For lyrics see Eyes Open (lyrics)

"Eyes Open" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from the soundtrack album The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond. The song was written by Swift and produced by T-Bone Burnett. It was released as the third single from the album and was sent to mainstream radio on March 27, 2012.


The song was one of two songs that Swift wrote and recorded for the soundtrack to the film The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond. Swift first premiered the song during a performance in Auckland for her Speak Now World Tour , before launching into the song she told the crowd: "I'm really excited about it…but, I mean, you don't think I'd get in trouble if I played it now? Probably not, right?. The song was leaked before its official release on March 20, 2012.[1]

Billboard magazine states[2]:

The stronger of Swift's soundtrack contributions, "Eyes Open" places the singer in her own version of the Hunger Games, trying to stay alert and keep her sense of self as the whole world watches her. A clever spin on the trappings of fame.

Live Performances

Taylor Swift performed Eyes Open live and acoustic, for the first time on the Speak Now World Tour 2012 at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on 17 March 2012.


  • Eyes Open (Jason Nevins Tempo Radio Mix) 4:03
  • Eyes Open (Jason Nevins Tempo Extended Mix) 6:38

Chart Performance

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 19 with sales of 176,000 in its first week.[3]


Chart (2012) Peak
Australia (Australian Recording Industry Association) 47
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 17
Ireland (Irish Recorded Music Association) 65
New Zealand (Recording Industry Association of New Zealand) 6
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 70
United States (Blllboard Hot 100) 19

Release history

List of radio and release dates with formats and record labels
Country Date Format Label
United States March 27, 2012 Mainstream radio Big Machine Records


Her Official YouTube Video:

Taylor Swift - Eyes Open (Lyric Version)04:08

Taylor Swift - Eyes Open (Lyric Version)

A fan recording of a concert:

Eyes Open (Live Acoustic World Premiere) - Taylor Swift, Auckland, New Zealand March 17, 201204:49

Eyes Open (Live Acoustic World Premiere) - Taylor Swift, Auckland, New Zealand March 17, 2012

Live Acoustic

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