Open Your Eyes (Snow Patrol song)

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"Open Your Eyes"
Single by Snow Patrol
from the album Eyes Open
Released 12 February 2007 (UK)
Format CD, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 5:41 (album version)
3:56 (radio edit)
Label Interscope
Snow Patrol singles chronology
"Set the Fire to the Third Bar"
(2006)
"Open Your Eyes"
(2007)
"Shut Your Eyes"
(2007)
Music sample

"Open Your Eyes" is a song by the alternative rock band Snow Patrol. It has been released as the fifth single in total from the 2006 album Eyes Open.[1] The song was released on 12 February 2007.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video is actual footage from the classic cult film C'était un rendez-vous by director Claude Lelouch. It marked the first time Lelouch granted permission to anyone to use footage from the movie.[2] Q chose it as their Video of the Week on 6 February 2007.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is used as the theme music to BBC One's Football Focus. The song gained more popularity after being featured during the emotional season twelve finale of ER. Sales of the song on iTunes rose as the song was later featured in a third season episode of The 4400, an episode of Grey's Anatomy's third season, the pilot episode of The Black Donnellys, season 4 episode 21 of Brothers and Sisters, and the second season finale of Being Erica.

It was also used in the 2008 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon video entitled "Don't Waste One Minute" and is heard in the trailer for the 2008 MTV film Stop-Loss, released in March and in a promo for season two of Gossip Girl. The song is the soundtrack to the series "best bits" for Celebrity Big Brother 2007 (UK). and was used as theme for the Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and was played at many rallies. The song is used as the background music to the advert for the BBC High Definition service and is heavily used in the BBC series The Real Swiss Family Robinson, where privileged families are sent to desert islands to try and survive for three weeks. The song is also used in mini movies about children living in Africa with Cataracts in their eyes, the movie was made for Comic Relief. It was also featured in the film The Invisible.

In 2013, the song was featured in the ninth and final season of The Office.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD/7"/Digital Download

  1. "Open Your Eyes" – 5:41
  2. "I Am an Astronaut" – 2:42

Australian CD

  1. "Open Your Eyes" – 5:41
  2. "I Am an Astronaut" – 2:42
  3. "You're All I Have" (Live in Hamburg) – 4:42
  4. "Open Your Eyes" (music video)
  5. "Shut Your Eyes" (music video)

CD Promo

  1. "Open Your Eyes" (Radio edit) – 3:56
  2. "Open Your Eyes" (Album version) – 5:41

12" Promo

  1. "Open Your Eyes" (Allende Remix) – 7:29
  2. "Chasing Cars" (Topher Jones & Blake Jarrell Remix) – 7:35

Unofficial releases

  1. "Open Your Eyes" (Marky and Bungle Remix) – 5:43
  2. "Open Your Eyes" (Tiësto Remix) (Private / Unreleased Remix)
  3. "Open Your Eyes" (Redanka Mix) – 8:08
  4. "Open Your Eyes" (Walker Remix) – 6:26

Reception[edit]

Yahoo! Music's Adam Webb had mixed reviews for the single. He rated it five stars out of ten and criticized them for "making the same record over and over again", though he stated "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" an exception. He called the song "a return to the formula of "Run", "Chasing Cars" and so on and so forth." He criticized the song further by saying that it sounded like "five young men caught in the headlights as Gary Lightbody sings about aching bones and cold skin over a clipped guitar riff, before everything explodes in an orgy of significance and strait-laced posturing. By the end, the boys in the band are furiously hammering away, heads down, no nonsense, wham bam thank you mam."[4]

The Irish Times columnist Brian Boyd derided Snow Patrol as "life-support machine music" due to the overuse of their songs on medical dramas such as Grey's Anatomy.[5] Q called the single "genuinely good".[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008)[6] Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[7] 53
Germany Singles Top 100 73
Ireland Singles Top 50 21
UK Singles Chart 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Open Your Eyes". Snow Patrol. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Video of the week - Snow Patrol". Q. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Snow Patrol - 'Open Your Eyes'". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Culture & Entertainment News". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  6. ^ "Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Pandora Archive". Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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