Listen to Taylor Swift's Second 'Hunger Games' Song, "Eyes Open”

Taylor Swift debuted her new 'Hunger Games' song, "Eyes Open,” on Saturday. Take a listen here!

Listen to Taylor Swift’s Second ‘Hunger Games’ Song, “Eyes Open”

Taylor Swift debuted her new ‘Hunger Games’ song, “Eyes Open,” on Saturday. Take a listen here!

-Lucia Peters

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As you may have noticed, we’re in full Hunger Games mode here at BettyConfidential; we can’t even TELL you how excited we are for the release of the movie this Friday. And lucky us, Taylor Swift has just let loose another one of the songs she’s contributed to the soundtrack! Hoorah!

During a concert she played in Aukland, New Zealand on Saturday, Taylor debuted her second Hunger Games song, a track entitled “Eyes Open.” Here, take a listen! The video’s visuals aren’t of the greatest quality—such is the nature of bootlegged concert recordings—but the audio sounds fine. The song starts about 30 seconds in:

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To be honest? I don’t like this one quite as much as “Safe and Sound.” This probably has something to do with the fact that it sounds a little more typically Taylor than the previous one, on which she collaborated with the Civil Wars; and since I’m not generally a huge Taylor Swift fan, her regular stuff just doesn’t quite do it for me. That said, though, it’s got some nice lyrical content, including an echo of the refrain of which the film’s ad campaign has been making such terrific use: “The world will be watching.” The song successfully walks the line between being specific enough to bring The Hunger Games to mind (“But now we’ve stepped into a cruel world/ Where everybody stands and keeps score”), while still being general enough to work on its own as well. A tricky balancing act to pull off!

Taylor’s tunes still may not quite be my thing, but ah well, you can’t win ‘em all. I’m still looking forward to hearing the rest of the soundtrack, which drops tomorrow and features the Decemberists, the Arcade Fire, and many, many more. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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