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Peter Gabriel — In Your Eyes
Album: So
Avg rating:
8.2

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Total ratings: 3503









Released: 1986
Length: 5:09
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Love
I get so lost sometimes
Days pass
And this emptiness fills my heart

When I want to run away
I drive off in my car
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

All my instincts
They return
The grand façade
So soon will burn

Without a noise
Without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light, the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway
To a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution
In your eyes
Of all the fruitless searches

Oh, I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes

Love
I don't like to see so much pain
So much wasted
And this moment keeps slipping away

I get so tired
Working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you
To keep me awake and alive

And all my instincts
They return
And the grand façade
So soon will burn

Without a noise
Without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway
To a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution
In your eyes
Of all the fruitless searches

Oh, I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I wanna touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes

In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
Comments (382)add comment
 cecile.kellermayr wrote:
Why so much Peter Gabriel? I can't stand him ;)
 

You have a total of four comments on RP to date, three bashing PG.   
The Secret World album version of this song always brings me to tears.  Paula Coles' voice does it to me.
 RabbitEars wrote:
this is a really cool break down of why this song is so great. 
 
Yes!, I really enjoy Rick talking about the craft of music!
Why so much Peter Gabriel? I can't stand him ;)
Great song from a great album, only topped by Mercy Street IMHO
What a beat! 
Amazing to me how prominent the music of the two Genesis vocalists were in the 80s
Such good words. It is a pity that the music is not as good as the words deserve.
Hearing 'In Your Eyes' in the movie 'Say Anything' resulted in 'So' being the first CD I ever bought .  I still have to STOP and listen when it comes on.  Timeless.  And the rest of the CD holds up too.
this is a really cool break down of why this song is so great. 
 jomabu23 wrote:
Great song, as many of his are.

As to PG's appearance in later days:

I have never been able to fathom what compels so many men to voluntarily shave their heads.

In my eyes, it invariably makes their appearance less appealing.

But then, differences of attitude / reaction / perception / appreciation are what make the world go 'round, not to mention these forum discussions.

 
As I realised I was starting to look like my Dad in my early 30's it dawned on me that I had 2 options (because mine and my father's widows peaks are horrendous) was the abominable "comb over" or take it all off. We it's a no brainer is it so shortly before my son was born and the widows peaks growing, off came my hair, which at that point reached pass my arse. Do I miss it sometimes just in the same way I miss my youth
ok, now play the live version
 kingart wrote:
7 > 8

I broke up with my hot girlfriend of the time, in 1990, with this music and Say Anything among the wistful themes that I carried in head and heart for quite some time.

Now I'm back with this woman. She's hotter now, 25 years, half her life, later. I know she remembers this tune, and the effect of it, and quite soon I'm going to put it on a jukebox and dance with her to it. There won't be any uncomfortable conversations with her father... And maybe no more with her either. 

I've bumped it to a 8.  
 
All right, it's been 4 years!  How did it go?
Gawd, how boring this guy is. Like the king of boredom and nerdiness.
 ace-marc wrote:
another Daniel Lanois jewel.
 
I don't understand why this comment got down-voted. Lanois was in fact a producer/co-producer (with Gabriel) on this album. Albums produced by Daniel Lanois, or Brian Eno (or better yet both!) are frequently my favorites from the artists with which they worked. In my view they have a gift for eliciting some of the best and most creative work from artists.
Of course if you don't like Gabriel in general, or this album in particular, or perhaps the production work of Daniel Lanois (gasp!) then I suppose you might lay some blame at Lanois' feet.
Still, I'm in the camp that thinks Lanois and Eno are some of the best to work as producers, so...
Strange bloke, Gabriel. love his passion album. Not least because he does very little singing on it.
another Daniel Lanois jewel.
Living in DC in 1990, the local alternative station polled listeners for the top albums of the 80s. This was number 1.  Don't remember any of the others, but thought at the time this was a good choice.  Still do. Never tire of anything off this release.
 easmann wrote:

