Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkel song)

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"Bright Eyes"
Art Garfunkel Bright Eyes.png
Single by Art Garfunkel
from the album Fate for Breakfast and Watership Down
B-side "When Someone Doesn't Want You"
Released 1979
Format Gramophone record
Genre Baroque pop
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Mike Batt
Art Garfunkel singles chronology
"In A Little While (I'll Be On My Way)" / "String Module Error: Match not found"
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"Bright Eyes" / "String Module Error: Match not found"
"Since I Don't Have You" / "String Module Error: Match not found"
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"In A Little While (I'll Be On My Way)"/ "And I Know" (1979) "Bright Eyes"/"When Someone Doesn't Want You" (1979) "Since I Don't Have You"/ "When Someone Doesn't Want You" (1979)

"Bright Eyes" is a song written by Mike Batt and performed by Art Garfunkel. It was used in the soundtrack of the 1978 British animated adventure drama film Watership Down and the later television series of the same name. The track appears on British and European versions of Garfunkel's 1979 Fate for Breakfast and on the US versions of his 1981 album Scissors Cut. It was the biggest selling single of 1979 in the UK.


The song was written by Mike Batt for Watership Down, with director Martin Rosen requesting a song about death.[1] It plays when the rabbit Hazel, the lead character in the film, almost dies after being wounded by a farmer's gun.

The song was very successful in the United Kingdom, staying at number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in 1979,[2] selling over one million copies, becoming the biggest selling single of that year in the UK. It has sold 1.2 million copies.[3] In the United States, it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100. It reached #27 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.


Chart (1979) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 2
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Dutch Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart[2] 1


Other versions[edit]

  • In 1980, five-year-old child performer Matthew Butler performed a version of the song on the ITV children's series Tiswas dressed in a grey furry rabbit costume. Butler, his costume and his rendition of the song (which was released as a single by CBS Records) became a staple part of the programme for the rest of its duration.[6]


  1. ^ Allen, Liam (2009-03-03). "Was it a kind of bad dream?". BBC News. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 366–7. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Sedghi, Ami (2012-11-04). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. 
  4. ^ "Liv och kärlek | Svensk mediedatabas". SMDB. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  5. ^ "SVENSKTOPPEN" (TXT). 1980-01-13. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  6. ^ Lockley, Mike. "Staffordshire man reveals the seedy truth behind living life as the Tiswas Bunny". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life (Cassette Single) at Discogs". 2010. 
  8. ^ "Pandora - Bright Eyes (CD) at Discogs". 21 March 1998. 
  9. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  10. ^ "IMDB, The Basil Brush Show, Series 4 Episode 5, "Basil's Brush With Fame", 2005". 
  11. ^ "Bright Eyes (Adam Young cover)". SoundCloud. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "A Q&A with Owl City". Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ " 2011 interview with Owl City". Retrieved September 25, 2014. Probably the book that is super inspiring is a book called Watership Down by Richard Adams. It's from the late 70s, about talking rabbits, and it's a very grounded-in-reality book. It's not a kids' book, but it has to do with these talking rabbits and their adventure, and there's a lot of metaphors and crazy stuff. And that's always been a very inspiring thing. If ever I'm feeling dry, or going through writer's block or something, I just even leaf through some pages of that book and I'm like "Whoa, I have to go make music!" 

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Preceded by
"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
UK number one single
14 April 1979 - 19 May 1979
Succeeded by
"Sunday Girl" by Blondie