Taylor Swift’s second song off “The Hunger Games” soundtrack has leaked and gone viral on the Internet. Called “Eyes Open,” it’s a driving rock-influenced pop song with full instrumentation.
Swift released “Safe & Sound,” the first official song off the soundtrack in December. It’s a country-inflected ballad with accompaniment by country band The Civil Wars.
She followed up on Valentine’s Day in February with the release of a video based on the song. In the video, Swift walks through woods and meadows while the haunting single plays.
The Hunger Games’ Track List
1. Taylor Swift: (Civil Wars), ‘Safe & Sound”
2. Taylor Swift: “Eyes Wide Open”
3. Arcade Fire: “Abraham’s Daughter”
4. Kid Cudi: “The Ruler & The Killer”
5. Miranda Lambert: (Feat. Pistol Annies), “Run Daddy Run”
6. The Civil Wars: “Kingdom Come”
7. The Decemberists: “One Engine”
8. Glen Hansard: “Take the Heartland”
9. The Low Anthem: “Lover Is Childlike”
10. Punch Brothers: “Dark Days”
11. Secret Sisters: “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
12. Birdy: “Just a Game”
13. Ella Mae Bowen: “Oh Come & Sing”
14. Jayme Dee: “Rules”
15. Carolina Chocolate Drops: “Reaping Day”
16. Neko Case: “Give Me Something I’ll Remember”
The movie, based on a series of novels by Suzanne Collins, is about a life and death struggle staged like a game show. It unfolds in a strange post-apocalyptic land that was once the United States.
The Civil Wars, composed of singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White, released their debut album, Barton Hollow, last year. The duo won 2012 Grammy Awards for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album.
A third song from the soundtrack, Kid Cudi’s “The Ruler & The Killer” also went viral today. A driving drum beat opens the song, while Cudi chants and moans creating an equally haunting effect. After all, the movie is pretty fatalistic.
Kid Cudi reps for hip-hop on the soundtrack. Indie rockers Arcade Fire and country star Miranda Lambert also contribute tunes. Neko Case, Grammy-nominated The Decemberists, and Academy Award winner Glen Hansard of the Swell Season also contribute.
Check out the songs below: