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Asked by: drt123-ga
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24 May 2003 07:39 PDT
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Question ID: 208051
I would like to know the derivation of the term "spanish eyes." I would like to know about any art, literature, music associated with the term. Specifically, I would like to know whether this term is associated with a typical facial feature or eye morphology in hispanic women.
Re: Spanish Eyes
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 25 May 2003 20:32 PDT
Hello drt123-ga, In accordance with your instruction to give you whatever I have, here is all that I have on "spanish eyes". The main information that I have found, oddly enough, has to do with the Irish. There is a belief (perhaps not based in fact) that the Irish have some Spanish ancestry, and thus have "Spanish eyes". The term "Spanish eyes" was used -- and perhaps originally popularized -- by James Joyce in his descriptions of Molly Bloom in "Ulysses". More recently, U2 had a song called "Spanish Eyes", which appears to be a reference to Ireland. "Do some Irish names come from Spanish Armada survivors?" (19-Oct-1979) The Straight Dope http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_111.html "Prof. Dr. Hildegard L.C. Tristram" [under heading "Literatur": citation of "Molly Bloom's Spanish Eyes"] Universität Potsdam http://www.uni-potsdam.de/u/lingtri/tristram/anglist.htm "Letras dos Singles do Álbum The Joshua Tree: Spanish Eyes" U2 Three http://www.u2three.com.br/portugues/letras/letrasdossinglesdoalbumthejoshuatree.htm#eyes "spanish eyes", thread in <soc.culture.europe> (Jan 21-22, 2001) Google Groups http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=94ffmc%246dc%241%40diana.bcn.ttd.net Google cache of "U2 - Beautiful Day" [scroll to last two messages on the page] SongMeanings http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:NP_Tvl77WV4J:www.songmeanings.net/lyric.php%3Flid%3D145 U2 might possibly be suggesting that Spanish eyes are "green and gold". However, I believe that the first thing that would come to many people's minds -- as with cryptica-ga -- is the "blue Spanish eyes" from the song peformed by Al Martino and many others. In general, this and other songs called "Spanish Eyes" have been recorded many times. You can see and hear many of these versions here: "Search All Music '"spanish eyes"'" Tower Records http://music.towerrecords.com/towermusic?n=0&att=All_Music+%22spanish%20eyes%22&cs=%22spanish%20eyes%22&csn=3&csr=1&dym=1&cc=USD You can view lyrics for the songs on these pages: "Searched the web for lyrics 'spanish eyes'" Google ://www.google.com/search?num=30&hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&safe=off&q=lyrics+%22spanish+eyes%22 Images, including some art, relating to "Spanish eyes" can be found by browsing these pages: "Searched images for 'spanish eyes'" Google Image Search http://images.google.com/images?q=%22spanish+eyes%22&svnum=30&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&safe=off&filter=0 I hope that this information is helpful. - justaskscott-ga Search terms used on Google: "phrase spanish eyes" "spanish eyes" lyrics u2 "james joyce" irish
Re: Spanish Eyes
From: cryptica-ga on 24 May 2003 17:36 PDT
I'm not a researcher, so leave the hard stuff to justaskscott -- but first thing musically that comes to mind is Al Martino's hit record, "SPANISH EYES. Lyrics by Eddie Snyder & Charlie Singleton. Music by Bert Kaempfert. A rhumba beat. . . Doesn't answer your question about WHY, but was wildly popular in the '60s. Blue, Spanish eyes Tear drops are falling from your Spanish eyes Please, please don't cry This is just adios and not goodbye. Soon, I'll return Bringing you all the love your heart can hold. Please, say "Si, si", Say you and your Spanish eyes will wait for me. Blue Spanish eyes, Prettiest eyes in all of Mexico True Spanish eyes, Please smile for me once more before I go. Soon I'll return Bringing you all the love your heart can hold Please say "Sí, sí", Say you and your Spanish eyes will wait for me
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