In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel song)
|"In Your Eyes"|
|Single by Peter Gabriel|
|from the album So|
|Released||September 2, 1986|
|Format||7" single, 12" single, 1989 promo CD single|
|Genre||Progressive rock, pop rock, worldbeat|
|Length||5:29 (7" LP version)
6:15 (12" single mix)
7:14 (12" special mix)
4:58 (7" promo special mix)
|Producer||Peter Gabriel, Bill Laswell and Daniel Lanois|
|Peter Gabriel singles chronology|
"In Your Eyes" is a song by British musician Peter Gabriel from his 1986 album So with Youssou N'Dour singing some choruses translated into his native Wolof. The song was the main-theme of the 1989 teen-film Say Anything... starring John Cusack.
The single was only released in North America and achieved strong radio airplay and MTV rotation. It reached #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1986. It was not released as a single in the UK. However, Gabriel did release two extended versions of the song as a 12" vinyl single in the US. The first (the Single Mix) ran 6:15. The second (the Special Mix) ran 7:14.
The song was the finale of the Secret World Tour and is the final track on the 1994 Secret World Live album, where it is over 11 minutes long and includes the extra lyrics from the Special Mix, in addition to solos by the other singers and players. It was included on the US version of his 2003 compilation Hit, but not on the European or Japanese versions.
Licensed uses 
The song is featured in the 2008 film The Rocker when A.D.D. plays their first gig at a high school prom.
Say Anything... 
The song was used twice in the 1989 US Cameron Crowe film, Say Anything..., as well as in its trailer. An iconic scene from the film occurs when broken-hearted Lloyd Dobler serenades his ex-girlfriend, Diane Court, outside her bedroom window by holding a boombox up above his head and playing the song for her. Repopularized by its usage in the film, the song reentered the US charts but narrowly failed to crack the top 40 in its second run, reaching as high as #41. Peter Gabriel asked to see Crowe's film and Crowe asked the production company to send Gabriel a rough cut. Gabriel approved the use of his song, but told Crowe that he was uneasy about the overdose of the main character at the end; the studio had erroneously sent Gabriel the film Wired instead.
The song's use in that iconic scene has been parodied in popular satirical shows. In the American Dad episode "It's Good to Be Queen", Stan Smith, in an attempt to get Francine to forgive him, forces Gabriel Byrne—whom he mistakenly believes to be Peter Gabriel—to sing "In Your Eyes" while holding the actor above his head. In the South Park episode "Raisins", when Wendy breaks up with Stan, Bebe tells him to hold up a boombox playing Peter Gabriel outside Wendy's window, to try to win her back. Instead of playing "In Your Eyes," he plays Gabriel's decidedly unromantic "Shock the Monkey".
The song was also briefly used during an August 2006 episode of The Daily Show in a Toss segment to The Colbert Report, in which Stephen Colbert holds up a boombox in an attempt to stop Jon Stewart skipping to the next segment.
- Manu Katché – drums, talking drum, percussion
- Jerry Marotta – additional drums
- Larry Klein – bass
- Tony Levin – bass
- David Rhodes – guitars, backing vocals
- Peter Gabriel – lead and backing vocals, CMI, piano, synthesizer
- Richard Tee – piano
- Youssou N'Dour – guest vocals
- Michael Been – backing vocals
- Jim Kerr – backing vocals
- Ronnie Bright – bass vocals
Cover versions 
- Neal Morse recorded an acoustic version of the song, along with Solsbury Hill, for an Inner Circle (fan club) release.
- A pop punk rendition of the song was released by the band SR-71 on their third album Here We Go Again.
- An acoustic cover was performed by Darren Hayes and released on the "I Miss You" single.
- Jeffrey Gaines performed both a studio and acoustic cover.
- Christian singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman covered this song in her third studio album titled Woven & Spun.
- Jill Parr covered it on her self-titled debut album.
- Aaron Lewis of Staind performed a cover of the song with his previous band J-Cat.
- Lori McKenna contributed a cover of the song to the 2005 compilation High School Reunion.
- Marilyn Scott covered this song in the 2005 album Handpicke.
- Paco Estrada often plays In Your Eyes as a tag to his song Breaking Down at live concerts.
- Sara Bareilles covered this song in a live session that is included on the bonus disc to Little Voice and the B-side to the "Bottle It Up" single.
- Heart guitarist and vocalist Nancy Wilson covered this song on her 1999 solo live album Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop.
- Sludge metal band Mouth of the Architect covered the song on their 2010 EP The Violence Beneath.
- Renée Fleming covered this song in the 2010 album Dark Hope.
- Quietdrive released a cover on their 2011 album "Your Record/Our Spin"
- Matthew Morrison covered the song on the Glee season 4 episode "Girls (and Boys) On Film".
Notable performances 
- Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 222. ISBN 0-87586-207-1.
- Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes". RIAA. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
- "Peter Gabriel - Music that has been used in trailers". SoundtrackNet. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- IMDB.com entry for "Say Anything | Trivia Retrieved 6 September 2000.
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: In Your Eyes The Daily Show. Retrieved 24 November 2011
- Soundtrack of my life: Youssou N'Dour The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2011
- SNL Archives | Episode. Retrieved 27 August 2007.