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Smoke In Your Eye

Posted by RRC on April 30, 2007

In Reply to: Smoke In Your Eye posted by Brandon on April 30, 2007

: : : Unreleated to the "s h i t in your eye" post, what does this phrase mean. I've heard it used several times, but the prime example I can remember is from a Les Savy Fav song, "Pills":

: : : "I must admit," I said with a smile "I'm frightened as a child."

: : : And I suspect by the smoke in your eye you're thinking "so am I".

: : : Now, my thoughts are that it means someone who has tears in their eye but is too proud to admit it, using "smoke in my eye" as an excuse for the teariness. Anyway, any help on this phrase would be appreciated.

: : : Thanks!

: : Given that the speaker in the song is talking to a burning bush, I don't think you should worry so much about assigning a figurative meaning.
: : Perhaps you could work on the Kern/Harbach song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" written for the 1933 musical "Roberta":
: : They, said some day you'll find,
: : All who love are blind,
: : When you heart's on fire, you must realize,
: : Smoke gets in your eyes.

: Ah but see, he's (Tim Harrington of LSF) such a clever lyricist that there probably is a figurative meaning. The burning bush is the one heralding the apocalypse, so "he" shouldn't be showing fear yet "he" is. The double meaning then attaches itself when you consider that it's a burning bush. This is why Tim Harrington is the best!

If it is, in fact, that clever, then you can't say that it's even the same phrase, i.e. the meaning is specific to this song only and may have little or no relation to the way anyone else would use it.