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Got Bette Davis Eyes?

If you are into the music of the '80s you've probably heard about this song 'Bette Davis Eyes' composed by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon. Originally written in 1974, the song gained much popularity when Kim Carnes sang and recorded her version in 1981, which stayed in the US Billboard Hot 100 for nine non-consecutive weeks and won Song of the Year and Album of the Year awards in the Grammy's.

Photo by lakandula

The song refers to legendary and highly-respected Broadway and Hollywood actress, Bette Davis who lived long enough to have acted in more than a hundred film, TV, and theater roles until she succumbed to breast cancer in 1989. She was 81.

Here’s a link to the music video:

The lyrics of the song goes this way:

Her hair is Harlow gold,
Her lips sweet surprise,
Her hands are never cold,
She’s got Bette Davis eyes.
She’ll turn her music on,
You won’t have to think twice,
She’s pure as New York snow.
She got Bette Davis eyes.

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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 Stand off sighs,
She’s got Bette Davis eyes.

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She’ll let you take her home,
It whets her appetite,
She’ll lay you on her 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.

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She’ll expose you
When she snows you,
Off your feet 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.

Photo by lakandula

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.

She’ll tease you,
She’ll unease you
Just to please you,
She’s got Bette Davis eyes.

She’ll expose you
When she snows you.
(fade)

Photo by lakandula

I saw retro programs in TV that featured films of legendary actress Bette Davis when I was young and I adored her acting prowess especially in her role as Queen Elizabeth. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress and held the record for being the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for her performances in a wide range of film genres. The American Film Institute honored her as the first woman to be given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

As my way of remembering that fond childhood memory, I created these experimental triples fusing together portraits of the legendary actress, neon lights, and street vignettes. Modified my Pop9 to effect a one-frame-less Supersampler used for texturing and coloring these multiples.

My eyes are not like those of Ms. Davis but I’m glad through them I am able to see the beauty of the world.

Info source: Wikipedia

written by lakandula

1 comment

  1. kneehigh85

    kneehigh85

    I have always loved this song !!!

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