EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Walk Right Back/Ebony Eyes’ – The Everly Brothers

What was the number one song in the UK on 2nd March 1961?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

The Everly Brothers are here again, this time with a double A side and the tracks Walk Right back and Ebony Eyes, which were number one for 3 weeks.

Walk Right Back: Despite, the song being about the heartbreak of someone walking out on them, the tune is actually quite upbeat and jolly. However, it’s not a particularly memorable song.

Ebony Eyes: So, the BBC banned this song as the lyrics were deemed too upsetting. Whilst, a ban was slightly over dramatic, I can see why some might find the song upsetting. The song tells a story about how a man awaits his love to arrive my plane, so they can get married. However, the plane crashes and she perishes in the crash. So, pretty tragic and heartbreaking. The song is, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. I find it quite lazy when half of the song is taken of someone talking, I just want them to get back to the tune already. And the tune, alas, is a tad weak too. Some might call it a tear-jerker, I call it pants. I’m struggling to understand how either of these songs got to number one or maybe I’m just not an Everly Brothers fan.

Lyrics

Walk Right Back:
I want you to tell me why you walked out on me
I’m so lonesome every day
I want you to know that since you walked out on me
Nothing seems to be the same old way
Think about the love that burns within my heart for you
The good times we had before you went away, oh please
Walk right back to me this minute
Bring your love to me, don’t send it
I’m so lonesome every day
I want you to tell me why you walked out on me
I’m so lonesome every day
I want you to know that since you walked out on me
Nothing seems to be the same old way
Think about the love that burns within my heart for you
The good times we had before you went away from me
Walk right back to me this minute
Bring your love to me, don’t send it
I’m so lonesome every day
I’m so lonesome every day
I’m so lonesome every day

Ebony Eyes:

On a weekend pass I wouldn’t have had time
To get home and marry, that baby of mine
So I went to the Chaplain and he authorized
Me to send for my Ebony Eyes
My ebony eyes was coming to me
From out of the skies on Flight 1203
In an hour or two, I would whisper “I do”
To my beautiful Ebony Eyes
The plane was way overdue
So I went inside to the airline’s desk and I said
“Sir, I wonder why 1203 is so late”
He said, “Oh they probably took off late
Or they may have run into some turbulent weather and had to alter the course”
I went back outside and waited at the gate
And I watched the beacon light from the control tower
As it whipped through the dark ebony skies if it were searching for
My Ebony Eyes
And then came the announcement over the loudspeaker
“Would those having relatives or friends on Flight number 1203
Please report to the chapel across the street at once”
Then I felt a burning break deep inside
And I knew the heavenly ebony skies
Had taken my life’s most wonderful prize
My beautiful Ebony Eyes
If I ever get, to heaven I’ll bet
The first angel I’ll recognize
She’ll smile at me and I know she will be
My beautiful Ebony Eyes
(Ooh)

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