Huh. Had to look that one up and by golly that's what they said, but apparently that was Phil employing his "amazing mimic" ability during the transition period after Peter left. I've never thought they sounded anything like each other even on a superficial level. But, you know, people hear what they hear. Anyway, I'll not question the band's judgement. In any case, many folks seem to have a much lower threshold of similitude than I, which leads me to high levels of perplexitude. {#Stupid}

Edit: Today I heard Firth of Fifth on my favorite system. I was struck by how different Peter Gabriel's voice sounded then. And I did detect similarities in tone between his and Phil's voice. So, two things: 1. I apologize ChrisVIII, and 2. I became familiar with these two voices well after Peter's split from Genesis, but before and shortly after that split they were more similar than now.
 
I can't speak for Phil, but myself, I can do a pretty solid Phil Collins impression as well as a Peter Gabriel impression; they aren't that far apart - a lot of it comes down to vocal mannerisms & phrasing. I can also do a Tracy Chapman impression and she's nothing like either of those two.
 RabbitEars wrote:
I happened to catch this tour three times. The first show was at a big center in NJ... can't remember the name and of course now they're all named after some crap corporation. One of those big probably 20k seater basketball/hockey arenas. I got there for the opening act... Youssou, whom I've seen many times now, all some of the best shows of my life. A few songs into the show, people started dancing a conga line around the upper upper edge of the arena - 100s of people, many hearing Youssou for the first time. A moment I'll never forget. Later, during Biko, two dudes got into a fist fight a couple of aisles away from us... seems they weren't getting the message. High and low concert points. In Your Eyes was a crescendo of utter delight. I've always wanted to post a pic like this one but couldn't find one:  

 
 

Never got to see Gabriel live.  It's one of my biggest regrets.  I don't think he really tours in the states anymore.
me too
 peregrin wrote:
The Classic Albums series did a documentary on this album. Excellent story at one point of the rest of the band getting so frustrated with the lack of progress as Peter would constantly get distracted that they nailed the door to his studio shut with him inside and refused to let him out until he produced some work.

Still love every track off this album.
 
I just saw that show, and you didn't mention the two interesting things that happened after the producer Daniel Lanois did that to peter. First, Peter somehow took this massive door completely out of the wall and surprised them, and then he called Daniel outside afterwards for a serious tongue lashing and almost fired him. Good thing they worked it out!

I really enjoyed watching that show (free with Amazon prime as of last week) and all the interviews with people involved with the making of one of my favorite groundbreaking records.
 jomabu23 wrote:
I have never been able to fathom what compels so many men to voluntarily shave their heads.

In my eyes, it invariably makes their appearance less appealing.

 
Being one of those, my answer is that we are very well aware of that fact (thanks for the reminder), but we have no choice because we didn't choose our DNA. I recommend reading Andre Agassi's book, where he explains in details the suffering it has caused to him.
John Cusack, Ione Skye
"Say Anything:" 

Great song, as many of his are.

As to PG's appearance in later days:

I have never been able to fathom what compels so many men to voluntarily shave their heads.

In my eyes, it invariably makes their appearance less appealing.

But then, differences of attitude / reaction / perception / appreciation are what make the world go 'round, not to mention these forum discussions.

So sad -- no, wistful.  And my mind fills with its own wistful memories.
Great song.
Interesting that he doesn't include it in his greatest hits cd.
Oh yeah, lives on 
Gosh - Peter Gabriel looks so young and fresh faced on the album cover. Time waits for no man and that was at least 31 years ago.
 IndyDoug wrote:
I wish RP would throw in a live version of this song once in awhile.

 
There is a live version (from Athens?) that gets played once in a while.

pg
One of the great anthems of my youth.  And, unlike "I wanna rock" by Twisted Sister, this one persists. {#Dancingbanana_2}
I wish RP would throw in a live version of this song once in awhile.
 kcar wrote:

I wonder if N4niner206 has ever realized in a less obnoxious moment that s/he's just as guilty of Peter Gabriel's repetitive sin, but at least PG had the decency to set his to music. 

Just looked at N4niner206's RP member page: since s/he joined RP on Jan 16, 2015, the song comments below are the only ones s/he's made on the site. Thanks for your contributions, rockstar. 

