Eyes Wide Open (Gotye song)

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"Eyes Wide Open"
Single by Gotye
from the album Making Mirrors
B-side "Atimot ot Edo",
"Smoke and Mirrors"
Released 5 November 2010
Format Digital download, 10" vinyl
Recorded 2010
Genre Worldbeat, alternative rock
Length 3:07
Label Eleven: A Music Company
Songwriter(s) Wally De Backer
Producer(s) Wally De Backer
Gotye singles chronology
"Hearts a Mess"
"Eyes Wide Open"
"Somebody That I Used to Know"

"Hearts a Mess"
"Eyes Wide Open"
"Somebody That I Used to Know"

"Eyes Wide Open" is a song by the Belgian-born Australian musician Gotye from his third studio album Making Mirrors. It was released as a digital download on 5 November 2010 in Australia and 4 June 2012 in the United States and United Kingdom. The song was written and produced by Gotye. It peaked at No. 55 on the Australian Singles Chart and was voted in at No. 25 in the 2010 Triple J Hottest 100.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Eyes Wide Open" was first released onto YouTube on 25 October 2010 at a total length of three minutes and eighteen seconds. It features stop-motion animation of creatures riding on spider-legged boats over several barren terrains, searching for water. Perhaps due to the lack of water, their faces crumble. Underneath, we see Gotye's face as he sings the song but the face gets hidden away due to the use of water. The singer's face is also shown when the creatures project it in holograms through their eyes.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Eyes Wide Open" – 3:07
10" vinyl
  1. "Atimot ot Edo"
  2. "Eyes Wide Open"
  3. "Smoke and Mirrors"
  4. "Eyes Wide Open" (PVT Remix)


  • Wally De Backer – lead & backing vocals, drums, Winton Musical Fence, piano, sampled sounds
  • Gareth Skinner – cellos
  • Lucas Taranto – bass guitar
  • Michael Hubbard – pedal steel guitar

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010–12) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 55
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 33
UK Official Streaming Chart Top 100[3] 78
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 96
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 28
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[4] 22
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[4] 35

Radio and release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Australia 5 November 2010[6] Eleven: A Music Company Digital download
Germany 4 May 2012 Universal Music CD single
United Kingdom 4 June 2012[7] Island Records Digital download (re-release)


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