The Bug Eyed Man

The Hollywood Argyles

 

Bwa-haa-haa

 

I done heard the gossip

Running like a faucet

And spreading like a fire over town

 

They say youíve been a-cheatiní

A-stealiní and a-sneakiní

While your near-sighted daddy ainít around

 

You been causing trouble

You no good dirty rebel

The time has come to settle up the score

 

Just any second now

You will hear its awful growl

Itís the bug eyed man knocking at your door

 

Heís the biggest of the bug eyes

And heís bigger than a bear

Heís a creepy looking critter

And heís covered up with hair

And a good eye thatís green

And a bad eye thatís blue

His head has done focused on the thought of snatching you

 

You do what I you

The bug eyed man will get you

And shake your liver loose

There ainít no doubt

When he jumps out and screams

Youíll unravel at the seams

ĎCause the bug eyed man is going to rub you out

 

Heís a biggest of the bug eyes

And heís badder than a bear

Heís a creepy looking critter

And heís covered up with hair

And a good eye thatís green

And a bad eye thatís blue

His head has done focused on the thought of snatching you

 

You do what I  you

The bug eyed man will get you

And shake your liver loose

There ainít no doubt

When he jumps out and screams

Youíll unravel at the seams

ĎCause the bug eyed man is going to rub you out

 

[Scream]

 

The Hollywood Argyles scored a hit with the novelty classic "Alley-Oop," and established themselves as primarily novelty artists.  Lead vocalist Gary Paxton apparently recorded "Alley-Oop" while under the influence of "hard cider," which created the song's distinctive slurred sound.  With "The Bug-Eyed Man," Paxton imitated that vocal style.  According to rumor, Paxton took the novelty act into his personal life when he became romantically involved with Tammy Faye Bakker.

"The Bug-Eyed Man" takes the idea of the controlling gaze to the extreme.  Instead of maintaining control through monitoring, and in "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," or merely administering a vague sort of punishment for any transgression, as in "Peek-a-Boo," this song threatens that if you cheat a bug-eyed (reinforcing the idea of the Gaze) monster will "rub you out."  Vague threats are nobody's friend.

Other song by the Hollywood Argyles:

"Alley Oop"

 

Other Gaze songs:

"The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," Bobby Vee

"Peek-a-Boo," The Cadillacs

 

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