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The Rolling Stones — Far Away Eyes
Album: Some Girls
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Released: 1978
Length: 4:22
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I was driving home early Sunday morning through Bakersfield
Listening to gospel music on the colored radio station
And the preacher said, "You know you always have the
Lord by your side"
And I was so pleased to be informed of this that I ran
Twenty red lights in his honor
Thank you Jesus, thank you lord
I had an arrangement to meet a girl, and I was kind of late
And I thought by the time I got there she'd be off
She'd be off with the nearest truck driver she could find
Much to my surprise, there she was sittin in the corner
A little bleary, worse for wear and tear
Was a girl with far away eyes
So if you're down on your luck
And you can't harmonize
Find a girl with far away
And if you're downright disgusted
And life ain't worth a dime
Get a girl with far away eyes
Well the preacher kept right on saying that all I had to do was send
Ten dollars to the church of the sacred bleeding heart of Jesus
Located somewhere in Los Angeles, California
And next week they'd say my prayer on the radio
And all my dreams would come true
So I did, the next week, I got a prayer with a girl
Well, you know what kind of eyes she got
So if you're down on your luck
I know you all sympathize
Find a girl with far away eyes
And if you're downright disgusted
And life ain't worth a dime
Get a girl with far away eyes
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saw them perform this live in Dallas mid 1990's
 jgrosch wrote:
Not their best. Compare 'Some Girls' to 'Exile on Main Street'
 

 
I dunno man, Some Girls is a great album too.
 jgrosch wrote:
Not their best. Compare 'Some Girls' to 'Exile on Main Street'
 
Well, sure, but compare anything to Exile on Main Street . . .
Not their best. Compare 'Some Girls' to 'Exile on Main Street'
 
gotta love 'em {#Cheesygrin}
 drews wrote:
Accent is terrible but isn't Mick just taking the piss out (making fun) of over ernest c & w religious sentiments? 
 
I think it's more or less mocking those who believe in the televangelists and the 'prosperity gospel' 
Accent is terrible but isn't Mick just taking the piss out (making fun) of over ernest c & w religious sentiments? 
 carlos65 wrote:

Stones could have been a great band but for Mick the Lip's bad impressions
 
Yeah, they may even have been moderately successful instead of being a marginal, virtually-unknown band for the last fifty years.
 ick wrote:
I rated it marginal and I'm sticking to it.  They should stick to what they do better, imitating the blues.

 

Yea I feel the same way except completely opposite.  I love the Stones Country sounding efforts the most, thanks Gram!
 dziebell wrote:
This would be tongue in cheek if he had one.

 
Great line!
 LPCity wrote:
Anyone who doesn't like this song takes themselves way too seriously.

 
You're right.  I don't and I do, in that order. Probably.
 with you there fella, some great rock music from the Stones but someone really needed to say NO now and again.

ick wrote:
I rated it marginal and I'm sticking to it.  They should stick to what they do better, imitating the blues.

 


 Stones could have been a great band but for Mick the Lip's bad impressions

ch83575 wrote:
Does anybody else think Mick sounds like Forrest Gump when he does his American accent?

 


I rated it marginal and I'm sticking to it.  They should stick to what they do better, imitating the blues.
 MayBaby wrote:
Favorite line: The Girl... well you know what kinda eyes she got! Love it.

 

Mick's "twang" makes this whole song brilliant. Take a look at the songs on this album: one of the Stones' very best. 


MinMan wrote:
"The church of the sacred bleeding heart of Jesus" ... reminds me of a church with a blue neon cross in "the armpit of New England". If only they could get that neon cross a blinking... maybe each time they saved a soul from "skid row".

  
Apparently there is some debate concerning the winner of that dubious honor--Bridgeport, CT as asserted by Paul Newman or Providence, RI which does indeed boast an Armenian Apostolic Church with blue neon cross. Wouldn't be surprised if there were more NE armpits with their own blue neon crosses. 

Regardless of the "winning" city, MinMan, I feel confident that a sawbuck offered to the Lord as suggested by Mr. Jagger would get that neon flashing in no time at all. 
Is this the lowest rated Stones song on RP? Just curious ... it certainly is recognizable, I recognized it through a lot of kitchen noise, and I actually thought it was a cover.
Well the preacher kept right on saying that all I had to do was send 
Ten dollars to the church of the Sacred Bleeding Heart Of Jesus 
Located somewhere in Los Angeles, California 
And next week they'd say my prayer on the radio 
And all my dreams would come true 
So I did, the next week, I got a prayer with a girl 
Well, you know what kind of eyes she got, well I'll tell ya 
 zepher wrote:

- but she's a smoker..... No one is perfect.


