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Lyle Lovett — Fiona
Album: The Road To Ensenada
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Total ratings: 277









Released: 1996
Length: 4:03
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Way down yonder on the bayou
There lives a little girl-o
Skin so pale
Six feet high
Skinny as a rail
Just one eye

She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona

Her daddy gone to heaven
Her mama won't like you
Her brother he's crazy
He just might bite you
Her sister she's pretty
But she just won't do

She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona

Oh you can say she gonna love you
Because you made a little voodoo
Oh but what they didn't tell you
Is it ain't up to you dude

You better not cross her
You try to boss her
Then you better duck Mister
Here come a cup and saucer

She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona

So if you're going to the bayou
Man I'll tell you all I know
She's got skin so pale
She's six feet high
And she'll look right through you
With just one eye

She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
She's the one-eyed Fiona
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 BW_Photographer wrote:
I was able to see Lyle and his large band in Santa Fe at Paolo Solari about three weeks ago. It was the last show at the the paolo they are closing it. What a way to go out. Lyle was the preformer that had played there more than any other act over the 30 something years that the stage was open. Lyle and the band were awesome....

 
I was there too!  It was an amazing show.   Went in only knowing a few songs, left a fan.  
 bhallmark wrote:
Oh my god.  Really?
 
Yeah, ain't it great?


If I were going to fiona some one...
Classic Lyle!
hmmm, not sure about the lyrics - but what an amazing voice.
Oh my god.  Really?
Okay, I give....just what  is a one-eyed Fiona??   Oh wait, wait..... is that like a henway or something?  Pretty lame song, by the way.


I was able to see Lyle and his large band in Santa Fe at Paolo Solari about three weeks ago. It was the last show at the the paolo they are closing it. What a way to go out. Lyle was the preformer that had played there more than any other act over the 30 something years that the stage was open. Lyle and the band were awesome....

 crockydile wrote:
I've always thought that this guy was a poser. Ya, know? Like that country-fried voice is a little forced. I offer as a contrast, Tom Waits, who I listen to and think "this guy is for real!" When I listen to Lyle, I think, "This guy is selling me something..."

 
Lyle is not a poser. He went to Texas A&M, for starters. His roommate was Robert Earl Keen. And when you see him perform, well, that clinches it.

 toddbruner wrote:
An incredible performer.  Saw him (and his large band) in Santa Fe at Paulo Solari a few years back.  Wasn't a fan before the show, but I left as one.  Despite having a low keyed stage persona, he exuded tons of charisma and his musicianship (and that of his band) where phenomenal.  
 
  He makes venue's what they are...for instance Red Rocks is just an amazing place on it's own but he brings energy that even that place can't conjure up without him.


mostly unappealing tonal effect
Another addition to the Amazon wish list
An incredible performer.  Saw him (and his large band) in Santa Fe at Paulo Solari a few years back.  Wasn't a fan before the show, but I left as one.  Despite having a low keyed stage persona, he exuded tons of charisma and his musicianship (and that of his band) where phenomenal.  
 
Always loved this cover design. Would love to have heard the pitch: "Yes, Mr. Lovett - can I call you Lyle? No? Ok - we want to trim the photo right above the pupil. No, not above the eyes, right on top of the pupil. It'll emphasize your mouth."
 martinc wrote:

Go see him live, he is no poser. He is what is, a guy from Texas, with a sense of humour, creative arrangements and a good band.
 
Love love love to see him live! {#Cowboy}

this is good....  may not be his best but certainly worth a listen on occassion
I also wholeheartedly give this song a resounding {#Puke}
Powerful voice, but this song is just  {#Puke}.  Please cater to my specific tastes and don't play this song again! {#Wink}
Out of all the wonderful songs in Lyle's catalog, this is the one you choose to play.  Why on earth?
me too...
I like him better than Julia.
 lmic wrote:

Well, Fiona is Julia Roberts's middle name. The song is from 1996, and they were divorced in 1995. The bitter lyrics are pretty specific, referring to a crazy brother (Eric?), a dead father, cold mother, and pretty sister. So all the People magazine elements add up, LOL.

As for the one-eyed bit, maybe it means she doesn't have depth of vision? Like, she's shallow or something? I agree, whatever the heck it's a metaphor for, it's obscure.

 

I've heard tell that the 'One-Eye' ref is because Julia wore a lot of wide brim hats and would have them dipped down to obscure her face from picture takers, etc. My 2 c.
I think she appears that way in OCEAN's 13, where she portrays someone named Julia...{#Wink}
So what was this called again?
Which was her good eye?
 crockydile wrote:
I've always thought that this guy was a poser. Ya, know? Like that country-fried voice is a little forced. I offer as a contrast, Tom Waits, who I listen to and think "this guy is for real!" When I listen to Lyle, I think, "This guy is selling me something..."
 
Go see him live, he is no poser. He is what is, a guy from Texas, with a sense of humour, creative arrangements and a good band.
 handyrae wrote:
Could someone explain this song? At first I thought I was mis-hearing the lyrics, and that he couldn't possibly be singing "one-eyed Fiona." But then I read the lyrics and sure enought that is what he's singing. And then other RP listeners have said he wrote this song for Julia Roberts. Huh? I don't get it. Can somone shed some light on the song for me?
 
Well, Fiona is Julia Roberts's middle name. The song is from 1996, and they were divorced in 1995. The bitter lyrics are pretty specific, referring to a crazy brother (Eric?), a dead father, cold mother, and pretty sister. So all the People magazine elements add up, LOL.

As for the one-eyed bit, maybe it means she doesn't have depth of vision? Like, she's shallow or something? I agree, whatever the heck it's a metaphor for, it's obscure.

