Sad Eyes (Bruce Springsteen song)

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Not to be confused with the Sad Eyes interlude added during performances of Backstreets (song) during the 1970s.
"Sad Eyes"
Sad eyes - bruce.jpg
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Tracks
A-side "Sad Eyes"
B-side "I Wanna Be with You"
Released May 1999
Recorded January 25, 1990
Genre Rock
Length 3:47
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Secret Garden"
"Sad Eyes"
"The Rising"

"Sad Eyes" is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen. It was recorded at Soundworks West, LA on January 25, 1990, and included in the box set released by Springsteen on November 10, 1998, titled Tracks and on the compilation album 18 Tracks, released on April 13, 1999.[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD single (B00004UU3I)[2]
  1. "Sad Eyes"
  2. "Missing"
  3. "Man at the Top"
  4. "Take 'Em as They Come"

Enrique Iglesias Version[edit]

"Sad Eyes"
Sad eyes - enrique.jpg
Single by Enrique Iglesias
from the album Enrique
Released September 9, 2000
Format CD Single
Recorded Fall 1999
Genre Rock, Pop
Length 4:08
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"Could I Have This Kiss Forever"
"Sad Eyes"

Spanish singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias recorded a version of "Sad Eyes" and included it on his first English language release, titled Enrique. While recording the album, Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, who had previously worked with Springsteen, found out that Iglesias was a fan of his (Iglesias often cites the Born in the U.S.A. tour as a favorite concert experience and Springsteen as his favorite performer) and urged him to record "Sad Eyes". The song was released as the fifth and final single from the album. The album version was not released to radio but rather the HQ2 remix which gave the song a more pop sound. Iglesias did not promote the song and it was not as successful as the previous singles from the album. However, the collected remixes charted high on the club play charts. A Spanish version of the song was also recorded titled "Más Es Amar".

Music video[edit]

A music video was shot, directed by David LaChapelle, but it was shelved at the time due to its sexual content.[3] It depicts Iglesias alone in a motel room indulging erotic fantasies about a girl he sees in a phone-sex ad. In 2009, the video was uploaded to LaChappelle's website but was promptly removed at the request of Universal Music; it has since found its way to various video-sharing sites. The music video uses the HQ2 remix as opposed to the album version.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sad Eyes" (Album Version) - 4:08
  2. "Sad Eyes" (Rodney Jerkins Mix) - 4:13
  3. "Sad Eyes" (Guy Roche Mix) - 5:17
  4. "Sad Eyes" (HQ2 Radio Remix) - 3:46
  1. "Sad Eyes" (Album Version) - 4:08
  2. "Sad Eyes" (Rodney Jerkins Darkchild Mix) - 6:08
  3. "Sad Eyes" (HQ2 Club Mix) - 9:29

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Canada (RPM)[4] 36
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[5] 23
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[6] 8
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[7] 34


  1. ^ ""Sad Eyes" on". Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  2. ^ ""Sad Eyes" on". 1999-06-08. 
  3. ^ Music Video Information
  4. ^ "RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 26, November 06 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  5. ^ ""Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles" on". 2000-10-14. Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. 
  6. ^ ""Hot Dance Club Play" on". 2000-11-11. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ ""Top 40 Mainstream" on". 2000-10-21. [dead link]

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