The Story Behind 'Amber Eyes'


The Lyrics


V1 Tell me you want to dance with me baby, You've got that look in your eyes, and I can hear your cries, But you can never be too careful lately, You've got the moves that set me into the groove, Underestimating, Pre Chorus: Speak to me, honey Tell me something that could change the stakes, Sing to me, softly, give me a song that could change my fate, Chorus: Take a picture, and steal my soul, Change your face and tell me no one knows, (No one knows) How you can fly, with those amber eyes, you disguise all the lies that left a scar on your soul, (Ooh) V2: Your moves consistently driving me crazy, You never tell me your game, or how the hell I can play, You only watch as I crash and burn badly, My integrity bends, is it a means to an end of our collaborating?, Pre Chorus: (repeat) Speak to me, honey Tell me something that could change the stakes, Sing to me, softly, give me a song that could change my fate, Chorus: (repeat) Take a picture, and steal my soul, Change your face and tell me no one knows, (Mmmm, No one knows) How you can fly, with those amber eyes, you disguise all the lies that left a scar on your soul, Chorus 2: So take it easy, take it slow, I've never been in this position before, But I'll still try, with those amber eyes, you realize that I can captivate your soul, (Captivate my soul) Bridge: I like to think I could make you smile, and for that moment I'm more than what I really am, So take me up to the moon for a celestial drive,

The Story


This song was written during the time I was recording songs that would become my first album 'May Never Be Forgotten.' I wrote it about a girl I had just met at that time. We never really hit it off even though I tried to make it work, but she still left an impression on me.


I tried to make the song about a new romance and how incredible it can be when you first meet someone and the excitement you feel towards the possibilities regardless of what the outcome could actually be. Even if I know in the real world nothing might ever materialize, I can still dream right?


The Recording


While it is difficult to remember the actual time period in which I recorded and finished the song, I remember recording this song very well. The initial idea I brought in was more along the lines of David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails, but it was clear that my producer and co-writer Tony Correlli could hear something that was more along the lines of a electronic influenced dance track.


Some of the elements were still there but after reworking the chord progression and writing a pre-chorus section the song took more of an upbeat and energetic turn for the better. The deep electronic bass, the out-of-this-world synth effects, and funky guitar riffs really gave the song life. The song also featured Jeff Gardner on drums which really brought the song to the next level. But about halfway through recording I realized that my voice alone would not be enough to finish this track.


So I brought in Lindsay Collette to add her voice to the track. I was looking for something in the vein of 'Gimme Shelter' by The Rolling Stones in terms of the vocal interactions between Male and Female. Lindsay saw that I was searching for someone and linked me to recording of her singing in that style and I was instantly impressed and wanted to get her on the song. Her performance ended up being leaps and bounds better than anything I could have anticipated. The way the track came together was one of the things that made me realize that I could really be writer in my own right, and that if I brought together the right people I could make any song the greatest it can be.

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