Pale Blue Eyes

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"Pale Blue Eyes"
Song by The Velvet Underground from the album The Velvet Underground
Released 1969
Recorded November–December 1968
TTG Studios, Hollywood
Genre Rock, folk rock, art rock
Length 5:41
Label MGM Records
Writer Lou Reed
Composer Lou Reed
Producer The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground track listing
Some Kinda Love
(3)
"Pale Blue Eyes"
(4)
Jesus
(5)

"Pale Blue Eyes" is a song written by Lou Reed and performed by The Velvet Underground. It was included on the band's 1969 album The Velvet Underground.

"Pale Blue Eyes" was surprisingly written about someone whose eyes were hazel, as Reed notes in his book Between Thought and Expression.

The song is dedicated to Shelley Albin, Reed's first love, who at the time was married to another man.[citation needed]

The original song has five verses. First verse starts: "Sometimes I feel so happy; sometimes I feel so sad." The refrain goes: "Linger on your pale blue eyes".

When deciding on a song to play for the first reunion of The Velvet Underground at the Fondation Cartier in 1990, Lou Reed initially said he wanted to play "Pale Blue Eyes", but when someone reminded him that the song was from after John Cale's tenure with the band, Reed declared "then it will have to be Heroin".[citation needed]

Notable cover versions[edit]

"Pale Blue Eyes" has been covered by a number of artists[1] in addition to Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker from Velvet Underground:

In Popular Culture[edit]

An instrumental version of the song was used in Julian Schnabel's 2007 film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.[4] The song was also used in a scene of the 2008 film August[citation needed], as well as 2009's Adventureland, and the 2000 film The Vertical Ray of the Sun.

The song drives the plot in the 1997 South Korean romance film The Contact, where a radio DJ receives an anonymous package containing the album Velvet Underground and plays Pale Blue Eyes, hoping to reconnect with his former lover.

The song and the LP version of the album were both featured in an episode of the 2009-2010 South Korean sitcom High Kick Through the Roof. The characters Shin Sekyung (Shin Se-kyung) and Lee Jihoon (Daniel Choi) listened to the song a number of times in a record bar and a cafe which Jihoon had often frequented as a college student. Later, Sekyung purchased the record as a souvenir; in a subsequent episode, she gave the record to Jihoon as a birthday gift.

The original song was featured during the final scenes of the January 25, 2009 episode of Cold Case (CBS) entitled "The Brush Man". This program regularly features music popular during the time when the cold case being investigated had occurred. Although the murder in this episode occurred in 1967, "Pale Blue Eyes" was recorded in 1969. The song was also featured in an episode of Crossing Jordan and an episode of Fringe.

The Killers paid tribute to Lou Reed on the day of his passing by performing this song at the inaugural Life is Beautiful Fesitival in Las Vegas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pale Blue Eyes"[dead link] at Allmusic (Retrieved on June 23, 2007, and again on March 22, 2008)
  2. ^ "Ask For It by Hole". CD Universe. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ The Kills - “Pale Blue Eyes” on Indie Shuffle's music blog
  4. ^ Full Credits for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)" (Retrieved on March 22, 2008)