Lyin' Eyes

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"Lyin' Eyes"
Lyin' Eyes.jpg
Single by Eagles
from the album One of These Nights
B-side"Too Many Hands"
ReleasedSeptember 1975
Format7-inch single
RecordedJanuary 1975
Hollywood, California
GenreCountry rock,[1] soft rock[2]
Length4:14 (single edit)
6:22 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Producer(s)Bill Szymczyk
Eagles singles chronology
"One of These Nights"
"Lyin' Eyes"
"Take It to the Limit"

"Lyin' Eyes" is a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and recorded in 1975 by the American rock band the Eagles, with Frey singing lead vocals. It was the second single from their album One of These Nights, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Country chart. It remained their only top 40 country hit until "How Long" in 2007–2008.

The Eagles received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Group for "Lyin' Eyes", and were nominated for Record of the Year.

Background and writing[edit]

The title and idea for the song came when Glenn Frey and Don Henley were in their favorite Los Angeles restaurant/bar Dan Tana's which was frequented by many beautiful women, and they started talking about beautiful women who were cheating on their husbands. They saw a beautiful young woman with a fat and much older wealthy man, and Frey said: "She can't even hide those lyin' eyes."[3][4] According to Henley, Frey was the main writer of the song, although he had some input with the verses and the music. The song was written when Frey and Henley were sharing a house in Trousdale, Beverly Hills. Frey said of the writing of the song: "...the story had always been there. I don’t want to say it wrote itself, but once we started working on it, there were no sticking points. Lyrics just kept coming out, and that’s not always the way songs get written."[5] During the Eagles 2013 concert tour, Frey stated it was written in just two evenings.

"Lyin' Eyes" is the only song in the One of These Nights album that Frey sang solo lead on (he shared lead vocals with Henley on "After the Thrill Is Gone").[6] The song was released as the second single from One of These Nights, and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, behind Island Girl by Elton John.[7] "Lyin' Eyes' also crossed over to the Country chart where it reached No. 8, their first on that chart and a feat few rock bands could have achieved at that time.[8]

The single version of the song is shortened considerably from the album version, removing the entire second verse, the second chorus and four lines in the middle of the third verse.


Among the many covers of "Lyin' Eyes" are Lynn Anderson's 1976 recording and Kenny Rankin's 1980 version on his After The Roses album. Diamond Rio also covered the song on the 1993 compilation Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles. Dolly Parton has long cited the song as a personal favorite; she performed it on her 1976 variety show Dolly!

"Lyin' Eyes" is included on Urban Cowboy's soundtrack. It plays in the background in the diner scene when Sissy (Debra Winger) gets angry at Bud (John Travolta) for saying "Hello" to Jerry Hall's character.

The political-satire group The Capitol Steps used the song on more than one occasion. They sang about an airline that made heavy people buy two seats ("You Can't Fly With Giant Thighs"), and they parodied [Joe Biden]] with "You Can't Hide This Biden Guy."[9]


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[11] 19
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[12] 4
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[13] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 23
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[19] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 8


  1. ^ Eagles - Hell Freezes Over CD liner notes by Sal Manna
  2. ^ William Ruhlmann (1975-06-10). "One of These Nights - Eagles | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  3. ^ "Glenn Frey: 20 Essential Songs". Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ Martin Chilton (January 19, 2016). "10 best Glenn Frey and Eagles songs". Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ Cameron Crowe (August 2003). "Conversations With Don Henley and Glenn Frey". The Uncool.
  6. ^ Eliot, Marc (2004). To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles. Da Capo Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-306-81398-6.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Eliot, Marc (2004). To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles. Da Capo Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-3068-1398-6.
  9. ^ The Capitol Steps in Color
  10. ^ Wadhams, Wayne (June 2001). Inside the Hits. Omnibus Press. p. 376. ISBN 978-0634014307.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4036a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 6483." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 4052." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Lyin Eyes". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ " – Eagles – Lyin' Eyes" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ " – Eagles – Lyin' Eyes". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Eagles: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "Eagles Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Eagles Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.

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