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
B-side"When Someone Doesn't Want You"
Released1979 (1979)
Format45 rpm record
GenrePop ballad
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Mike Batt
Producer(s)Mike Batt
Art Garfunkel singles chronology
"In a Little While (I'll Be on My Way)"
(1979)
"Bright Eyes"
(1979)
"Since I Don't Have You"
(1979)

"Bright Eyes" is a song written by Mike Batt and performed by Art Garfunkel. It was written for the soundtrack of the 1979 British animated adventure drama film Watership Down, and was later used in the television series of the same name explicitly as its theme song. 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, remaining at number one for six weeks and selling over a million copies there. Richard Adams, author of the original novel is reported to have hated the song.[1]

Background[edit]

The song was written, produced and arranged by Mike Batt for Watership Down, with original director John Hubley requesting a song about death.[2] It plays when the rabbit Hazel, the lead character in the film, almost dies after being wounded by a farmer's gun and Fiver, his little brother is led to him by the Black Rabbit of Inlé.

The song was very successful in the United Kingdom, staying at number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in 1979,[3] selling over one million copies, becoming the biggest-selling single of the year.[4] In the United States, it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100. It reached #27 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
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
South African Singles Chart 15
Swedish Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart[3] 1

Personnel[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I HATE "Bright Eyes"!". lettersofnote.com. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ Allen, Liam (2009-03-03). "Was it a kind of bad dream?". BBC News.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 366–7. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Sedghi, Ami (2012-11-04). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian.
  5. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Don-Estelle-Time-After-Time/master/589025
  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". Discogs.com. 2010.
  8. ^ "Pandora - Bright Eyes (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 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. ^ {{cite web|url=https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ijV176lGLK8 |title=YouTube |publisher=YouTube |date= |accessdate=2017-12-22}}
  12. ^ "Bright Eyes (Adam Young cover)". SoundCloud. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  13. ^ "A Q&A with Owl City". 4music.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  14. ^ "Jesusfreakhideout.com 2011 interview with Owl City". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. 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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