The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Harry Belafonte Lyrics


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Don't whisper things to me you don't mean
For words deep down inside can be seen by the night
The night has a thousand eyes
And it knows the truth apart from one that lies

The romance may have cooled in the past
My love for you will be everlasting and bright
As bright as a starlit sky
And the wondrous night that has a thousand eyes

I've lived my life walking through a dream
For I knew that I would find this moment supreme
A night of bliss and tender sighs
And the smiling down of a thousand eyes

A night of bliss and tender sighs




And the smiling down of a thousand eyes
The night has a thousand eyes

Overall Meaning

In Harry Belafonte's song, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," the lyrics display a sense of deep understanding and connection with the night's all-knowing ability. The use of "don't whisper things to me you don't mean" emphasizes that the night sees directly through lies and masks, as words that lie deep within can be seen by the night. The night can perceive the truth that most people conceal within them.


Furthermore, the song is about everlasting love that will always remain present, even after the moments of passion disappear. For instance, "My love for you will be everlasting and bright as bright as a starlit sky." Love is eternal, and passions will come and go, but a true connection with somebody will never go away. A "night of bliss and tender sighs" held under the watchful eye of the night, "smiling down of a thousand eyes" evokes a sense of a peaceful and everlasting moment within dancing lovers.


In conclusion, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" by Harry Belafonte emphasizes the importance of authenticity within relationships and how true love is something that will remain eternally present, withstanding the test of time no matter what happens. The idea of an all-knowing night with a thousand eyes is used to symbolize the deep emotional connection between two individuals that cannot be observed on the surface.


Line by Line Meaning

Don't whisper things to me you don't mean
Please don't say things you don't really feel


For words deep down inside can be seen by the night
The night can reveal the true feelings that you hide


The night has a thousand eyes
The night possesses the ability to perceive things that are hidden from sight


And it knows the truth apart from one that lies
The night has the power to distinguish truth from lies


My love for you will be everlasting and bright
My love for you is constant and enduring


As bright as a starlit sky
My love is radiant like the night sky full of stars


And the wondrous night that has a thousand eyes
The magical night with its countless eyes is a witness to our love


I've lived my life walking through a dream
I have felt like I was walking in a dream throughout my life


For I knew that I would find this moment supreme
I always believed that I would find this special moment in my life


A night of bliss and tender sighs
The perfect night filled with happiness and tender moments


And the smiling down of a thousand eyes
The night with its many eyes seems to smile down on us in approval


A night of bliss and tender sighs
The perfect night filled with happiness and tender moments


And the smiling down of a thousand eyes
The night with its many eyes seems to smile down on us in approval


The night has a thousand eyes
The night possesses the ability to perceive things that are hidden from sight




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Written by: SNUFF GARRETT

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Comments from YouTube:

@shelaghpaul1563

I never knew he sang Jazz songs.. awesome ! ❤

@June_Magoo

If only he did a lot more like this. This song has its own sonic quality that is untouchable. Its hard to put into words but you can tell he recorded it at night and that he felt every single lyric. The recording is perfect and beautiful. It has that timeless quality of many lofi old recordings that people will emulate for eternity. I am madly in love with this song and style. I love belafonte. I heard this when I was 14 when my friend randomly bought the collab lp belafonte with the islanders. I am 23 now. We would smoke cigarettes, drink, smoke weed, and drink tea out of ghetto fine China to this record at night in the attic of his old house. Many many memories are linked to that place and specifically this record was put on the player quite often because we thought it was rare and extremely well done.

@azzelweit

pure beauty <3

@June_Magoo

Pure grace

@perla51

Wonderful Belafonte!!!! Big huggies Perla.

@60otaku4

Thank you for the comment, Perla-san!!
Otaku4 (*^_^)/

@felltone

And to think I'd never heard him do anything but calypso. This is really nice. Some of Charlie Parkers' band on this. Love to hear more.

@pwepersonal2024

This was unrelated to the EP above, but it was released on the Roost label as a single in 1949 on 78 RPM.

@michealburnettis3

🇮🇪🤣 Splendid

@June_Magoo

Playlist or full ep link PLEASE?

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