescued what I could salvage and have potted it, nursing it back to health.

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

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