Bette Davis Eyes

Lyrics

by

Kim Carnes



Her hair is Harlow gold, her lips sweet surprise
Her hands are never cold, she's got Bette Davis eyes

She'll turn the music on you, you won't have to think twice
She's pure as New York snow, she got Bette Davis eyes

And she'll tease you, she'll unease you
All the better just to please you
She's precocious, and she knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
She got Greta Garbo's standoff sighs, she's got Bette Davis eyes

She'll let you take her home, it works her appetite
She'll lay you on the throne, she got Bette Davis eyes

She'll take a tumble on you, roll you like you were dice
Until you come out blue, she's got Bette Davis eyes

She'll expose you, when she snows you
Hope you're pleased with the crumbs she throws you
She's ferocious and she knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
All the boys think she's a spy, she's got Bette Davis eyes

And she'll tease you, she'll unease you
All the better just to please you
She's precocious, and she knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
All the boys think she's a spy, she's got Bette Davis eyes

Writer/s: WEISS, DONNA / DE SHANNON, JACKIE
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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Bruce "Baby Man" Baum parodied this song; his version: "Marty Feldman Eyes," reached #108 on the national Record World charts in 1981. Kim Carnes called the song "Sub-par trash!"
- Jeff, Columbus, GA
The demo given to the Carnes team by Donna Weiss sounded like a ragtimey honky-tonk song. It can be heard in the Val Garay interview on Taxi TV at the 21:35 mark. Garay siad, "See what a little imagination can do," referring to the Carnes record's arrangement.

The discrepancy between the lyrics "make a pro blush" and "make a crow blush" are true. DeShannon recorded it on her 1975 album with the original "crow blush" line as it was written, which was an obscure and dated backwoods expression (playing on the fact crows are loud feisty birds and black in color, to imply behavior so outrageous it could actually make a crow blush. Some say it was a transcription error while others say it was a deliberate change on the Carnes record from "crow" to "pro" which gave it a more modern and even overt connotation. The term "pro" has long been used (especially through the 70s and 80s) in regard to a certain type of woman to imply she is a sexual pro meaning a professional, as in the world's oldest profession. So when when Carnes sings, "She's precocious and she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush," she is basically saying the character could make a hooker blush.
- Steven, Lincoln Park, MI
Always sounded to me like Carnes needed a cough drop. I also shuddered at the thought of her someday doing a duet with almost-as-gravelly-voiced Bonnie Tyler.
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
There was one year in the late 00's that this song was sampled 3 times! First in Waiting For A Star To Fall then there was something else then someone else covered Waiting For A Star To Fall. As if hearing the same song for 2 months straight on the radio isn't bad enough.
- Sioraf, Macroon, Ireland
The question of whether the lyrics "crow blush" or "pro blush" -- In the version of Jackie DeShannon from 1974 (a co-composer of the song), it is "crow blush." The colloquialism "he could make a crow blush" means that he could easily embarrass anyone or cause some other sort of discomfort, such as teasing you, or precociously uneasing you all the better just to please you. Kim Carnes sang "pro blush" from an error in the transcription of the lyrics from Jackie DeShannon's recording. The lyric "her hair is Harlow gold" refers to Jean Harlow being the most platinum of blondes, known as the Blonde Bombshell from starring in a successful 1933 movie entitled Bombshell.
- Keef, SAN ANTONIO, TX
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