 
Actually he/she hit a bug in the site code that made it appear to them that the post hadn't gone through. The multiple posts are the result of their persistent attempt to get one post through successfully.

So blame us, not them. 
 Michael_Dean wrote:

Looks like a lot of suffering, I'm glad it wasn't in vain.

 
I wonder if N4niner206 has ever realized in a less obnoxious moment that s/he's just as guilty of Peter Gabriel's repetitive sin, but at least PG had the decency to set his to music. 

Just looked at N4niner206's RP member page: since s/he joined RP on Jan 16, 2015, the song comments below are the only ones s/he's made on the site. Thanks for your contributions, rockstar. 
niner206 took a lot of space on this board!! {#Fight}
My freshman college roommate and his girlfriend had this as "their" song. I heard it to the point of utter revulsion at that time, preferring to brave the subzero temperatures outside than hear "In your eyes.." for the twelfth frickin' time on a given day. Sorry Peter, I like a lot of your stuff, but even two and half decades later I still start to twitch when I hear this song...  {#Frustrated}
 N4niner206 wrote:
I suffer through this song just so I can hear the part at the end.

 
He suffers through this song just so he can hear the part at the end.

He suffers through this song just so he can hear the part at the end.

He suffers through this song just so he can hear the part at the end.

He suffers through this song just so he can hear the part at the end.

He suffers through this song just so he can hear the part at the end.

He suffers through this song just so he can hear the part at the end.

He suffers through this song just so he can hear the part at the end.
Looks like a lot of suffering, I'm glad it wasn't in vain.
 N4niner206 wrote:
I suffer through this song just so I can hear the part at the end.

 
Suffer no more, Nfniner206. Me thinks you should be blocked if you are going to despoil this fine station with your repetition. Please cease and desist.
PSD ASAP
I suffer through this song just so I can hear the part at the end.
Ha ha! I had originally rated this a 9 - what an idiot!

Every time this comes on I think, "No way I'm gonna sit through this for the 1 millionth time." And every time I'm pretty much swept away by it's timeless beauty. I see the light of a thousand churches.  
Still remember the first time I heard that moment when Youssou N'dour comes in at the end.
Yesssssssssss!
 ProjectGemini07 wrote:


 
Lloyd Dobler knew.  I still can't believe she dissed him in the Malibu, that's his castle.


He have an interesting voice. Nice up beat tune. 
 WonderLizard wrote:
What I find interesting in this dialog (between easmann and ChrisVIII) is that one of the reasons that Genesis settled on Collins as their vocalist after Gabriel's departure was because his voice sounded so much like Gabriel's. There you go.
 
Huh. Had to look that one up and by golly that's what they said, but apparently that was Phil employing his "amazing mimic" ability during the transition period after Peter left. I've never thought they sounded anything like each other even on a superficial level. But, you know, people hear what they hear. Anyway, I'll not question the band's judgement. In any case, many folks seem to have a much lower threshold of similitude than I, which leads me to high levels of perplexitude. {#Stupid}

Edit: Today I heard Firth of Fifth on my favorite system. I was struck by how different Peter Gabriel's voice sounded then. And I did detect similarities in tone between his and Phil's voice. So, two things: 1. I apologize ChrisVIII, and 2. I became familiar with these two voices well after Peter's split from Genesis, but before and shortly after that split they were more similar than now.
 rdo wrote:
There are some songs that you just never get tired of.

 
Agreed. Timeless songs. This is definitely one.
 easmann wrote:

That's a plausible explanation and I'm not sure I'd have thought of it. Thanks. : )

 
What I find interesting in this dialog (between easmann and ChrisVIII) is that one of the reasons that Genesis settled on Collins as their vocalist after Gabriel's departure was because his voice sounded so much like Gabriel's. There you go.
 bagman wrote:
{#Fever}just the sound of his voice induces nausea.

 
You're an arse!!


{#Fever}just the sound of his voice induces nausea.
Oh, I see the light and the heat.
 kingart wrote:
7 > 8

I broke up with my hot girlfriend of the time, in 1990, with this music and Say Anything among the wistful themes that I carried in head and heart for quite some time.

