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"Eyes On Me" from Final Fantasy VIII
Music

"Eyes on Me" is the theme song of Final Fantasy VIII, composed by Nobuo Uematsu with English lyrics by Kako Someya, 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, marking the first time a video game song ever won the honor.

Lyrics[]

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

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy VIII[]

"Waltz For The Moon"
Music

The central melody of "Eyes on Me" plays whenever Squall and Rinoa share a romantic scene. Different in-game versions of the theme include "Julia," a piano arrangement that plays in the 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" plays in the Ragnarok during Squall and Rinoa's journey back to Earth. The game's ending theme includes an orchestrated version of the song.

Event planner Hiroki Chiba made the moment where Squall and Rinoa are inside the Ragnarok when the song plays. Chiba had to adjust it frame by frame so that everything would be in sync with the song.[1]

"Eyes on Me" is included in the Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack album as the 20th track of the third disc. "Waltz for the Moon" and "Julia" are, respectively, the 16th and 20th tracks of the soundtrack's first disc.

Story[]

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"Julia"
Music

Julia Heartilly wrote "Eyes on Me" about her love for Laguna Loire. Laguna, a Galbadian soldier, fell in love with Julia, a hotel lounge pianist. 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 write a song about Laguna, despite her previous difficulty 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.

Julia and Laguna.

Squall Leonhart and Rinoa Heartilly's romance echoes Laguna and Julia's love, significant as Julia is Rinoa's mother and Laguna is Squall's father; thus, their children fulfill their failed romance.

The song may have become a classic within the world of Final Fantasy VIII. 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 Julia composed the song.

Spoilers end here.

Final Fantasy XV[]

The Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy arrangement of "Julia" is available on the Memories of Dissidia 012 FF album purchasable from Old Lestallum for 500 gil.

Dissidia Final Fantasy[]

"Eyes On Me" in "DISSIDIA -ending-"
Music

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 Fantasy[]

"Julia -arrange-"
Music

An arrangement of "Julia" by Tsuyoshi Sekito, titled "Julia -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY VIII," is present 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 33rd track of the game's soundtrack first disc.

The "Eyes on Me" segment of the Final Fantasy VIII 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 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Dissidia Final Fantasy ending motifs.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[]

"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 Call[]

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

Arrangement album appearances[]

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIII[]

"Eyes On Me - Piano Collections"
Music

A piano arrangement of "Eyes On Me" by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by Shinko Ogata appears as the album's second track, and many consider it the easiest of the Piano Collections' vocal song arrangements.

Potion 2: Relaxin' with Final Fantasy[]

"Eyes On Me (Acoustic Guitar Version)" is an unreleased arrangement of the theme, released as a bonus track for this compilation. It is the 14th and final track of the album.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection[]

A solo classical guitar arrangement of "Eyes On Me" is included as the album's 17th track, performed by Yuji Sekiguchi.

Final Fantasy Song Book "Mahoroba"[]

"Eyes On Me - Japanese Version"
Music

"Eyes on Me" appears in Japanese on the 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 and sung by Manami Kiyota.

Lyrics[]

Kanji
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
English translation
I was staring at your back,
Over your shoulder, distant fireworks.
The two of us hurriedly chose a bus
That went to the sea before our classmates arrived.
You're always there in the classroom
You're always so casual and distant
When our classmates weren't around, I noticed the love in your eyes
When you looked at me for the second time
The scent of summer brings me
Your smile from distant days
The future that I was uncertain of is gentle.
It's come true, the dream of the two of us at dusk.
A puppy in the garden is staring at me
Shoulder to shoulder, little fireworks
The lights of the town I fled from because I didn't like the crowds
When I see them with you, the colors are gentle
The scent of summer brings me
Your smile from distant days
Is the future that I couldn't see now?
Let's talk about our dreams in the starry sky
I carry the scent of summer,
Your smile from distant days
The future that I was uncertain of is gentle,
Smiling and repeating our summer.

SQ Chips[]

The song appears as the 13th track on the 8-bit arrangement album featuring tracks from several Square Enix games.

Final Fantasy Orchestra Album[]

"Eyes On Me" by Crystal Kay
Music

"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 in London as part of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Distant Worlds concert.

Compilation album appearances[]

Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best Collection[]

The Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIII album includes a release of "Eyes on Me" as its second track.

Potion: Relaxin' with Final Fantasy[]

The Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIII album includes its version of "Eyes on Me as its second track.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Fable[]

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

Kokoro no Senshi[]

"Eyes On Me -featured in FINAL FANTASY VIII-"
Music

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

Lyrics[]

Whenever I sang my songs
On the stage on my own
Whenever I 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 with 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)[]

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

Ancient Bards[]

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.

A New Story[]

An English cover by Japanese singer Kanon.

Other cover versions[]

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.

Spanish singer Ailyn made a cover version of "Eyes on Me" in a demo album collecting her favorite anime songs before becoming a professional singer.

Behind the scenes[]

Development[]

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The game developers 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 come up in the ending suddenly.[2] In Final Fantasy VIII the song has a meaning in the plot, and it 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 before listening to her CD in a Squaresoft staff meeting, but her voice and mood seemed to match his image of the song. He thought of her being Chinese fit the international image of Final Fantasy.[2]

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.[2] 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 singing skill as superior and her voice as "truly heavenly." [2]

Allusions[]

This song is not to be confused with the Superfly song "Eyes On Me," which is the theme for the game, The 3rd Birthday.

In Final Fantasy X-2, one of Yuna's battle quotes in the Songstress dressphere is, "Hey, eyes on me!"

"Eyes On Me" is a special attack used by the one-eyed Ahriman family of enemies in Final Fantasy XI.

There is a main scenario quest in Final Fantasy XIV titled "Eyes On Me." Eyes on Me is also an enemy ability used by All-Seeing Eye, the boss in Dzemael Darkhold.

A decal called Beaux Arts in Final Fantasy XV bears the description: "A colorful custom decal set with a fine art theme. Sure to catch the eyes of that special someone who never knew you had yours on them." This alludes to the lyrics of "Eyes on Me."

Sheet music[]

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