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Eleanor's Eyes

from Songs About Girls by Prince Perry

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Eleanor's Eyes was a short story I wrote for my first blog. Because I needed material for this record, I went back and paired the story down into more of a poem, which then became this song.

I remember talking with my friend Sally about it at the time and thinking that it might be cool to do a whole series of songs with these same characters, Eleanor, the blind cat, the doctor... It never happened though so this is as much of the story as you get haha.


Eleanor’s Eyes (Perry Gladstone)

The bird had no idea
That she sat on a ledge just above the walk
The temperature was below zero
The washing on the line was frozen where it hung

When Eleanor left her apartment
It was a crisp winter morning and her hair was done
The washing caught her attention
She looked into the sky and it came undone

She lept, it sprang and the branch did sprung
The tiny icicle it began its plunge
Eleanor looked up to the sky
The Doctor said it was his very best glass eye

When Eleanor walked home from the clinic
She stood at the cross walk and looked one way
Mrs. Mellonby’s wash was still hanging
And She was on the ledge waiting for new prey

A cardboard box and some tuna
Was all it took to coax her from her perch
Eleanor went to the toy store
She bought matching perfect marbles then went straight to church


Sign on the door says keep the cat in
The Doctor’s by the punch bowl and so proud of his work
Eleanor’s guests don’t know her secret
But cat can’t see as it trips under foot


Copyright 2006, Perry Gladstone


from Songs About Girls, released December 12, 2009


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