Now I'm back with this woman. She's hotter now, 25 years, half her life, later. I know she remembers this tune, and the effect of it, and quite soon I'm going to put it on a jukebox and dance with her to it. There won't be any uncomfortable conversations with her father... And maybe no more with her either. 

I've bumped it to a 8.  

 
Sounds like a 10 for you bud.


 kingart wrote:
7 > 8

I broke up with my hot girlfriend of the time, in 1990, with this music and Say Anything among the wistful themes that I carried in head and heart for quite some time.

Now I'm back with this woman. She's hotter now, 25 years, half her life, later. I know she remembers this tune, and the effect of it, and quite soon I'm going to put it on a jukebox and dance with her to it. There won't be any uncomfortable conversations with her father... And maybe no more with her either. 

I've bumped it to a 8.  

 
This is really sweet. John Cusak would be proud.
some of the best lyrics about love ever written
Probably one of the best songs ever. 
There are some songs that you just never get tired of.
The end of the good Peter Gabriel period. The delicacy and craftsmanship of this album was so obvious, so impressive.
7 > 8

I broke up with my hot girlfriend of the time, in 1990, with this music and Say Anything among the wistful themes that I carried in head and heart for quite some time.

Now I'm back with this woman. She's hotter now, 25 years, half her life, later. I know she remembers this tune, and the effect of it, and quite soon I'm going to put it on a jukebox and dance with her to it. There won't be any uncomfortable conversations with her father... And maybe no more with her either. 

I've bumped it to a 8.  
adorable
 
I happened to catch this tour three times. The first show was at a big center in NJ... can't remember the name and of course now they're all named after some crap corporation. One of those big probably 20k seater basketball/hockey arenas. I got there for the opening act... Youssou, whom I've seen many times now, all some of the best shows of my life. A few songs into the show, people started dancing a conga line around the upper upper edge of the arena - 100s of people, many hearing Youssou for the first time. A moment I'll never forget. Later, during Biko, two dudes got into a fist fight a couple of aisles away from us... seems they weren't getting the message. High and low concert points. In Your Eyes was a crescendo of utter delight. I've always wanted to post a pic like this one but couldn't find one:  

 
I probably posted this a decade or more below, but...the perfect love song.
Great album, great song. {#Jump}
Accepting all I've done and said
I want to stand and stare again
'Til there's nothing left out, oh whoa whoa
It remains there in your eyes
Whatever comes and goes
Oh, it's in your eyes
I want to stand and stare again
Oh, it's in your eyes
{#Sunny}  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z_OZOS-upw


This song has been growing on me for almost 30 years...

it started as a 10, way back in 1986... now it's in low-Earth orbit.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
feel free to look into this into more details ! Spontaneously no I don't think there are other artist voices I cannot differentiate. 
Rather than deuteranopia, I would make a parallel with persons some people say they are physically alike though not related and the resemblance is minimal. There must be a part of affective playing, maybe a memory or a feeling that I have connected to both singers without being aware of it. A way of :  A has "a kindness in the eyes" like B does ( although they are not related and are physically different ) 
No idea... and not curious enough to understand what is happening or why :p .  
 
That's a plausible explanation and I'm not sure I'd have thought of it. Thanks. : )
 easmann wrote:

I accept that, thanks for the response. Interesting, and you are likely not be the only one (well, maybe who hears Phil?). We get a lot of comments where folks say singer A sounds like singer B and usually the similarity is either minimal or undetectable, and that makes me truly curious. I wonder if it could be an auditory perception deficiency analogous to Deuteranopia – Red-Green Color Blindness? Though I've never heard of such a thing. I too do not mean to offend.

