Taylor Swift Debuts Hunger Games Song Live
With the Hunger Games hitting movie screens in less than a week, fans are keeping their eyes open for every bit of Panem-related intel until the movie's release -- and the same rule applies to the Hunger Games soundtrack. Taylor Swift supplies two tracks to the collection, and for the live debut of one of those tunes -- "Eyes Open," a power ballad sung from the perspective of HG heroine Katniss Everdeen -- cast your peepers to the video posted below.
Swift performed the song Sunday night in Auckland, New Zealand -- a special treat for the pop star's final show of her 13-month Speak Now tour.
The Hunger Games soundtrack doesn't arrive until March 20, though leaks of Swift's "Eyes Open" have been circulating before the weekend. Still, Swift seemed to enjoy teasing 12,000 squealing fans in Auckland with the promise of new music.
"You don't think I'd get in trouble if I played it now?" a seated Swift said to the crowd, before launching into the tune, acoustic guitar buoyed by layer-upon-layer of fluffy fairy skirts.
"The tricky thing is/ Yesterday we were just children / Playing soldier just pretending / Dreaming dreams with happy endings," Swift sings at the song's outset, crowing from the P.O.V. of Katniss Everdeen, a District 12 teenager selected to fight in the Hunger Games.
"It was almost like a vacation to get to write from someone else's perspective," Swift recently told Rolling Stone, talking about writing her contributions to the Hunger Games soundtrack, "Eyes Open" and the previously released single "Safe & Sound."
As "Eyes Open" continues toward the chorus, it seems Swift has composed an internal monologue for Katniss -- a mantra set to Nickelback-esque music, for when things get hairy in the Hunger Games arena. A silver parachute of antibiotics might be more helpful, but we'll take it.
"Keep your eyes open," Swift sings on the chorus, "Everybody's waiting for you to break down / Everybody's watching to see the fallout / Even when you're sleeping, sleeping / Keep your eyes open/ Keep your eyes open."
Watch Swift's Auckland performance of "Eyes Open" below: