The song starts in A minor with synthesizer played by Albhy Galuten blended with Barry's voice (mimicking the synthesizer line). On the verses, Barry sings low and high harmony.
"Living Eyes" was a top ten hit on the Australia Kent Music Report Singles Chart, and in Austria. It peaked at No. 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in late 1981; 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. The video was later premiered on Solid Gold.