I Only Have Eyes For You

Album: Greatest Hits (1959)
Charted: 11
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  • My love must be a kind of blind love
    I can't see anyone but you
    Sha bop sha bop

    Are the stars out tonight
    I don't know if it's cloudy or bright
    I only have eyes for you dear

    The moon may be high
    But I can't see a thing in the sky
    I only have eyes for you

    I don't know if we're in a garden
    Or on a crowded avenue

    You are here and so am I
    Maybe millions of people go by
    But they all disappear from view
    And I only have eyes for you

Comments: 32

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1959 {July 6th} "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos peaked at #3 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart...
    At the time the song was at #16 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, it just missed making the Top 10 when it peaked at #11 {for 1 week} one week later on July 13th, 1959...
    Between 1956 and 1970 the Chicago, Illinois soul group had nine records on Billboard's R&B chart, two made the Top 10 with the above "I Only Have Eyes For You" being their biggest hit...
    The group's other Top 10 record was "I'll Be Home", which reached #5 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Most-Played R&B Records On Juke Boxes on March 1st, 1956...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the Hot R&B Sides' Top 10 on July 6th, 1959:
    At #1. "Personality" by Lloyd Price
    #2. "You're So Fine" by The Falcons
    #3. the above "I Only Have Eyes For You"
    #4. "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison
    #5. "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton
    #6. "Lonely Boy" by Paul Anka
    #7. "I Waited Too Long" by LaVern Baker
    #8. "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes" by Dinah Washington
    #9. "Endlessly" by Brook Benton
    #10. "There Is Something On Your Mind" By Big Jay McNeeley
  • Dale from Australia The backing vocals sounds like they are saying”Belezabub”...and the song sounds very eerie...a creepy feeling...(no disrespect to the song but that’s what it sounds like they are saying).
  • Kpricer from The Edge Of The Deep Green SeaThis song was used in and the title of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 episode 19.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 20th 1960, at a concert at the Tivoli Theater in Chicago, IL; the Flamingos and the Crests were the opening acts for headliner Sam Cooke*...
    At the time the Flamingos' "Nobody Loves Me Like You" was at #38 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, while at #39 was the Crests' "Step by Step"...
    The following week "Nobody Loves Me Like You" would peak at #30 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the Top 100 for 10 weeks...
    It reached #23 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart…
    Between 1956 and 1970 the Flamingos, a Chicago-based quintet, had nine records make the R&B Singles chart; with two making the Top 10, "I'll Be Home" at #5 in 1956 and "I Only Have Eyes for You" at #3 in 1959...
    They were inducted into the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' in 2001 and into to the 'Vocal Group Hall of Fame' in 2000, and no surprise here, in 2004 they entered the 'Doo-Wop Hall of Fame'...
    * Sam Cooke was the composer of "Nobody Loves Me Like You".
  • Justin from VirginiaAlways wondered what the background vocals were saying...drove me crazy for years, my imagination went wild, so I'm glad I finally gave in trying to crack the code on my own, swallowed my pride (what little there is), and came here. Always thought it was "do what you want" or "Charles Schwab". So either a little subliminal messaging trying to get us to follow our hearts or invest more wisely. Fine line between the 2, I guess...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 17th 1975, "I Only Have Eyes For You" by Art Garfunkel entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; and on November 23rd, 1975 it peaked at #18 {for 1 week} and also spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
    On October 5th, 1975 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    The week it peaked at #18 on the Top 100, six positions higher at #12 was "My Little Town" by some duo named Simon and Garfunkel...
    Between 1973 and 1997 he had nine Top 100 records with one making the Top 10; "All I Know" peaked at #9 {for 1 week} on November 4th, 1973...
    Arthur Ira Garfunkel will celebrate his 73rd birthday in three months on November 5th {2014}.
  • Matt0 from St Peters, AustraliaI had a dream last night with this song playing while dancing with the girl of my dreams. Great song!
  • Joel Hugh Mchaggis from Wick, United KingdomIf I am not mistaken this was also used in the Robert De Niro film "A Bronx Tale".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1959 The Flamingos released their version of Gershwin's "Love Walked In"; it only peaked at #88 but it's a great rendition of the George & Ira classic..
  • Bruce from Rockwall, TxFor Charlie in Albuqueurque,Barry in Lancaster,PA,
    Guy,Woodinville,Wa.Allabelle,Eugene,Or.
    regarding the background Rhythmn Vocables: they say, My love must be a kind of blind love.
    I can't see anyone but you.
    (She-bop-she bop, de-bop-she-bop,)
    (De-bop-she-bop, de-bop-she-bop.)

    (De-bop-she-bop,)
    Are the stars out (de-bop-she-bop) tonight?
    (De-bop-shebop,)
    I don't know if it's cloudy (de-bop-she-bop,or
    bright.
    I only have eyes for you, dear.

    (de-bop-she-bop)
    The moon may-(de-bop-she-bop,)-be high.
    (De-bop-she-bop,)
    But i can't see a thing (de-bop-she-bop,)in the
    sky,
    I only have eyes for you.
    (Ooo-oo, oo-ooo-oo, oo-oo.)

