Angel Eyes
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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I try to think that love's not around
But it's uncomfortably near
My old heart ain't gaining no ground
Because my angel eyes ain't here

Angel eyes, that old devil sent
They glow unbearably bright
Need I say that my love's misspent
Misspent with angel eyes tonight

So drink up all you people
Order anything you see
Have fun you happy people
The laughs and the jokes on me

Pardon me but I got to run
The fact's uncommonly clear
Got to find who's now number one
And why my angel eyes
Oh, where is my angel eyes





Excuse me while I disappear

Overall Meaning

The song "Angel Eyes" by Ella Fitzgerald is about heartbreak and longing for someone who is no longer there. The singer tries to convince herself that love is not around, but the pain of missing her love becomes unbearable. The lyrics suggest that the singer's heart has not been able to move on from the person she loves because their "angel eyes" are not here. The phrase "angel eyes" is used as a metaphor for the irresistible charm of the person she loves.


The singer is aware that her love is misspent, but she cannot help herself. She knows that her love for this person is causing her pain and making her the subject of ridicule among others. The singer is seen as a joke by the people around her, yet she is unable to stop herself from loving someone who does not reciprocate her feelings.


The song ends on a sad note as the singer realizes that she needs to move on and forget about her beloved. She needs to find out who her top priority should be and let go of the past, even if it means letting go of the one she loves. All in all, "Angel Eyes" is a poignant and emotional song about the pain of unrequited love.


Line by Line Meaning

I try to think that love's not around
I attempt to convince myself that love is not present.


But it's uncomfortably near
However, love is heavily present and giving me unease.


My old heart ain't gaining no ground
My heart is unable to move forward and heal from past love.


Because my angel eyes ain't here
My former lover, who I adored like an angel, is no longer with me.


Angel eyes, that old devil sent
My lover was charming and heavenly, yet also dangerous and tempting.


They glow unbearably bright
My lover's eyes shone so brightly it was overwhelming.


Need I say that my love's misspent
It should be obvious that my love was wasted and unrequited.


Misspent with angel eyes tonight
I spent my entire evening chasing someone who is no longer interested in me.


So drink up all you people
Everyone around me can enjoy themselves and indulge in drinking and celebrating.


Order anything you see
I encourage others to fully enjoy themselves by getting whatever they desire.


Have fun you happy people
I want those around me to be filled with joy and laughter despite my own sadness.


The laughs and the jokes on me
Despite everyone having a good time, I am the one who is the butt of all the jokes.


Pardon me but I got to run
I must excuse myself and leave abruptly.


The fact's uncommonly clear
It is painfully obvious to me that I am alone and no longer desired by my former lover.


Got to find who's now number one
I need to discover who my former lover is now in love with instead of me.


And why my angel eyes
I need to understand why the person who used to be my angel has now left me.


Oh, where is my angel eyes
I desperately search for the one person who I deeply loved.


Excuse me while I disappear
I will leave without another word and quietly suffer my heartbreak alone.




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Written by: Earl Brent, Matt Dennis

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