Taylor Swift, ‘Eyes Open’ – Song Review
The full version of Taylor Swift‘s second ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack contribution, ‘Eyes Open,’ hit the web today, revealing an accessible melody with a cautionary lyric about realizing the world isn’t always such a perfect place.
The track bridges the gap between Swift’s typical radio-friendly tales about the teenage experience and her most recent release, the mature, haunting ballad ‘Safe & Sound.’ While most of Swift’s pop hits have had at least a hint of country music in them, ‘Eyes Open’ might be the least country-sounding song Swift has ever recorded, as the track instead rides a strong drum beat frequently accented with electric guitars.
The 22-year-old sounds pretty even as she sings about some depressing realities: “Yesterday we were just children / Playing soldiers just pretending / Dreaming dreams with happy endings / In backyards winning battles / With our wooden swords / But now we’ve stepped into a cruel world / Where everybody stands and keeps score.”
Swift appears world-weary and even slightly cynical when she adds, “Everybody’s waiting for you to break down / Everybody’s watching to see the fallout / Even when you’re sleeping, sleeping / Keep your eye-eyes open.” Writing from the viewpoint of the characters in the film seems to have expanded Swift’s lyrical perspective and resulted in a healthy level of artistic growth.
Listen to Taylor Swift, ‘Eyes Open’