 
 I'd start smoking again just for her, I think.


Bumping this to a 9. 6.7? You peeps are nuts.
 MayBaby wrote:
Favorite line: The Girl... well you know what kinda eyes she got! Love it.

 
I love this song. It's a lot twangy which I don't usually like but hey, it's the Stones.  And your fav line is my fav line too.
 Makes me laugh.
"Besides this song, check out various cuts from Exile on Main Street........."

Also songs from "Let It Bleed", especially "Country Honk".
Favorite line: The Girl... well you know what kinda eyes she got! Love it.
Has anyone ever noticed that the Stones do a fine-bit-a country sounds? {#Yes}

Besides this song, check out various cuts from Exile on Main Street......... 
Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord......

What's the difference between parody and piss-taking?

Not much at all, apparently.


 Proclivities wrote:

I don't think the members of Pink Floyd have spent any time on the moon either.

 !
This would be tongue in cheek if he had one.
Does anybody else think Mick sounds like Forrest Gump when he does his American accent?
 treatment_bound wrote:
Everybody in my barn just let out a YEEEE-HAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!
 

You have a very cool barn!

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this parody song...

hope you are having a marvelous Monday, treatment_bound...
Thank you, Mick, thank you, guys!
 (former member) wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 

 

Everybody in my barn just let out a YEEEE-HAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!
Hate country music, like this song, so confused.
Man, this just doesn't work.
Great song for the start of the Calgary Stampede!
Country Stones, what's next Derek and the Dominos, or maybe Uneasy Rider?

And if you're downright disgusted
And life ain't worth a dime
Get a girl with far away eyes

..... think I found her -->

- but she's a smoker..... No one is perfect.

 


 msymmes wrote:
Maybe if I live to 100 I will get over my disdain for the Rolling Stones.

 
No one is holding their breath.
Jagger is a rooster on acid.
 

linzie wrote:
Jagger makes a good redneck...

 


Maybe if I live to 100 I will get over my disdain for the Rolling Stones.
Anyone who doesn't like this song takes themselves way too seriously.
gees i never liked country music before this
Jagger makes a good redneck...
The Stone's doing country is always good for a laugh, innit?
 bnlkuhns wrote:
CLASSIC!  Always prompts a sing-along with my friends - you are officially in our group when you know the words!
 

Nothing wrong with the song.  I just can't get into Mick Jagger.


CLASSIC!  Always prompts a sing-along with my friends - you are officially in our group when you know the words!
Yuk !
"The church of the sacred bleeding heart of Jesus" ... reminds me of a church with a blue neon cross in "the armpit of New England". If only they could get that neon cross a blinking... maybe each time they saved a soul from "skid row".
a not often heard gem..

Warning:This song is not for the humor-impaired.


Good fun song.
The comments on here are good for a laugh, but this song to me is like eating pudding skins.  Pure self indulgence (in a good way).
can't dis the champs. love them, all of it.
 sajitjacob wrote:
Well sa, I surely don like this no siree. makes me wonder if the Stones were just having a laugh?
 
Isn't it obvious that they were gravely serious when they recorded this tune?

seriously
 CanuckMakem wrote:
Worst. American. Accent. Ever. :)
 
It's a parody, son. Hope this eases your pain in Medicine Hat. 
 CanuckMakem wrote:
Worst. American. Accent. Ever. :)
 
Um, we get the point. However, IMHO the very worst is Benny Hill's "western" accent—like Costner's "English" accent, truly awful. Like fingernails-on-blackboard awful.
Not the Stones best but a fun decent number.  And Mick always has a hard time not sounding like Mick no matter what.
Worst. American. Accent. Ever. :)


hahaha, his accent is SO bad!

8 for the humor
Well sa, I surely don like this no siree. makes me wonder if the Stones were just having a laugh?

