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Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne

Album: Jackson BrowneReleased: 1972Charted:
  • When Browne wrote this, the lyrics were about a guy who tries to get help, but is doomed because it's too late. His record company thought it was too much of a downer, so Browne made it into a story about a guy who has gone through a lot in life and comes to accept his fate.
  • Browne's Southern California musical cohorts David Crosby and Graham Nash sang harmony vocals. Brown was signed to Asylum Records, which was owned by David Geffen. According to Jackson, Geffen asked Nash if he thought there was a single on the album (Browne's first), and Nash picked this one, with the proviso that Browne add a high vocal part, which he did.
  • This was Jackson Browne's first single. The song isn't typical of his work; it runs just 2:55 and lacks the personal, introspective lyrics he's known for. Still, the song did very well in America, and remained a fan favorite, garnering lots of airplay on classic rock and adult contemporary radio, and often earning a spot on Browne's setlists.

    Getting that first hit under his belt was satisfying for Browne, whose first recorded album (in 1968) was never released.
  • The guitar solo on this song was played by Jesse Ed Davis, a brilliant but troubled musician who performed on albums by Willie Nelson, Marvin Gaye and John Lennon. Davis died in 1988 at age 43 in what appeared to be a drug overdose.
  • In the UK, it was The Jackson 5 who had a hit with this song; their 1973 cover went to #9. On their version, Jermaine Jackson came in too early and ended up repeating the first line. His error was allowed to remain in the final mix.
  • Paula Cole sang this for the 2004 film Eulogy.
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Comments: 14

Glen Frey said he learned how to write songs by listening to Jackson Browne work on writing this song when they were neighbors in Echo Park. He said he heard Browne play the piano riff over and over until he got it, and the verses, just where he wanted them. Frey said "So that's how you do it - 'elbow grease'." Meaning to keep working at it until you get it right.Ken - Louisville, Ky
The line "Was I unwise to leave them open for so long?" is one of the best ever in recent music. Also, does anybody know who plays the bongoes on this record? Fantastic timing!Cher - Enumclaw, Wa
The line "Was I unwise to leave them open for so long?" is one of the best ever in recent music. Also, does anybody know who plays the bongoes on this record? Fantastic timing!Cher - Enumclaw, Wa
As Jaym says, this song is from the self title album "Jackson Browne"... the album wasn't called Los Angeles, CA (actually kinda odd that was printed across the bottom of the album) or Saturate Before Using, that was just intended to be humorous, but wasn't the name of the album. Most fans these days do refer to the album as Saturate Before Using though.Richard - Los Angeles, Ca
This is one of the first songs that I loved as a child. I think it has some of the most brilliant lyrics ever written. I would rank only "Carry On Wayward Son" as having better lyrics.

I am not sure what the song is about but it sounds deep. I never tire of hearing this song.
Brian - Richmond , Va
Actually, guys, it's not "Saturate Before Using"
nor is it "Jackson Browne" The correct title of the LP is...."Los Angeles California". Look a little closer. Ref Ayslum LP catalog 1970.

Rance, Los Angeles
Rance - Los Angeles, Ca
The piano intro was inspired by an old piano that was in their apartment complex that had a key that would stick. That's how he got the double beat sound. Whenever he would play a note the key next to it would play also, but a 1/2 second behind.Jay - Atlanta, Ga
I agree with Michael from Lansing, MI. The guitar playing on this song is just about as good as it gets!Paul - Tallahassee, Fl
Don't forget the tasty playing of Jesse "Ed" Davis on this who is still an unsung hero in the guitar world. He was deep into heroin and booze at the time this was recorded. Check out his playing with Taj Mahal.Michael - Lansing, Mi
This song and Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" must be two of the most played songs on oldies radio....Hard to tell how much dough this song has made over the years... ~sounds as good today, as ever..."Rock me on the Water" is another song by J.B. that shows his early talent.
Most excellent tunesmith and singer. <><
Rich - Elkins, Wv
Definitely one of the more prolific American songwriters and successful trubadors of the Alt-Country genre. Hepaid his dues in the late 60's while playing with the Nitty Gritty Dirt band and then headed East to NYC and was part of the late Tim Buckley's backing band. This guy has paid his dues and deserves all the accolades that he gets.

He also wrote the Eagles smash hit, "Take it Easy." How would you like to get those royalty checks!!
Jay - Long Island, Ny
Great song, I like the bass and keyboard into. But,like most great songs it's way to short.Jay - Atlanta, Ga
Actually, it's not from Saturate Before Using. The album is in fact entitled Jackson Browne.Jaym - The Dark Side Of The Moon
This is from the album "Saturate Before Using"Windle - Montgomery, Al
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