Living Eyes (song)

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"Living Eyes"
Single by The Bee Gees
from the album Living Eyes
B-side "I Still Love You"
Released November 1981
Format 7"
Recorded February — June 1981
Genre Soft rock, art rock
Length 4:16
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
The Bee Gees singles chronology
"He's a Liar"
"Living Eyes"
"The Woman in You"

"Living Eyes" is a power ballad recorded by the Bee Gees and was released in November 1981 as the second single and title track off the LP of the same name. It was written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb. The sound of this single was closer musically to the rest of the album than its predecessor, "He's a Liar".


Barry described "Living Eyes" as an uptempo, philosophical ballad". He later said the inspiration of the song, "Basically the message in the song, if there is to be a message, to that, 'God if only everyone felt like this!'. There was a slight paranoia on our part on being afrain to change with the falsettos, you know".[1]

Jeff Porcaro of Toto plays drums on this song.[2]


"Living Eyes" was a top ten hit on the Australia Kent Music Report Singles Chart,[3] and in Austria. It peaked at No. 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in late 1981;[4] which marked the end of the Gibbs' Top 40 singles streak which began in 1975 with "Jive Talkin'".

On its promotional video, Barry, Robin and Maurice perform in front of an audience of children with Barry and Maurice on acoustic guitars while Robin was the only one shown singing. On the verses, Barry sings low and high harmony.



Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50)[6] 37
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 14
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 58
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 45
US Cash Box[9] 40
US Record World[10] 43


  1. ^ Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1981". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  4. ^ a b "Living Eyes – Bee Gees | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Bee Gees – 'Living Eyes'" (in German). Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Bee Gees – 'Living Eyes'" (in Belgian). Belgian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Bee Gees – 'Living Eyes'" (in German). German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Bee Gees – 'Living Eyes'" (in Dutch). Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox Archives. December 12, 1981. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 4". Retrieved 15 February 2015.