On the day "The Hunger Games" gets its world premiere at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, all of its theme songs from the soundtrack album are revealed in a snippet compilation. There's one called "Eyes Open" that is sung by Taylor Swift, and another titled "Kingdom Come" that is performed by her "Safe & Sound" featured guest The Civil Wars.
The "Eyes Open" opens with Taylor crooning, "Everybody's waiting/ Everybody's watching/ Even when you're sleeping/ Keep your eyes open." She continues, "Yesterday we were just children/ Playing soldier just pretending/ Dreaming dreams with happy ending/ In backyards battle with the wooden swords."
The "Eyes Open" still features some rousing drum beat although it has a touch of mellow vibes, but the "Kingdom Come" seems to be a pure ballad with slower melody. "It's our homage to a survival song," Joy Williams told EW. "And also to trying to keep your cool and stay rational in a ridiculous situation."
The other Civil Wars member, John Paul White, went on explaining, "It's a little bit of 'It's going to be okay, it's going to be all right, we're going to make it through this,' even when the situation around you is more dire than you'd care to admit. I think it's how we all cope."
The soundtrack album for "The Hunger Games" will also feature "songs from District 12 and beyond" by Kid Cudi, Miranda Lambert, The Decemberists and Arcade Fire. The CD is going to arrive in the United States on March 20, while "The Hunger Games" itself will be released nationwide three days later.
Snippets of "The Hunger Games" Soundtrack Album:
Longer Snippet of "Eyes Open":