Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band famously wrote the song Jessica while watching his young daughter play. I think I have an idea as to the feeling that inspired Mr. Betts because every time I hear Eyes Of The World nowadays I think of my kids. (Note: As the story goes, Dickey also made a conscientious effort to create that melody using only two fingers on his fretting hand, an homage to Django Reinhardt, the famous Gypsy guitarist.)
Sure there’s an interpretation to be made about kids being the Eyes of the World, their innocence revealing new things and ideas to them (as well as their parents) on a regular basis. That is certainly part of it. However, the melodies that Jerry constructs on a consistent basis this song are just so lively, happy, and carefree I’d be amazed if the song failed to put a smile on someone’s face.
I think the song is very accessible too, even the longer jammed out versions. The lyrics are interesting and give you something to think about, and the bubbly playing that so often pours forth from Jerry in this song never fails to capture my attention.
Something special needs to be said about the 1973 versions of the song as well, as the jam is much different than what it would be post-hiatus. That’s because several of the themes that had been cropping up in jams throughout 1974 (and earlier in some cases) were built into songs in their own right – notably Slipknot! and King Solomon’s Marbles (or it is Milkin’ The Turkey? I tend to just consider that entire track KSM for ease of identification). But it’s fascinating to hear strands of those tunes incubating in the realm of Eyes of the World. It’s no wonder that this is such a favorite song of mine. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of it and expect to continue to do so for years to come.
Complete Setlist 12/6/73
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