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"Eyes On Me" from Final Fantasy VIII
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"Eyes on Me" is the theme song of Final Fantasy VIII. Composed by Nobuo Uematsu and performed by Hong Kong pop diva Faye Wong, the song went on to sell a record breaking 400,000 copies. It also won "Song of the Year (Western Music)" at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards in 1999. This was the first time a song from a video game ever won the honor.

DevelopmentEdit

The game developers had originally planned to use a famous vocalist in the ending of Final Fantasy VII, but the plan didn't go through due to being too abrupt, and there was no suitable theme in the story for a vocal song to suddenly come up in the ending.[1] In Final Fantasy VIII, the other hand, the song has a meaning in the plot, and it closely relates to the game's main characters. Uematsu wrote a ballad he thought would suit the theme and asked everyone to bring in CDs with vocalists who would match it.

The team listened to countless CDs in staff meetings, but none seemed to match their expectations, until they listened to Faye Wong. Uematsu didn't know Faye Wong prior to listening to her CD in a Squaresoft staff meeting, but her voice and mood seemed to match his image of the song perfectly. He thought her being Chinese fit the international image of Final Fantasy.[1]

Uematsu didn't participate in the negotiation to ask her to perform the song for Final Fantasy VIII. Faye Wong accepted the offer, but the recording had to take place in Hong Kong due to her schedule.[1] Uematsu organized an orchestra and gave her a copy of the tape before the recording. Her style was to concentrate alone before recording, and sing in a one-shot deal in complete darkness. Uematsu describes Wong's skill as a singer superior and her voice as "truly heavenly".[1]

Game AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

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"Waltz For The Moon"
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The central melody of "Eyes on Me" plays each time Squall and Rinoa share a romantic scene, while an orchestrated version of the song is incorporated on the game's ending theme. Different in-game versions of the theme include "Julia", a piano arrangement that plays in Deling City hotel during a flashback, as well as in the Shumi Village inn, and "Waltz for the Moon", a waltz arrangement that plays during the SeeD inauguration ball.

"Eyes on Me" was included in the Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack album as the twentieth track of the third disc. "Waltz for the Moon" and "Julia" are, respectively, the sixteenth and twentieth tracks of the soundtrack's first disc.

StoryEdit

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"Julia"
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In the Final Fantasy VIII storyline, "Eyes on Me" is written by Julia Heartilly about her love for Laguna Loire. Laguna, a Galbadian soldier, fell in love with Julia, a lounge piano player in a hotel. Laguna would frequent the lounge to watch her play but, being notoriously shy and clumsy, could never convey his feelings to her. She felt the same way, but his nervousness made it difficult for her to let him know.

One night Laguna tried to approach her and although his nerves got the better of him, Julia invited him to her room where the two told each other how they felt. Julia admitted she wanted to sing and that she could write a song about Laguna, despite her previous difficulty in composing lyrics. "Eyes on Me" is that song, and the feelings conveyed in it are her feelings for him. Laguna was called away to a mission and the two would never see each other again.

Eyes on Me

Julia and Laguna.

"Eyes on Me" becomes a theme for the game as their love is echoed in Squall Leonhart and Rinoa Heartilly's romance, significant as Julia is Rinoa's mother and Laguna is Squall's father. Thus their failed romance is fulfilled through their children. "Eyes on Me" plays in the Ragnarok during Squall and Rinoa's journey back to earth. An orchestral version of it plays during the game's ending theme.

The song may have become a classic within the world of Final Fantasy VIII, as a waltz version plays at the SeeD inauguration ball, a different arrangement plays at an impromptu concert at Fishermans Horizon, and the theme plays on the radio as far away as the isolated Shumi Village, all many years after the song was composed.

