I Can See It In Your Eyes

Album: Business as Usual (1982)

Songfacts®:

  • Written by Men at Work frontman Colin Hay, this song is about a man who comes to the realization that the relationship with his wife/girlfriend has run its course and that there's no purpose in trying to save it. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Hay explained in an interview with Spinner that the song was inspired by a combination of personal experiences. "That song was definitely felt quite personal to me," he said. "It wasn't really about one thing... I mean, the girl that I was going out with, who actually became my first wife, I think some of the song was taken from that relationship. And then some of it was about coming to Australia [from Scotland] – that always seems to feature quite heavily [in my work], that move and that escapade. And there's probably a lot of my mother in there as well. My mother features quite heavily in a lot of my songs."

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