If you don't mind: Is it only these two singers who sound alike to you?

 
feel free to look into this into more details ! Spontaneously no I don't think there are other artist voices I cannot differentiate. 
Rather than deuteranopia, I would make a parallel with persons some people say they are physically alike though not related and the resemblance is minimal. There must be a part of affective playing, maybe a memory or a feeling that I have connected to both singers without being aware of it. A way of :  A has "a kindness in the eyes" like B does ( although they are not related and are physically different ) 
No idea... and not curious enough to understand what is happening or why :p .  
 ChrisVIII wrote:
No trolling and no attempt at humour, I honestly have troubles differentiating their voices. I don't know why and I can't explain it, they are simply highly similar to my ears. Sorry if that is an insult to some, it isn't meant like that. It's an honest simple comment. I wasn't aware I was the only one hearing a strong similitude between Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. 
 
I accept that, thanks for the response. Interesting, and you likely are not the only one (well, maybe who hears Phil?). We get a lot of comments where folks say singer A sounds like singer B and usually the similarity is either minimal or undetectable, and that makes me truly curious. I wonder if it could be an auditory perception deficiency analogous to Deuteranopia – Red-Green Color Blindness? Though I've never heard of such a thing. I too do not mean to offend.

If you don't mind: Is it only these two singers who sound alike to you?
 easmann wrote:

Honestly comments like this perplex me. However it's nice to see one applied to a male singer for a change. I assume folks are being truthful when they say they can't tell a particular singer from another (a few might be exaggerating, just commenting on stylistic similarities). Makes me wonder though about why they can't tell the difference. I think for most of us this just isn't so?

When I think about why such a comment would be made I'm afraid I can't come up with a good reason:

1. Trolling?
2. Thought it was funny?
3. Really thought it was Phil?

Reason 2 is not so bad but I didn't see the humor. 

 
No trolling and no attempt at humour, I honestly have troubles differentiating their voices. I don't know why and I can't explain it, they are simply highly similar to my ears. Sorry if that is an insult to some, it isn't meant like that. It's an honest simple comment. I wasn't aware I was the only one hearing a strong similitude between Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. 
 Lazarus wrote:

This song belongs in my mushrooming multitude of churches...  we be singing and dancing...  love this song...
 

 
This song moves multitudes of church mushrooms to singing and dancing...they love this song...
This was nearly unlistenable for about 20 years after it (and most of the rest of the album) got played to death on almost every radio station in 1986. The damage is finally starting to heal. I think an 8 is not uncalled for.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
Every time I hear this song I think it's Phil Collins singing. 
 
Honestly comments like this perplex me. However it's nice to see one applied to a male singer for a change. I assume folks are being truthful when they say they can't tell a particular singer from another (a few might be exaggerating, just commenting on stylistic similarities). Makes me wonder though about why they can't tell the difference. I think for most of us this just isn't so?

When I think about why such a comment would be made I'm afraid I can't come up with a good reason:

1. Trolling?
2. Thought it was funny?
3. Really thought it was Phil?

Reason 2 is not so bad but I didn't see the humor. 
 ChrisVIII wrote:
Every time I hear this song I think it's Phil Collins singing. 

 
Blasphemy! Phil Collins could never come up with something like this song. {#No}
Every time I hear this song I think it's Phil Collins singing. 
love it! LOVE PG!!!!!

Happy Birthday Pete!

65


Classic album. Still holds up today.
This song is new for me. Apparently it is used in a movie?
I'm lacking all those emotional attachments and memories.

To be honest: in my 2014 ears this song sounds very 80'ties in an almost cheesy way and pretty outdated. Not an >8 from me.

 thewiseking wrote:

Generally, pop music is misused in film. A cheap way to grab emotion for a director/cinematographer lacking the skill to do it visually.

Not so in Say Anything. The inarticulate Lloyd Dobler was madly in love and didn't have the words to express it. Lloyd needed to hoist his boom box to get the message out.



 
I agree with you. I've seen/heard good music misused. Or heard perhaps mediocre music that shouldn't have been used in the first place. But pop-music-in-movies meisters Scorcese and Tarantino, among others, might take exception to your conclusion about lacking visual skill. 
 planet_lizard wrote:
There isn't a day that can't be improved by hearing this song.

 
hear, hear

Generally, pop music is misused in film. A cheap way to grab emotion for a director/cinematographer lacking the skill to do it visually.

