The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes

from by Men With Day Jobs



Opens with Rod loitering lazily in the outfield at a school cricket match, dropping a catch and making the usual excuse that “the sun was in my eyes”. This seemed a good summation of three lives spent not quite “on the ball” – particularly with romance and work. Visionaries looking for the wider picture – or just idiots not paying attention? A leisurely feel pervades until the slightly tense last verse. We each sing a stanza – Rod in the outfield, Paul missing the romance on the beach, and Stafford daydreaming at work.


A sunny day in the outfield, and he barely hears the call / With his gaze on something distant, he moves too late to catch the ball

His head full of daydreams, his hopes on the rise / His hands to the heavens, stands the boy with the sun in his eyes

On the dunes by the ocean, waits the warmth of the girl / But her smile escapes his notice - he sails by in his own world

His face to the sea-spray, his heart in the skies / His gaze on the horizon, drifts the boy with the sun in his eyes

Another day in the Real World, of action plans and power plays / Still he squints beyond the skyline - to wider worlds and better ways

His head full of stardust, his heart in disguise / His mind on forever, lives the boy with the sun in his eyes


from Dreams And Tinsel, released January 12, 2008



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