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“Keep thinking ‘bout his angeleyes
I keep thinking

Last night I was taking a walk along the river
and I saw him together with a young girl
and the look that he gave her made me shiver
‘cause he always used to look at me that way
and I thought maybe I should walk right up to her and say
it’s a game he likes to play

Look into his angeleyes
one look and you’re hypnotized
he’ll take your heart and you must pay the price
look into his angeleyes
you’ll think you’re in paradise
and one day you’ll find out he wears a disguise
don’t look too deep into those angeleyes
oh no…

Keep thinking ‘bout his angeleyes
I keep thinking

Sometimes when I’m lonely I sit and think about him
and it hurts to remember all the good times
when I thought I could never live without him
and I wonder does it have to be the same
every time when I see him
will it bring back all the pain?
ah-ha-ha, how can I forget that name?

Look into his angeleyes
one look and you’re hypnotized
he’ll take your heart and you must pay the price
look into his angeleyes
you’ll think you’re in paradise
and one day you’ll find out he wears a disguise
don’t look too deep into his angeleyes
crazy ‘bout his angeleyes, angeleyes
once he took my heart and now I pay the price
look into his angeleyes
you’ll think you’re in paradise
and one day you’ll find out he wears a disguise
don’t look too deep into those angeleyes
oh no…

Keep thinking
keep thinking ‘bout his angeleyes
keep thinking
keep thinking, I had to pay the price”.

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ABBA, Angeleyes – 4:20
(Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus)
Album: Voulez-Vous (23 aprile 1979)
Album: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1979, raccolta)
Album: More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits (1993, raccolta)
Album: The Definitive Collection (2001, raccolta)
Singolo: “Angeleyes / Voulez-Vous” (1979)

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Citazioni.

Angeleyes (also known as “Angel Eyes“) is a pop song written and recorded in 1978 by Swedish group ABBA. Released as a double A-side with “Voulez-Vous” in 1979, coming from the album of the same name, the lyrics and music were composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It is known as one of ABBA‘s most popular tracks in the United Kingdom, becoming a Top 40 hit that peaked at the country’s number three spot. Lyrically, the track is a sentimental ballad in which the protagonist beseeches women to avoid the deceptively innocent looking gaze of a handsome yet deceitful man, warning them to beware the “game he likes to play”. The vocals came from Ulvaeus with Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The main working title for the song was “Katakusom“. Over the years, it has appeared in various musical collections such as The Definitive Collection (2001) and The Albums (2008).
In the United Kingdom, “Angeleyes” was released as a double A-side with “Voulez-Vous“. This being an unusual move for the group, ABBA and the personnel at Epic, the group’s British record label, believed that with its classic ABBA arrangement “Angeleyes” would be considerably popular with the record buying public. No promotional video for the track was made. As ABBA had filmed one for “Voulez-Vous“, it was this that was used to promote the AA side single. The “Angeleyes”/”Voulez-Vous” single was the first ABBA single in the UK to feature a picture sleeve, although ABBA had previously issued picture sleeves in other countries. All of Epic’s previous ABBA UK single releases were issued in plain company sleeves, which were yellow until 1976 when they changed to orange during a revision of Epic’s label design. The single was also issued in several different colours of vinyl, and marked a change in Epic’s presentation of their then most profitable act. “Angeleyes” has been a part of numerous ABBA compilations over the years. Examples include More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits (1993) and The Definitive Collection (2001), as well as the 1994 four-CD boxed set Thank You for the Music. It also appeared on the group’s 1979 Greatest Hits Vol. 2 album.
The double A-side peaked at number three in the UK. A notable coincidence occurred in which, at around the same time, the British art rock group Roxy Music released an unrelated song named “Angel Eyes“. That track was composed by musicians Bryan Ferry and Andy Mackay. The two songs possess some lyrical similarities although the Roxy Music piece features a bouncier, more upbeat reminiscent of contemporary pop rock; both ended up becoming major UK hits almost contemporaneously. In the United States, the individual “Angeleyes” single received some interest yet ultimately failed to climb that high in the charts, only scraping into the top 70 in October 1979. “Voulez-Vous” fared more poorly the month before, just making it into the top 80. Compared to expectations, the songs’ parent album only performed modestly in the US. In critical terms, when the track was featured on the BBC’s popular TV series Juke Box Jury, the panel (which featured Alan Freeman, Johnny Rotten, Joan Collins and Elaine Paige) unanimously voted the song a “miss”, predicting that it would not be a hit for the group. Oddly enough, only “Angeleyes” was mentioned on the show, with no reference made to “Voulez-Vous“. A retrospective review of the Voulez-Vous album by AllMusic critic Bruce Eder gave “Angeleyes” a citation as an ‘Album Pick’ while praising the work as a whole”.

(Wikipedia, voce Angeleyes)

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