LyricsEdit

Whenever sang my songs
On the stage, on my own
Whenever said my words
Wishing they would be heard
I saw you smiling at me
Was it real or just my fantasy
You'd always be there in the corner
Of this tiny little bar
My last night here for you
Same old songs, just once more
My last night here with you?
Maybe yes, maybe no
I kind of liked it your way
How you shyly placed your eyes on me
Did you ever know
That I had mine on you?
Darling, so there you are
With that look on your face
As if you're never hurt
As if you're never down
Shall I be the one for you
Who pinches you softly but sure
If frown is shown then
I will know that you are no dreamer
So let me come to you
Close as I wanna be
Close enough for me
To feel your heart beating fast
And stay there as I whisper
How I loved your peaceful eyes on me
Did you ever know
That I had mine on you?
Darling, so share with me
Your love if you have enough
Your tears if you're holding back
Or pain if that's what it is
How can I let you know
I'm more than the dress and the voice?
Just reach me out, then
You will know that you are not dreaming
Darling, so there you are
With that look on your face
As if you're never hurt
As if you're never down
Shall I be the one for you
Who pinches you softly but sure
If frown is shown then
I will know that you are no dreamer

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

An orchestrated "Eyes On Me" is included in "DISSIDIA -ending- from DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY", a medley of the ending themes from Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy X, including the theme of Dissidia Final Fantasy.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

An arrangement of "Julia" by Tsuyoshi Sekito, titled "Julia -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY VIII", is present in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as Laguna's world map theme in his storyline, during the third chapter of Treachery of the Gods. "Julia -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY VIII" was released as the thirty-third track of the game's soundtrack first disc.

The "Eyes on Me" segment of Final Fantasy VIII's ending theme returns for the new "DISSIDIA 012[duodecim]-ending- from DISSIDIA 012[duodecim] FINAL FANTASY", a medley of the ending themes from Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy XIII and including the ending themes of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Dissidia Final Fantasy.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

"Waltz for the Moon" appears as the Event Music Sequence for Final Fantasy VIII. Additionally, the "Ending Theme" is the end song for the series play.

The iOS version features the "Ending Theme" as a Field Music Sequence that can be bought on the app store for $0.99/£0.69.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

"Waltz for the Moon" and "Ending Theme" both reappear in Curtain Call as Field Music Sequences for Final Fantasy VIII.

Arrangement Album appearancesEdit

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

A piano arrangement of "Eyes On Me" by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by Shinko Ogata appears on the Piano Collections release of Final Fantasy VIII as its second track. Many consider it the easiest of the Piano Collections' vocal song arrangements.

Potion 2: Relaxin' with Final FantasyEdit

"Eyes On Me (Acoustic Guitar Version)" is an unreleased arrangement of the theme, released as bonus track for this compilation. It is the fourteenth and final track of the album.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best CollectionEdit

A solo classical guitar arrangement of "Eyes On Me" is included on the Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection album, performed by Yuji Sekiguchi. It is the seventeenth track of the album.

Final Fantasy Song Book "Mahoroba"Edit

"Eyes on Me" is featured in this 2004 album, titled 夏のアルバム -Eyes On Me 日本語Ver. (Natsu no arubamu -Eyes On Me nihongo Ver.?, lit. Summer's Album -Eyes on Me Japanese ver.). Arranged for vocals by Yuji Hasegawa, it was sung in Japanese by Manami Kiyota.

LyricsEdit

Japanese
見つめてた 君の背中
肩越しの 遠い花火
クラスの友達 来ないうちに二人
急いで選んだ バスは海へ
教室の 君はいつも
素っ気無くて 遠い人で
クラスの友達 いないときに二人
目と目あって 気づいた恋
夏のかおり 運んでくる
遠い日々の 君の笑顔
不安だった 未来は優しく
叶ったね 夕暮れの二人の夢
見つめてる 庭の子犬
肩寄せて 小さな花火
人混み苦手で 逃げた町の灯り
君と見れば 優しい色
夏の香り 運んでくる
遠い日々の 君の笑顔
見えなかった 未来は今かな?
話そうよ 星空に二人の夢
夏のかおり 運んでいく
遠い日々の 君の笑顔
不安だった 未来は優しく
微笑んで 繰り返す二人の夏
Romaji
Mitsumeteta kimi no senaka
Katagoshi no tooi hanabi
Kurasu no tomodachi konai uchi ni futari
Isoide eranda basu wa umi e
Kyoushitsu no kimi wa itsumo
Sokkenakute tooi hito de
Kurasu no tomodachi inai toki ni futari
Me to me atte kizuita koi
Natsu no kaori hakondekuru
Tooi hibi no kimi no egao
Fuan datta mirai wa yasashiku
Kanatta ne yuugure no futari no yume
Mitsumeteru niwa no koinu
Katayosete chiisa na hanabi
Hitogomi nigate de nigeta machi no akari
Kimi to mireba yasashii iro
Natsu no kaori hakondekuru
Tooi hibi no kimi no egao
Mienakatta mirai wa ima ka na?
Hanasou yo hoshizora ni futari no yume
Natsu no kaori hakondeiku
Tooi hibi no kimi no egao
Fuan datta mirai wa yasashiku
Hohoende kurikaesu futari no natsu

