1969 Song of the Day is- Pale Blue Eyes- by The Velvet Underground. Pale Blue Eyes was written by Lou Reed and was on The Velvet Underground’s self-titled third album. Reed wrote the song about his first love- Shelley Albin- who also happened to be married to another man at the time- and her eyes weren’t blue but hazel. I think it is the best song on the album- and a beautiful song- beauty in the same sentence as Lou Reed?
Over the years Pale Blue Eyes has been covered by many artists- most famously by R.E.M, Patti Smith, Counting Crows, Hole, and a host of others. The Killers played this song the evening of Lou’s death in concert as a tribute to him.