I was driving home early Sunday morning through Bakersfield 
Listening to gospel music on the colored radio station 
And the preacher said, "You know you always have the 
Lord by your side"

And I was so pleased to be informed of this that I ran 
Twenty red lights in his honor 
Thank you Jesus, thank you lord

I had an arrangement to meet a girl, and I was kind of late 
And I thought by the time I got there she'd be off 
She'd be off with the nearest truck driver she could find 
Much to my surprise, there she was sittin in the corner 
A little bleary, worse for wear and tear 
Was a girl with far away eyes

So if you're down on your luck 
And you can't harmonize 
Find a girl with far away eyes
And if you're downright disgusted 
And life ain't worth a dime 
Get a girl with far away eyes

Well the preacher kept right on saying that all I had to do was send 
Ten dollars to the church of the sacred bleeding heart of Jesus 
Located somewhere in Los Angeles, California 
And next week they'd say my prayer on the radio 
And all my dreams would come true 
So I did, the next week, I got a prayer with a girl 
Well, you know what kind of eyes she got

So if you're down on your luck 
I know you all sympathize 
Find a girl with far away eyes 
And if you're downright disgusted 
And life ain't worth a dime 
Get a girl with far away eyes  


Always liked this......Jagger makes a good red-neck, kind of a twangy Gump...


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:

Syd?

 
{#Lol}  He may have, but he wasn't with them for DSOTM.

Any song that Jagger talks most of the way thru is a good Stones song.
While this song  is curious and self-indulgent, the more interesting story about this album was the initial and revised versions of the cover.  Still kick myself that I gave away the one with Marilyn's picture...DOH!!
It's a long strange trip from here to SuperHeavy...
cant get much better then that
Based on the stupid lyrics of this song, I always thought Ray Davies wrote it.
 Proclivities wrote:

I don't think the members of Pink Floyd have spent any time on the moon either.
 
Syd?

 carlos65 wrote:
Sometimes I think the Stones could have made some decent records if only they'd got rid of jagger. Sounds like a piss-take.
Get rid of Jagger? What!  He was half the song writng team, (which is seldom 50/50 per song.  MJ wrote almost all of Brown Sugar while KR did most of Gimmee Shelter), for example.  Point is, the RS wouldn't be w/o both MJ & KR  (and probably Charlie too).

 ick wrote:
Sorry, I cannot suspend disbelief enough to buy it.  I really doubt any of the Rolling Stones have spent any substantial time in Bakersfield or a church for that matter.  I'm just sayin'...
 
I don't think the members of Pink Floyd have spent any time on the moon either.
See, I actually like this song better than the Kamakawiwo'ole just played. Musically, it's more interesting to my ear, and the body of work that accompanied this funky tune makes me appreciate all the more.
 fredriley wrote:

Quite. The Stones doing C&W? Ok, I get the lyrics, but the music - bleuchh! Way too much 'horizontal guitar' for my liking. Rocky and bluesy Stones, please.

 
I could not disagree more, I thought they were at the best doing C & W. Love it!
Sometimes I think the Stones could have made some decent records if only they'd got rid of jagger. Sounds like a piss-take.

One of the rare times when the Stones indulged Mick's penchant for Country/Western that came out pretty well.

 ralphf wrote:
{#Naughty}Don't send $10 to the sacred Bleeding Heart of Jesus in L.A. — Send it to Radio PARADISE! {#Smile}
 

AGREE!
I really don't like the Stones, but i'm a sucker for sugar-sweet country, so i can't help but like this...

{#Doh}
 BigTimber wrote:
Is Forrest Gump the lead singer?
 
Gump's 'Merican. Stones aint. This song's a mixin' oil and water. But I got it. Hanks' an actor. So's Mick. Wish I hadn't missed that episode.

{#Naughty}Don't send $10 to the sacred Bleeding Heart of Jesus in L.A. — Send it to Radio PARADISE! {#Smile}
 ick wrote:
Sorry, I cannot suspend disbelief enough to buy it.  I really doubt any of the Rolling Stones have spent any substantial time in Bakersfield or a church for that matter.  I'm just sayin'...

 
lifted from Wiki:

In a 1978 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger said, "You know, when you drive through Bakersfield on a Sunday morning or Sunday evening - I did that about six months ago - all the country music radio stations start broadcasting black gospel services live from L.A. And that's what the song refers to. But the song's really about driving alone, listening to the radio." On influences, Jagger stated "I wouldn't say this song was influenced specifically by Gram (Parsons). That idea of country music played slightly tongue in cheek - Gram had that in 'Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man', and we have that sardonic quality, too." Asked by the interviewer if the girl in the song was a real one, Jagger replied, "Yeah, she's real, she's a real girl."

