Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkel song)
|Single by Art Garfunkel|
|from the album Fate for Breakfast|
|B-side||"When Someone Doesn't Want You"|
|Art Garfunkel chronology|
"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 as such is considered the theme song of the film and the later television series adaptations. The track appears on UK 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.
Written by Mike Batt for Watership Down at the request of director Martin Rosen, the song relates to the transition into death highlighted by the close shave of Hazel, a rabbit character in the film, when he is shot by a farmer, and then, years later, when Hazel (then Hazel-rah) finally departs his body and enters the world of spirit.
The song was immensely successful in the United Kingdom, staying at number one in the British charts for six weeks in 1979, selling over one million copies, becoming the biggest selling single of that year in the UK. It has sold 1.2 million copies. In the United States, it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100. It reached #27 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
|Australian ARIA 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||1|
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (May 2013)|
A live solo electric version by the Manic Street Preachers's James Dean Bradfield, recorded at the Astoria in London in 1994, at the last gig played by the original four-piece, was released as a cassette single B side in 1996 and also appears on Lipstick Traces (A Secret History of Manic Street Preachers), compilation of B-sides, rarities and covers.
The song was later covered by Stephen Gately in 2000 and used as the theme song of the Watership Down animated television series. It was released as a double A-side with his single "New Beginning". While Mike Batt, who wrote the original song, composed an entire new score. This new cover went on to earn the TV show a nomination for a Gemini Award, for best original score.
Czech vocal group 4TET recorded acapella version of this song named "Jeanne D'Arc" with Czech text (about Jeanne D'Arc's death) from Zdeněk Borovec in November 2005.
- BBC News - Was It A Kind Of Bad Dream? - 3 March 2009
- Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- In Dreams
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