Eyes Open
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Everybody's waiting
Everybody's watching
Even when you're sleeping
Keep your ey-eyes open

The tricky thing
Is yesterday we were just children
Playing soldiers just pretending
Dreaming dreams with happy endings
In backyards, winning battles with our wooden swords
But now we've stepped into a cruel world
Where everybody stands and keeps score

Keep your eyes open

Everybody's waiting for you to breakdown
Everybody's watching to see the fallout
Even when you're sleeping, sleeping
Keep your ey-eyes open
Keep your ey-eyes open
Keep your ey-eyes open

So here you are, two steps ahead and staying on guard
Every lesson forms a new scar
They never thought you'd make it this far
But turn around (turn around), oh they've surrounded you
It's a showdown (showdown) and nobody comes to save you now
But you've got something they don't
Yeah you've got something they don't
You've just gotta keep your eyes open

Everybody's waiting for you to breakdown
Everybody's watching to see the fallout
Even when you're sleeping, sleeping
Keep your ey-eyes open
Keep your ey-eyes open
Keep your ey-eyes

Keep your feet ready
Heartbeat steady
Keep your eyes open
Keep your aim locked
The night goes dark
Keep your eyes open (keep your eyes open)

(Keep your ey-eyes open)
(Keep your ey-eyes open)
(Keep your ey-eyes open)

Everybody's waiting for you to breakdown
Everybody's watching to see the fallout
Even when you're sleeping, sleeping

Keep your ey-eyes open
Keep your ey-eyes open
Keep your ey-eyes open




Keep your ey-eyes open
Keep your ey-eyes open

Overall Meaning

In “Eyes Open,” Taylor Swift uses the metaphor of a war metaphor for life in the public eye. She sings about how people are waiting for her to fall, for her to break down, for her to slip up. Swift sings that the world is a cruel place where everyone is watching and keeping score. The second verse focuses on how when she was younger, she and her friends used to play pretend battles in the backyard with wooden swords and dream of happy endings. Swift now finds herself in a real-life battle where the stakes are so much higher. Yet, she encourages her listeners to keep fighting and to never let their guard down.


The message in “Eyes Open” is one of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. Swift urges her fans to stay vigilant and to not let their guard down. She uses the metaphor of war and playing pretend to illustrate how life can be cruel, but ultimately, we have the ability to persevere and overcome. The chorus of the song repeats the phrase “keep your eyes open,” reminding the listener to stay alert and vigilant at all times.


Line by Line Meaning

Everybody's waiting
Everyone is eagerly anticipating


Everybody's watching
Everyone is observing attentively


Even when you're sleeping
Even when you are not conscious


Keep your ey-eyes open
Stay alert and watchful


The tricky thing
The difficult situation


Is yesterday we were just children
We were young with no worries or responsibilities


Playing soldiers just pretending
Engaged in imaginative play


Dreaming dreams with happy endings
Imagining successful outcomes


In backyards, winning battles with our wooden swords
Playing with toy weapons and pretending to be victorious


But now we've stepped into a cruel world
But now we are experiencing the harsh reality of life


Where everybody stands and keeps score
Where everyone is judging and comparing


So here you are, two steps ahead and staying on guard
You are ahead of the game and remain vigilant


Every lesson forms a new scar
Every experience leaves a mark


They never thought you'd make it this far
They did not believe you would come so far


But turn around (turn around), oh they've surrounded you
But now you are surrounded


It's a showdown (showdown) and nobody comes to save you now
It is a confrontation, and no one will rescue you


But you've got something they don't
But you possess qualities they lack


Yeah, you've got something they don't
Yes, you have something superior to them


You've just gotta keep your eyes open
You need to remain attentive and vigilant


Keep your feet ready
Be prepared to move quickly


Heartbeat steady
Remain calm and composed


Keep your aim locked
Stay focused on your goal


The night goes dark
The situation becomes uncertain and perilous


Keep your eyes open (keep your eyes open)
Stay alert and attentive


(Keep your ey-eyes open)
Remain watchful


(Keep your ey-eyes open)
Stay vigilant


(Keep your ey-eyes open)
Stay alert


Everybody's waiting for you to breakdown
Everyone is eager for you to fail and fall apart


Everybody's watching to see the fallout
Everyone is observing to witness the consequences


Even when you're sleeping, sleeping
Even when you are inattentive


Keep your ey-eyes open
Stay alert and watchful


Keep your ey-eyes open
Stay vigilant and attentive


Keep your ey-eyes open
Remain watchful and prepared


Keep your ey-eyes open
Remain alert and responsive


Keep your ey-eyes open
Stay attentive and focused




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Taylor Swift

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