LL is t khats meow! In concert in concert . This particular gets only 6. But t rest of his rap tunes are t best!
I've always thought that this guy was a poser. Ya, know? Like that country-fried voice is a little forced. I offer as a contrast, Tom Waits, who I listen to and think "this guy is for real!" When I listen to Lyle, I think, "This guy is selling me something..."

hmm.. this sucks.

i'd have to be in a pretty good mood to sing along with it..


blacklite wrote:

she's the one-eyed fiona
she's the one-eyed fiona
she's the one-eyed fiona
she's the one-eyed fiona
she's the one-eyed fiona
she's the one-eyed fiona
she's the one-eyed fiona
she's the one-eyed fiona
she's the one-eyed fiona Okay, we get it. Move on.

 
tiggers wrote:
Yeah that's country music for you.
 
And rock music is never repetitive. {#Rolleyes}
 jim1964 wrote:

I hate to quibble but I'm sure that you meant to say Step Inside this House, which as everyone knows is his best album.
 
Naw, I disagree. Pontiac was the best album. But Step Inside This House was the best show.

Allison Krauss singing backup for Lyle and them at Houston, when he sang the entire thing, cover to cover. I'll never forget it. {#Clap}

Could someone explain this song? At first I thought I was mis-hearing the lyrics, and that he couldn't possibly be singing "one-eyed Fiona." But then I read the lyrics and sure enought that is what he's singing. And then other RP listeners have said he wrote this song for Julia Roberts. Huh? I don't get it. Can somone shed some light on the song for me?
 holborne wrote:
Huh, why such a low rating for this one?
  
This gets low marks from me because he repeats the same line over and over and over and over....well, you get the point. I am not a fan of any song that is repetitive like this. The music itself was kind of catchy, but the over-use of the same line just ruined it for me.

Is "One Eyed Fiona" slang for something else?
 Ando wrote:

Typo: You meant to write Pontiac ... Lyle's best album.

 No worries, we're here to help.
 
I hate to quibble but I'm sure that you meant to say Step Inside this House, which as everyone knows is his best album.
 SchoepTone wrote:
The Road to Ensenada . . . Lyle's best album.

 
Typo: You meant to write Pontiac ... Lyle's best album.

 No worries, we're here to help.

Huh, why such a low rating for this one?
The Road to Ensenada . . . Lyle's best album.

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Does everyone know this song's about Julia?
 

..and so is the bonus track on this CD—-and that one is REALLY good.
At first I thought he was singing "She's the only happy owner"
musikalia wrote:
meh This is so bland and boring. I'd expect to hear this in a supermarket in the midwest in the middle of nowhere. Yuk.
Typical biased drivel from the coast.....god I wish I could be like you. Lets drive to Cambria for latte shall we.
I always liked Julia Roberts..what a fitting tribute
musikalia wrote:
meh This is so bland and boring. I'd expect to hear this in a supermarket in the midwest in the middle of nowhere. Yuk.
I want to like Lyle's music. I think he's an interesting guy. You're right, he's boring.
ruralfree wrote:
Probably the funniest guy in music as well. Love his shows.
me too!
meh This is so bland and boring. I'd expect to hear this in a supermarket in the midwest in the middle of nowhere. Yuk.
Mr. Lyle hasn't done a bad one yet. IMHO 9.
birdland wrote:
A brilliant artist. One of the most tasty and witty lyricists on the planet.
Yes. With Lyle's tasty and brilliant help, I nearly had it figured out that she was the one eyed fiona. D'oh.
I'm fixin' to revoke yer spurs for that one, cowboy ziggytrix wrote:
meh, he's ok.
blacklite wrote:
she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona Okay, we get it. Move on.
Yeah that's country music for you.
A brilliant artist. One of the most tasty and witty lyricists on the planet.
I have this uncontrollable urge to go out on my porch and kick the dog, unfortunately I don't have a dog, dead air would beat out this song, Julia what were you thinking???
she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona she's the one-eyed fiona Okay, we get it. Move on.
Sorry, I just don't get Lyle...
one-eyed Fiona?
RobRyan wrote:
He's terrific. I have excellent (and beaucoups expensive) seats to see him at the Greek Theater in July. It'll be the third time I've seen him, his shows have been wonderful.
Probably the funniest guy in music as well. Love his shows.
Does everyone know this song's about Julia?
He's terrific. I have excellent (and beaucoups expensive) seats to see him at the Greek Theater in July. It'll be the third time I've seen him, his shows have been wonderful.
I must be a sociopath or something- I don't get his appeal.
Dearly love Lyle, and have bought all of his cd's at full retail. This, however, is a song I normally skip. skipping it again
JennyAnyDots wrote:
I just want to join the 'We Love Lyle Club' too. His lyrics have always seemed so honest and so poignant. There's always time in my day for his songs.
"And sail upon my pony on my boat..."
I just want to join the 'We Love Lyle Club' too. His lyrics have always seemed so honest and so poignant. There's always time in my day for his songs.
Lyle's muy funny. He could do stand up.
meh, he's ok.
KevDog wrote:
Lyle is one of those guys that 25 years from now will be a legend, and we will all wonder why we didn't appreciate him enough when he was in his prime.
He's already a legend. A real musical artist who writes some of the meanest lyrics around.
KevDog wrote:
Lyle is one of those guys that 25 years from now will be a legend, and we will all wonder why we didn't appreciate him enough when he was in his prime.
Except that I so do! Julia was a fool...
Thought this guy was a flaky movie star whose only claim to fame was marrying Julia Roberts. Then I moved to Texas and discovered his music. One of my favorites.
love it. :roll:
YES! :D