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KEEP AN EYE

  • August 28, 2012 4:09 pm

Keep An Eye

Track no. 9 (CD1) of Album: “Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls”  (THE JACKSON 5)

Release date: August 28, 2012

Written by: Valerie Simpson (also recorded with The Supremes)

AUDIO only:  LISTEN here (Keep An Eye)

 

Keep an eye
Keep an eye
Keep an eye
On your close friend

Keep an eye
Keep an eye
Keep an eye
On your close friend

‘Cause what you got that’ll make you lose
And then turn around and step in your shoes
I say they’ll turn around
And step in your shoes

Like the day I stood there numb
Watchin’ my friend walk away
With my love on his arm
And all he left me was
The memory of the moment when he said
“I’m sorry for what I have to do
But you see I love her just as much as you”

Keep an eye
Keep an eye
On your close friend

Keep an eye
Keep an eye
You better watch out
For your close friend

The devil’s workshop is a busy place
On top of evil there’s an innocent face
Oh, on top of evil he puts an innocent face
She was just like a spider
Only twice as smart

Kindness was the thread
She used to weave our world apart
It used to be three of us seen all over town
Now there’s only two
Someone’s missing guess who

Now I see how he schemed and finally
Worked his way in between
Planted seeds of mistrust here and there
Causin’ us to fight unaware
His comforting way when I would cry
Shadowed the look of triumph in his eye
Just like a snake on a limb of a tree
A friend is an enemy you can see

‘Cause what you got that’ll make you lose
And then turn around and step in your shoes
They’ll turn around
And step in your shoes

So you better keep an eye on your close friend
You better watch out for your close friend
Don’t trust nobody
Don’t trust nobody
Keep an eye on your close friend
You better watch out for your close friend

— Julie “Casper” Windsor, thanks for your help with the lyrics

1 Comment

  1. Casper says:

    OK, there’s a few errors here, basically just changing She to He etc. cos it’s singing about his “friend” who acted like a close friend to the singer/writer…used that friendship to get in between him and his girl, then when he wasn’t looking, stole the girl away from him. So this verse:
    Like the day I stood there numb
    Watchin’ my friend walk away
    With my love on her arm
    No, what she left me was
    The memory of the moment when she said
    “I’m sorry for what I have to do
    But you see I love him just as much as you”

    you have to listen REALLY closely to pickup where Jermaine sings HIS in the 3rd line, but it is actually changed to:

    Like the day I stood there numb
    Watchin’ my friend walk away
    With my love on his arm
    And all he left me was
    A memory of the moment when he said
    “I’m sorry of what I have to do
    But you see I love her just as much as you”

    cos Jermaine is singing about a male friend, stealing his girl… so basically wherever you have she, or her written, it is actually HE and HIS..like in the following verse also:

    Now I see how he schemed and finally
    Worked his way in between
    Planted seeds of mistrust here and there
    Causin’ us to fight unaware
    His comforting way when I would cry
    Shadowed the look of triumph in his eye
    Just like a snake on a limb of a tree
    A friend is an enemy you can see

    cos HE, the “friend” is trying to comfort Jermaine with the problems of the relationship, which unbeknownst to Jermaine, he, the friend, actually caused…so his comforting ways..being a “friend” shadowed the look of triumph…he was secretly happy to break them apart so he could have HIS turn with Jerm’s girl…
    I thought it was talking about a girl at first also, just when I stopped and looked at the lyrics and listened closer, I thought no…he is actually singing he….we are just used to the boys singing about girls and breakups, that you don’t even think to hear them talking about the guys in a song, who caused the breakup..you dont often hear guys singing about guys, espec with J5 anyway, so your mind doesn’t even go there at first til you listen a lot closer.

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