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"Big Eyes" is a song by Lana Del Rey, featured on the soundtrack of the 2014 film Big Eyes. It was co-written with Dan Heath, who also serves as the track's producer. The song was kept a secret until the film was screened for industry insiders in early November 2014. The song was released with the rest of the soundtrack on December 23, 2014.

Background and writing[]

The song was first officially teased on December 1, 2014, on Yahoo! Movies within a one-minute lyric video featuring scenes from the film.

According to one of the film's co-writers and producers Larry Karaszewski, "Tim [Burton] showed [Lana Del Rey] the film and she fell in love with it. Women, in particular, seem to get the movie, and Lana really got the movie. The whole thing is about a woman who can't find her voice [and when the song first plays in the movie] it almost becomes a musical. Lana's song expresses what Margaret is feeling so perfectly, it's like a soliloquy of her inner thoughts."[1]

In an interview with Gold Derby, co-writer and producer Dan Heath spoke of the song and its process.[2] The song's hook came to Del Rey upon seeing the film for the first time. He recorded her voice in a voice memo, then built instrumentation underneath what she had sung. Heath described their intent to give the song a "cinematic and lush feel", then described their process in making the song as "magical, not too heavy but not too light, and quite moving". When talking in-depth about the song's portrayal of Margaret Keane's feelings in the film, he stated the song was "a nice mix between somber, sad and introspectiveness, into a big sort of triumphant, half-angry chorus." Heath recalled that they went through a few different versions of the song before presenting it to Tim Burton, who loved the track, though this suggests that other unleaked version may exist.

After "Big Eyes" was deemed "too downbeat" to end the Tim Burton film,[3] Del Rey submitted an updated version of "I Can Fly" for the film's end credits. "Big Eyes" was subsequently restructured over two dialogue-free scenes in the midst of the film.

A demo containing additional vocals and minor production differences leaked on January 24, 2021. It was recorded in August 2014.[S 1]

In Big Eyes[]

The Hollywood Reporter described the song's use in the film by saying, "The number begins as an instrumental when [Amy] Adams spots her paintings being sold in a supermarket, then turns to a vocal piece with a big, pronounced beat as the character returns home determined to develop a new style of painting; it slips back out of the vocals as Christoph Waltz's character returns and confronts his artistically straying spouse."[4] Larry Karaszewski called the track "a centerpiece number" in the film.

Critical reception[]

Billboard's Chris Payne wrote that Del Rey's "vocal theatrics and some harrowingly haunting string-laden production draw us in".[5] Esther Zuckerman of Entertainment Weekly said the title track "delivers on its Del Rey-ian promise with a dramatic, retro flair".[6][dead link]

Accolades[]

Though the song was shortlisted for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards,[7] it did not end up earning a nomination. "Big Eyes" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and for Best Song at the 20th Critics' Choice Awards.

Cross-references[]

Official versions[]

  • Album version — 4:43
  • Demo version — 4:41

Lyrics[]

Album version[]

With your big eyes
And your big lies
With your big eyes
And your big lies

I saw you creepin' 'round the garden
What are you hiding?
I beg your pardon
Don't tell me nothin'

I used to think that I could trust you
I was your woman
You were my knight and
Shining companion

To my surprise
My love's demise
Was his own greed
And lullabies

With your big eyes
And your big lies
With your big eyes
And your big lies

I noticed you got hot in summer
You had no comfort
Your shirt was cotton
Your face was sunburned

You paced around like you'd been waiting
Waiting for something
Your world was burning
And I stood watching

As I looked down
The flames grew high
You watched me frown
I said goodbye

With your big eyes
And your big lies
With your big eyes
And your big lies

Is it me, was I wrong to have trusted you?
Did I see what I wanted, what wasn't true?
Was I wrong to go on like a little fool?
It's amazing what women in love will do

With your big eyes
And your big lies
With your big eyes
And your big lies

Demo version[]

With your big eyes
And your big lies (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
With your big eyes (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
And your big lies

I saw you creepin' 'round the garden
What are you hiding?
I beg your pardon
Don't tell me nothin'

I used to think that I could trust you
I was your woman
You were my knight and
Shining companion

To my surprise
My love's demise
Was his own greed
And lullabies

With your big eyes (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
And your big lies (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
With your big eyes (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
And your big lies

I noticed you got hot in summer
You had no comfort
Your shirt was cotton
Your face was sun burnt

You paced around like you'd been waiting
Waiting for something
Your world was burning
And I stood watching

As I looked down
The flames grew high
You watched me frown
I said goodbye

With your big eyes (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
And your big lies (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
With your big eyes (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
And your big lies (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

Is it me, was I wrong to have trusted you?
Did I see what I wanted, what wasn't true?
Was I wrong to go on like a little fool?
It's amazing what women in love will do

With your big eyes (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
And your big lies (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
With your big eyes (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
And your big lies (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

Promotional release[]

Big Eyes 'For Your Consideration' CD by The Weinstein Company; U.S.[]

Media[]

Credits[]

Personnel[a]

  • Lana Del Rey — songwriting, vocals
  • Dan Heath — songwriting, production
  • Robert Orton — mixing
  • Hungarian Studio Orchestra — orchestra
  • Balazs Bujtor — concertmaster
  • Peter Illenyi — conductor
  • Sandor M. Jozsa — orchestra contractor
  • Gergely Kiss — manager
  • Tamas Kurina — engineering
  • Reuben Cohen — mastering

References[]

  1. Zuckerman, Esther (November 18, 2014). "Listen to Lana Del Rey's title song for 'Big Eyes'". Entertainment Weekly. https://ew.com/article/2014/11/18/lana-del-rey-big-eyes/. Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  2. Laws, Zach (January 7, 2015). "Dan Heath on working with Lana Del Rey for 'Big Eyes' title song [Exclusive Video"]. Gold Derby. https://www.goldderby.com/article/2015/dan-heath-interview-big-eyes-lana-del-rey-tim-burton-entertainment-13579086-story/. Retrieved May 16, 2024.
  3. Rich, Katey (December 3, 2014). "What It Sounds Like When Lana del Rey Teams Up with Tim Burton". Vanity Fair. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2014/12/lana-del-rey-big-eyes. Retrieved May 16, 2024.
  4. Willman, Chris (November 18, 2014). "'Big Eyes': The Story Behind Lana Del Rey's Stunning Secret Songs". The Hollywood Reporter. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/big-eyes-lana-del-rey-749904. Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  5. Payne, Chris (December 3, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Shares 'Big Eyes' & 'I Can Fly' From New Tim Burton Film". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6334898/lana-del-rey-tim-burton-big-eyes-soundtrack-i-can-fly. Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  6. Zuckerman, Esther (December 1, 2014). "Listen to Lana Del Rey's title song for 'Big Eyes'". Billboard. http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/12/01/lana-del-rey-big-eyes-2/.
  7. "79 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2014 OSCAR". oscars.org. December 12, 2014. https://www.oscars.org/news/79-original-songs-vie-2014-oscar. Retrieved May 28, 2024.
  8. "Credits / Big Eyes: Music From The Original Motion Picture / Various Artists". Tidal. https://listen.tidal.com/album/38646389/credits. Retrieved May 29, 2024.

Notes[]

  1. This is speculation and should not be relied upon. It has not been confirmed by any official sources, but has been reported by Unknown, who is considered a reliable insider by the community.
  1. Adapted from Tidal.[8]
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