Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel

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Bright Eyes was written for the soundtrack of the 1978 animated movie Watership Down. The movie is about a group of rabbits on a mission to escape human and animal predators and to find a safety on a hill called Watership Down. The song Bright Eyes is played during the movie when the main rabbit character, Hazel, almost dies when getting shot by a farmer. The director of the movie, Martin Rosen, asked songwriter Mike Batt to write a song about death. This song charted in the top 100 in 10 countries in 1979.

Lyrics

Is it a kind of a dream 
Floating out on the tide 
Following the river of death downstream 
Oh, is it a dream? 
There’s a fog along the horizon 
A strange glow in the sky 
And nobody seems to know where it goes 
And what does it mean? 
Oh, is it a dream?
Bright eyes, burning like fire 
Bright eyes, how can you close and fail? 
How can the light that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale? 
Bright eyes
Is it a kind of a shadow 
Reaching into the night 
Wandering over the hills unseen 
Or is it a dream? 

 
There’s a high wind in the trees 
A cold sound in the air 
And nobody ever knows when you go 
And where do you start? 
Oh, into the dark
Bright eyes, burning like fire 
Bright eyes, how can you close and fail? 
How can the light that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale? 
Bright eyes
Bright eyes, burning like fire 
Bright eyes, how can you close and fail? 
How can the light that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale? 
Bright eyes
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Songwriters: Mike Batt
Bright Eyes lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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