“The Eyes of Texas”


"The eyes of Texas are upon you All the live-long day. The eyes of Texas are upon you, You cannot get away. Do not think you can escape them From night till early in the morn. The eyes of Texas are upon you Till Gabriel blows his horn."


Fuld reports that this text was written by Sinclair in 1903 for use in a minstrel show. The text was inspired by a remark by University of Texas President William L. Prather. - RBW

Same tune

  • The Nose of Oklahoma Smells You (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 248)

Cross references


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 42, "The Eyes of Texas" (1 text)
  2. Fuld-WFM, p. 309, "I've Been Working on the Railroad -- (The Eyes of Texas)"
  3. BI, FSWB042B


Author: Words: John Lang Sinclair
Earliest date: 1918 (University of Texas Community Songbook)
Keywords: parody nonballad