Evil Eye

Album: The Beast In Its Tracks (2013)
  • songfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • Josh Ritter wrote The Beast in Its Tracks in the wake of his divorce from American singer-songwriter Dawn Landes. This song finds him showing real disdain towards his former wife. Ritter reflected to MSN CA: "There's like a feeling of wanting to curse somebody. No matter what happens for them to out of the blue feel like there is a joy robbed out of their life. That's what it feels like. There is like a, 'no apologies' in these songs. I'm telling you maybe what I wanted at the time. Over time, maybe those feelings change. By the time I wrote it, there's an angry bitter song about the next love coming along and there being no joy in it. I did write some songs that were pretty mad and shouty. They were just not honest and didn't feel right. Temper tantrums are sometimes not as effective as a few quiet words."
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

Mike Love of The Beach BoysSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.

Experience Nirvana with Sub Pop Founder Bruce PavittSong Writing

The man who ran Nirvana's first label gets beyond the sensationalism (drugs, Courtney) to discuss their musical and cultural triumphs in the years before Nevermind.

Wedding Bell BluesSong Writing

When a song describes a wedding, it's rarely something to celebrate - with one big exception.

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

Tom Bailey of Thompson TwinsSongwriter Interviews

Tom stopped performing Thompson Twins songs in 1987, in part because of their personal nature: "Hold Me Now" came after an argument with his bandmate/girlfriend Alannah Currie.

Gary Louris of The JayhawksSongwriter Interviews

The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.