Angel Eyes - Matt Dennis

Angel Eyes
(Matt Dennis)

Angel Eyes
by Matt Dennis

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Angel Eyes “is a 1946 popular song composed by Matt Dennis, with lyrics by Earl Brent. It was introduced in the 1953 film Jennifer, where Matt Dennis sings the song and accompanies himself on piano, while Ida Lupino and Howard Duff among others are dancing to it. “Angel Eyes” is a jazz standard which has inspired many interpretations. Many singers have recorded versions of the song, including Nat King Cole (already in 1953), Frank Sinatra, June Christy with Stan Kenton, Chet Baker, Shirley Bassey, Neil Sedaka, Willie Nelson with Ray Charles, and Sting. Ella Fitzgerald, who recorded “Angel Eyes” at least four times, named it her favorite song.

Lyrics

Angel Eyes

Try to think that love’s not around
But it’s uncomfortably near
My old heart ain’t gaining no ground
Because my angel eyes ain’t here
Angel eyes, that old devil sent
They glow unbearably bright
Need I say that my love’s misspent
Misspent with angel eyes tonight
So drink up all you people
Order anything you see
Have fun you happy people
The laughs and the jokes are on me
Pardon me but I got to run
The fact’s uncommonly clear
I got to find who’s now number one
And why my angel eyes ain’t here
Excuse me while I disappear

Songwriters: Matt Dennis / Earl Brent