Behind Blue Eyes

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No one knows what it’s like to be the bad man, to be the sad man, behind blue eyes”

Truth is, we all think the best of ourselves, we are the best, we deserve the best, we have our reasons and we’re always rights, we make mistakes, we’re perfect, it’s just that some people don’t get it, they don’t get us, but who are they? Ironically, they are us, we are each other, we are ourselves, we are at war with us, us and ourselves.

“No one knows what its like
To be mistreated, to be defeated
Behind blue eyes
No one know how to say
That they’re sorry and don’t worry
I’m not telling lies

But my dreams they aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free”

Stories told via a medium that we enjoy listening to often give us a chance to see things from the other end, the medium for me being music. Like I’ve mentioned already, we’d all like to think we’re good people, likewise we’d all like to think we know everything, that we’ve seen it all, truth is, we haven’t seen it all or else our eyes would be closed in a box six-under… until then, we all still have something yet to see, to learn.

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I for one haven’t had a chance to be a parent, I’ve only heard of the troubles, struggles and rewards of parenthood. “Blue Eyes” by South African rock band The Springbok Nude Girls gives me insight of a rather dark moment of parenthood, in this story the protagonist is a dad, a family man who for some reason has murdered his wife and kids and is now after his daughter who somehow managed to get away. Yes we’ve all heard of such horror stories, on the news or somewhere. From where we stand, it’s always easy to judge the committer, unconscious of the turmoil they may have endured leading to such incidences. Of course my understanding or interpretation of “Blue Eyes” is not gospel and should be taken with a pinch of salt as The Springbok Nude Girls are known for adding ambiguous kicks in their songs, hell, I could be singing the (Blue Eyes) lyrics wrong for all I know as The Nudies didn’t print any with the release of their Surpass The Power album release… well, at least as far as I know.

Ambiguity may lead to a lot of misunderstandings and problems yet it’s a tool that allows the listener to be the artist, the creator of a story relevent to the individual or how they see the world… behind their own eyes.

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Springbok Nude Girls “Blue Eyes” music video shot (Final Scene)

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About Ndumiso Mncwabe

When beautiful melodies tell us horrible things and grisly sounds tell us the kind truth. This is where life and music meet. They say music has the power to inspire change, I say music has the power to inspire vibes. Good vibes and bad vibes. It also has the power to inspire thoughts, but most importantly, for it to inspire change, it must inspire conversation. I smell music, I speak music. View all posts by Ndumiso Mncwabe

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