Doctor My Eyes ~ Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. His introspective lyrics made him prominent in the Southern California confessional singer-songwriter movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Browne was born in Heidelberg, Germany, where his father, an American serviceman, was stationed. Browne’s mother, Beatrice Amanda, was a Minnesota native of Norwegian ancestry. Browne has three siblings: Roberta “Berbie” Browne who was born in 1946 in Nuremberg, Germany (Nuernberg) and Edward Severin Browne who was born in 1949 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His younger sister, Gracie Browne, was born a number of years later.  Browne moved to the Highland Park district of Los Angeles, California, at the age of 3 and in his teens began singing folk music in local venues like the Ash Grove. He attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California, graduating in 1966.

Later in 1966 Browne joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and signed a publishing contract with Nina Music. His songs were performed by Joan Baez, Tom Rush, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, the Byrds, Steve Noonan, and others. After moving to Greenwich Village, New York, Browne was briefly in Tim Buckley’s back-up band. In 1967 Browne was romantically linked to Nico of the Velvet Underground. He was a significant contributor to her debut album, Chelsea Girl, playing guitar on several of the songs he had written (including a version of one of Browne’s earliest songwriting efforts; “These Days”). After leaving New York City, Browne formed a folk band with Ned Doheny and Jack Wilce, and settled in Southern California.

Doctor My Eyes

This is a 1972 song written and performed by Jackson Browne and included on his debut album Jackson Browne. Featuring a combination of an upbeat piano riff – accidentally found courtesy of an instrument with a broken action that Browne was writing songs on.

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Doctor, my eyes have seen the years
And the slow parade of fears without crying
Now I want to understand

I have done all that I could
To see the evil and the good without hiding
You must help me if you can

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what is wrong
Was I unwise to leave them open for so long

‘Cause I have wandered through this world
And as each moment has unfurled
I’ve been waiting to awaken from these dreams
People go just where they will
I never noticed them until I got this feeling
That it’s later than it seems

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what you see
I hear their cries
Just say if it’s too late for me

Doctor, my eyes
Cannot see the sky
Is this the prize for having learned how not to cry

  • Audio from the 1971 album, Jackson Browne:

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