SQ ChipsEdit

The song appears in the 8-bit arrangement album featuring tracks from several Square Enix games. It is the thirteenth track in the album.

Final Fantasy Orchestra AlbumEdit

"Eyes on Me" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album sung by Crystal Kay. This version was initially performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London as part of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Distant Worlds concert.

Compilation Album appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best CollectionEdit

The Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIII release of "Eyes on Me" is included in this album as its second track.

Potion: Relaxin' with Final FantasyEdit

The Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIII version of "Eyes on Me" is included in this album as its second track.

Appearances outside Final Fantasy MediaEdit

FableEdit

The song is included in the Japanese release of Faye Wong's 2000 album Fable as dance remix track called "Eyes On Me - Almighty Radio Mix".

Eyes On Me (Ailyn version)Edit

In this demo album by Spanish singer Ailyn, "Eyes On Me" is the tenth track. Released in 2005, the album itself is a collection of Ailyn's favorite anime songs.

Kokoro no SenshiEdit

In 2006, the song was included in Angela Aki's second single. "Eyes On Me -featured in FINAL FANTASY VIII-" is the fourth track that ties the single with the series.

LyricsEdit

Whenever sang my songs
On the stage on my own
Whenever said these words
Wishing they would be heard
I saw you smiling at me
Was it real or just my fantasy
You'd always be there in the corner
Of this tiny little bar
My last night here for you
Same old songs, just once more
My last night here with you?
Maybe yes, maybe no
I kind of liked it your way
How you shyly laid your eyes on me
Did you ever know
That I had mine on you?
Darling, so there you are
With that look on your face
As if you're never hurt
As if you're never down
Shall I be the one for you
Who pinches you softly but sure
If a frown is shown then
I will know that you are no dreamer
So let me come to you
Close as I wanna be
Close enough for me
To feel your heart beating fast
And stay there as I whisper
How I loved your peaceful eyes on me
Did you ever know
That I had mine on you
Darling, so share with me
Your love if you have enough
Your tears if you're holding back
Or pain if that's what it is
How can I let you know
I'm more than the dress and the voice?
Just reach for me then
You will know that you are not dreaming
Darling, so there you are
With that look on your face
As if you're never hurt
As if you're never down
Shall I be the one for you
Who pinches you softly but sure
If a frown is shown then
I will know that you are no dreamer

"Eyes On Me" (Korean version)Edit

MayBee did a cover of the song in Korean and was released in August 11, 2008.

Ancient BardsEdit

An Italian metal band named the Ancient Bards has covered "Eyes on Me" opening with the "Final Fantasy" theme. Sara Squadrani sings the song in English.

TriviaEdit

  • In Final Fantasy X-2, one of Yuna's battle quotes in the Songstress dressphere is, "Hey, eyes on me!"
  • This song is not to be confused with the Superfly song "Eyes On Me", which is the theme for the game The 3rd Birthday.
  • There is a main scenario quest in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn entitled "Eyes On Me". Eyes on Me is also an enemy ability used by All-Seeing Eye, the boss in Dzemael Darkhold.
  • Irish singer Mary Byrne recorded a cover version of "Eyes on Me" as her "winner's single" during her time on The X Factor in 2010, and would have released it had she won. However, Byrne was eliminated in the semi final.

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