    (Ahhhh)
    I don't know if we're in a garden,
    (Ahhhh)
    Or on the crowded avenue-ooo.

    (De-bop-she-bop,)
    You are here, (de-bop-she-bop,)and so am I.
    (De-bop-she-bop.)
    May be millions of people (de-bop-she-bop)go by,
    But they all disappear from view.
    (Ooo,oo-oo-oo-oo, oo-oo,oo,ooo.)
    And I only have eyes for you

    (De-bop-she-bop, de-bop-she-bop, de-bop-she-bop,)
    (Fade)
    (De-bop-she-bop, de-bop-she-bop, de-bop-she-bop.)
    THIS IS CORRECT. YOU TAKE THIS TO THE BANK.
    BRUCE BOWDIN
    DRUMMER
    ROSEGARDEN, 1967
    "NEXT PLANE TO LONDON
  • William from Los Angeles, CaI suspect that the Flamingos may be responsible for their own piece of the baby boom, just from this one hit.

    "Getting Lucky" never had a better soundtrack.
  • Ginny from New York Mills, MnArt Garfunkel also sings this song.
  • Charlie from Albuquerque, NmThe background doo-wop)vocals vary during the intro before the verse.
    1st line = sh-bomp sh-bomp.
    2nd line = dwomp sh-bomp
    3rd line = dmomp sh-bomp

    For the remainder of the song, the background remains the same, dwomp sh-bomp
  • Lois-anne from New Castle, DeI, too, remember a contest with our local radio station. I never did find out what the background words were. Does anyone know? Even hearing it in person, at a doo-wop concert, didn't help. It sounds like chlop-chlop.
  • Giuseppe from Pescara, ItalyI like this song really very much.

    Maybe 'cause I'm falling in love exactly like a young boy, but next april 2009 I'll be 59 years old.

    It's happening exactly what the song lyrics describes: I Only Have Eyes For Her.

    Wonderful musics and lyrics, perfectly mixed.

    Really lovable. The unbelievable thing is that I knew this song only a few weeks ago.



  • Joe from Philadelphia, PaI have loved this song from the first time I heard it back in 1960. I don't know that they get any better than this. If so, please bring them on!
  • Evin from Cork, IrelandThe musician (and i use that term very loosely!) Eamon used this beat in his song "I love dem hos"... which I find extremely ironic!
  • N.i. from Baltimore, MdI used to think the background singers were saying, "Jehosaphat."
  • Patrick from Lokeren, --One of my all time favorites, such a great lovely song...
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaI agree with each of Barry's comments. A timeless classic & "de-bop-she-bop."
  • Barry from Lancaster, PaBack ground singers are saying(de-bop-she-bop
  • Nick from Brisbane, AustraliaThis was used in an Australian tv mini-series called 'Changi' about Australian prisoners in Changi during WWII, and their reunion in the present. A number of songs from the period were used, and were a powerful counterpoint to the hell they were living in.
  • Keith from York, PaFrom a musical historical perspective, the Flamingos version has to be one of the top ten songs ever recorded.
  • Barry from Greenville, NcThis song has such a wonderful dreamy quality to it. So surreal and haunting. I also like "Lovers Never Say Goodbye."
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrTo me, the repeated phrase in the background sounds something like, "She bop She Bop", sung in a moderately fast motion.
  • Tom from Tucson, AzA Denver radio station had a contest, when I lived there, for people to call in and speculate on what the background singers are saying. The best guess entry: "Dump Truck".
  • Sharon from Winona, MnThis is a wonderful song but I would like to know what the background singers are saying/singing?
  • Joseph from Phila, Pawhat are the background singers saying??
  • Robert from Glendale , CaMan............what a nicer than nice song man, nothing like those old Classics i tell you. It's ashame how the music has changed so much, but these all time classics shall never die i tell you man!!!!!!!
  • Mel from Tucson, AzWhat words are being repeated behind the lead singer?
  • Wes from Springfield, VaThe songfact above is incorrect. The Flamingos did *not* record this in 1959 for the movie Dames. Dames came out in 1934; there is an extensive (and bizarre!) Busby Berkeley dance sequence set to this music. Dick Powell sings this song as he's falling in love with Ruby Keeler.

    It took the genius of Flamingos lead guitarist and vocalist Terry Johnson to transform this Harry Warren song from an upbeat 1930's dance tune into the world's greatest pop nocturne. A romantic song for the ages...

    By the way, the Flamingos follow up song, "Till The End of Time," sounds almost exactly like this song in terms of structure and production. A case of attempting to repeat success with the same formula, I guess.
  • Catherine from London, Englandthis song was also used in an episode of Buffy (the title of the episode also being the title of the song) in series 2. It involves Buffy having flashbacks to the 1950s before a prom night (the flamingos version was used even though technically it hadnt been recorded at the time some of the episode was set).

    it was also mine and my boyfriends favourite song
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