Naked Eyes – Promises, Promises

I used to have the original release as an A  side to a TDK (cassette).  The B side was a copy of Dexy’s Midnight Runners.  Amazing that I remember the specific brand of the cassette, but I guess I had lots of that brand so perhaps not so surprising.

I’ve often struggled lately with whether I should continue to be the purist I was and always make sure I stick with original album releases or buy compilations of greatest hits such as this one.  Bottom line here is that I compared the track list of this compilation with the track list of the original Burning Bridges release and all (or most of anyway) the songs that were on the first release were also here on this compilation.  So I picked it up used (of course).

Promises, Promises is likely my favorite of the popular songs from Naked Eyes, but it really isn’t my favorite on the album.  There were actually two tracks that spoke to me the most when I listened to this album at 17 years old.  They were When The Lights Go Out and I Could Show You How.

Susie doesn’t go out very much
She likes to stay in bed at night
It seems that everything is all too much
But she just lays in bed at night
The day’s all right but then….
When the lights go out
She calls your name
When the lights go out
Always the same
Always someone left out in the rain
Always the same

Seventeen was a strange age for me.  I had a lot of exposure to what I thought love was supposed to be, but no real world  experience.  At the time that I was listening to this (over and over), I often thought of one particular girl that I knew and imagined that she felt this way at night about me.  A fantasy for sure in the truest sense, but it also went very well with the other song…

If I only had you here now
I could show you how
I could show you how I love you
I could show you how
I could show you how I love you
I could show you how
I could show you how
I could show you how

A little redundant perhaps, but that was how I was feeling.

So, now I’ve told you about the particular songs I liked and as you can see, the lyrics had certain meaning, but musically these were the best tracks as well.  The thing is that I listened to the whole tape a lot and much of it is similar in musical nature.  If you like Promises, Promises and Always Something There To Remind Me, then you’ll like the whole album.

If you are an 80’s Music Fan like me, just pick up this compilation and you’ll have what I consider the Best of Naked Eyes.

Oh, and why do I remember this particular cassette so well?  Because the girl I was thinking about and missing when I listened to the cassette (over and over) while driving from Colorado to Florida is named on the other side of the cassette.