Pale Blue Eyes

Pale Blue Eyes (The Velvet Underground)

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

"Pale Blue Eyes" - along with a number of Reed's other songs - was inspired by his college sweetheart and muse, Shelly Albin, who indeed had pale blue eyes.

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".

"Pale Blue Eyes" has been covered by a number of artists, most recently by G. Love on his upcoming album "Fixin' To Die" (release date 2/22/2011,

"Pale Blue Eyes" has also been adopted by several other bands /artists. In addition to Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker from Velvet Underground, also Eric Andersen, Alejandro Escovedo, Crowded House, Neil Finn, Counting Crows, Hole, Marisa...


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