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Dorothy Dandridge Eyes

This song is by Janelle Monáe, features Esperanza Spalding and appears on the album The Electric Lady (2013).

Original video
Looking out the corner of her eye
As she sits alone and drinks her wine
Every man just wants to pass her by
In hopes that he can catch her eye

That glow that’s in her eye
Gives you visions in your mind
She’s from another space and time
That’s when you’ll know you’re hypnotized
Her intoxicating will not be denied

And when you touch her glove
She then becomes your drug
You fall so deep in love with the girl

It’s too late you’re hypnotized
She’s got Dorothy Dandridge eyes
And you love her, you love her, you love her, you love that girl
It’s too late you’re hypnotized
She’s got Dorothy Dandridge eyes
And you love her, you love that girl

Esperanza Spalding:
Like a rare Picasso or Monet
The kind of beauty studied every day
Every woman wants her grace and style
But no one can replicate her smile

That glow that’s in her eyes
Gives you visions in your mind
She’s from another space and time
That’s when you’ll know you’re hypnotized
And her intoxicating will not be denied

And when you touch her glove
She then becomes your drug
You fall so deep in love with the girl

It’s too late you’re hypnotized
She’s got Dorothy Dandridge eyes
And you love her, you love her, you love her, you love that girl
It’s too late you’re hypnotized
She’s got Dorothy Dandridge eyes
And you love her, you love that girl

scat

It’s too late you’re hypnotized
She’s got Dorothy Dandridge eyes
And you love her, you love that girl

spoken:
In your eyes
we see the tiny white snowcaps of mountains
The purple glow of distant stars
The blue shine of black metal
Red rose petals falling slowly through the sunny air
Orange clouds, pink moons, and the tongue of the sun
Who knew heaven could kiss just like this?

She’s got Dorothy's eyes
She’s got Dorothy's eyes

Music by:

Nate "Rocket" Wonder Wikipedia16

Lyrics by:

Janelle Monáe Robinson Wikipedia16, Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Chuck Lightning Wikipedia16

Arrangement:

Nate "Rocket" Wonder

Produced by:

Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Roman GianArthur Wikipedia16

Co-produced by:

Janelle Monáe, Chuck Lightning

Recorded:

Wondaland Recording Studios in Atlanta, Georgia

Musicians:

  • Roman GianArthur: fender rhodes, piano, moog bass, moog, jazz guitar, drums, percussion
  • Janelle Monáe: lead vocals, background vocals
  • Kellindo Parker: solo guitar
  • Esperanza Spalding: lead vocals, background vocals

Orchestra:

The Wondaland ArchOrchestra

Featured artists:

Esperanza Spalding Wikipedia16

Trivia:

Dorothy Dandridge Eyes was inspired by the Jeep sequence in Carmen Jones Wikipedia16 (1954).