Not so in Say Anything. The inarticulate Lloyd Dobler was madly in love and didn't have the words to express it. Lloyd needed to hoist his boom box to get the message out.


Much better rendition than the frequently played "live" IYE.
Good, but over-rated, imo. PG has done much better.
There isn't a day that can't be improved by hearing this song.
The Classic Albums series did a documentary on this album. Excellent story at one point of the rest of the band getting so frustrated with the lack of progress as Peter would constantly get distracted that they nailed the door to his studio shut with him inside and refused to let him out until he produced some work.

Still love every track off this album.
My soul is soothed. Thanks Bill.
If I give it a 10 will you stop playing it? How many times do you think the average American has heard this song?

Really a great song but a bit overplayed. I'm going to PSD not because I don't like it but because I do and want it to stay fresh. See ya'll on the other side.
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Deserves to be played very very loud.

 
YES
Tis absolutely brilliant.
 stegokitty wrote:
A true classic. Everything in its place — meaning this doesn't belong in any worship service of any true church.
 
Everybody in my true homeless camp loves this song...  we be dancing...  hope life is grand for you, stegokitty...
 onlylynne wrote:
Yes.
 
So?
 kurtster wrote:
Wow, Pearadio is playing this song at the very same time.

Had to look to see what I was listening to ... 

 
Did Pearadio disappear for a while? I checked them out years ago when Bill made an on-air plug for it, but then couldn't find it when I went back for a 2nd listen. 
Yes.
Deserves to be played very very loud.
 scrubbrush wrote:
I cannot imagine that i will ever tire of this song... love it.

 
Me neither, any version, any time...forever...
I cannot imagine that i will ever tire of this song... love it.
Everything that Peter Gabriel does is unique and original, whether that defines genius is not for me to judge, but there is no artist that compares to his style of music. Quite what category that slot him in to is difficult.
Wow, Pearadio is playing this song at the very same time.

Had to look to see what I was listening to ... 
My love for this song is as strong now as it was when I first heard it in 1986. Just an emotional powerhouse of a tune. And used to perfection by Cameron Crowe in the movie SAY ANYTHING.
This track has been played to death.  I'd so much rather hear Humdrum or Exposure..Here comes the flood..I don't remember.  so many gems left untouched these days
I probably commented on this years ago, but it's worth repeating. I've been away from the comments, seeing that the idiot Lazarus/Bethany is still around.
But this song? Total bliss. Plenty of memories flooding back. My mind wanders out to St. John's, NL. Too many years have passed, an opportunity missed. Bloody shame. xo
 
The Athens '87 live version with Youssou N'Dour deserves a 10 vote!




I very much like most of PG's music.  This song ,imo, is significantly over-rated.
 scrubbrush wrote:
The beginning of this song always gives me chills/makes my hair stand on end. "Under Pressure" does the same thing. Love, love, love this song.

 
I feel the same way!
The beginning of this song always gives me chills/makes my hair stand on end. "Under Pressure" does the same thing. Love, love, love this song.
A long time no-heard superb classic!
yes
I just bought a couple of tickets to see him in London - 2 weeks to go!
Song from my wedding dance. Takes me back in time whenever I hear it.
Beautiful intent, fantastic instrumentation and production, sincerity... always refreshing to hear...

This song belongs in my mushrooming multitude of churches...  we be singing and dancing...  love this song...
 
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church is singing along with this beautiful song...


 
A true classic. Everything in its place -- meaning this doesn't belong in any worship service of any true church.
 jimys wrote:
Without doubt, a classic.  Though it does make me feel kinda old...  age wise. {#Eyes}
 
what other kinda old is there....{#Good-vibes}
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church is singing along with this beautiful song...


 
Hey Lazarus,
The Pope called.  Yeah, the new guy.  You know how he's trying to cultivate the common touch and all.
Well, thing is he's heard of you!  Read about you in some old book.  Bottom line is, he's offering you sainthood.  Only thing is, you'd have to convert, unless you are already Catholic.
What should I tell him?
Without doubt, a classic.  Though it does make me feel kinda old...  age wise. {#Eyes}