Looks like you busted Mick on this one,  as it seems he drove through the Streets of Bakersfield, but didn't pull over.



In their concert film from the Beacon Street Theatre, they do a version of this. Keith blows the words in the chorus and someone in the crowds calls him on it. He tells the person the F off and then catches a steely glance from Mick. Keith backs away for a while and then Mick calls him over to share the mike and give it another go. It is touching these guys still look after each other
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Seriously annoying.

If you want real country, try Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash. If it's parody you're looking for, try Weird Al Yankovic.

This just sucks. 
 
If you want country parody, forget Al. Listen to Cracker!

 scott_bruce wrote:
We need a new rating titled "WTF"?
 
hahahahaha!!  agreed  {#Lol}
Just listening to this would cause me to fail a drug test.
Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord!
Demonstrates their grasp of varying American musical idioms. Pretty good band. Think they'll go far.
 scott_bruce wrote:
We need a new rating titled "WTF"?
 
Quite. The Stones doing C&W? Ok, I get the lyrics, but the music - bleuchh! Way too much 'horizontal guitar' for my liking. Rocky and bluesy Stones, please.

Sorry, I cannot suspend disbelief enough to buy it.  I really doubt any of the Rolling Stones have spent any substantial time in Bakersfield or a church for that matter.  I'm just sayin'...

            {#Lol},,,,,choke on this one !

I love that Mick comes in too early on the second verse, I believe. Just makes the song even more endearing!{#Lol}
This song wakes up something  in the deep of my heart. :-)


I'd love to see a photo of that girl with the far away eyes - anyone have one?
Fueled many drunken singalongs at parties during the late70's, early 80's
Ahhh, memories
{#Good-vibes}
There are definitely better Stones songs than this one ... {#Rolleyes}
We need a new rating titled "WTF"?

after "Before they make me run", this is my favorite song on this album.


Is Forrest Gump the lead singer?
You know what kind of eyes she got!
Thanks for this song. 
Effin' brilliant!
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Seriously annoying.

If you want real country, try Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash. If it's parody you're looking for, try Weird Al Yankovic.

This just sucks. 
 

Yes! YES! Thank you!

I wonder why good ol' Merle doesn't get any playtime here... But then again, so many people can't stand country music... {#Rolleyes}
I'd love to know the provenance of the song, what prompted the lyrics?
Always liked this, gets a smile every time.
{#Curtain}  My favorite country song ever!  {#Whistle}  Remembers sitting on the floor, as a child, in front of the radio cabinet sliding the album cover through the hairstyles. {#Bounce}

so I ran 20 stoplights in his honor....thank you Jesus!  {#Lol}
I'll second that. Nails on a chalk board.
 
nagsheadlocal wrote:
Seriously annoying.

If you want real country, try Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash. If it's parody you're looking for, try Weird Al Yankovic.

This just sucks. 
 


 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Seriously annoying.

If you want real country, try Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash. If it's parody you're looking for, try Weird Al Yankovic.

This just sucks. 
 
{#Yes} {#Puke}
 sandpebble wrote:
The Brits kick country ass!
 

haaaa...! I picture...!
Picture how some mountain-men kick
Keef's ass, than Mick - only Ronny gets away!

Seriously annoying.

If you want real country, try Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash. If it's parody you're looking for, try Weird Al Yankovic.

This just sucks. 
LOVE this album!!! mick with a drawl is freakin hilarious!
Not my Stones for sure!
("6")
Very,very nice!!
Is in my top 10 Stones Songs! Thanks RP!
Cruising the strip in my friend's Firebird, this tape in the 8-track player, singing along with every song. {#Lol} Good times.


the best country band ever
The Brits kick country ass!
This song is kind of obnoxious, but in a good way.
Just my hands down absolute favorite Rolling Stones song of all times!!!!!!{#Dancingbanana_2}
So if you're down on your luck, and you can't harmonize. Get a girl with far away eyes. PLEASE PLAY THIS CUT!!
Bill, find some place in the play list for this - at least for a couple of turns....