Eyes on You

Album: Lambs & Lions (2017)
Charted: 38

Songfacts®:

  • Penned by Chase Rice with Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano, this song finds the singer recounting a romantic night spent in California with a female. He details several other places they've visited, but despite the attractions of these, he only has eyes for her.

    The song is based on a real experience Rice had, but the location has been changed. "'Eyes On You' was a true story," he told VEVO. "I've had a lot of songs about a girl gets up in my truck and the perfect night, but this one dives a little deeper into that. We [used] California in the song, but it was a night in Hawaii."
  • The song's music video features footage of a three-day trip Rice took with friends, including his girlfriend at the time. The singer shot several scenes himself with a GoPro camera.

    "We wanted to make it real. We wanted to make it me. We didn't want to do some bulls--t and just go along with the storyline of the song," he said. "We let the song speak for itself, plus we've done like 'Three Chords & The Truth,' we did 'Amen.' Both videos are tear-jerkers. That's not really who I am. Let's make it fun for a change.
  • Shooting the song's music video turned out to be a painful experience for Chase Rice. He tore his pectoral muscle filming the snowboarding during the very last run of the last day of shooting.
  • The song originated from a tune that Ashley Gorley started playing on the piano, which immediately attracted Chase Rice's attention. The singer recalled to Billboard that he started scrolling through his notes, then told Gorley and DeStefano: "I've got this idea it's called 'Eyes On You.' It's like you travel the world and see all this cool stuff, but you miss it because your eyes are on her."

    Rice's lyrics that he'd noted down worked perfect for the melody. "It's one of those songs where everything aligned," he said.
  • Chase Rice told The Boot he considers this to be his biggest song as an artist to date. He said everything fell together the day he wrote it with Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefanoIt's. It's "got an unbelievable melody to it," Rice explained, adding that the storyline is something that everybody can identify with.

    "Every guy wants to look at a girl like that," said the singer. "Every girl wants her guy looking at her like that. So I think it just connects to people in terms of what they want in life."
  • Much to Rice's surprise, this has become a popular tune at weddings. He told ABC Radio that when Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance" was big, his then-girlfriend told him that he needed to write a wedding song. Rice responded, "I don't want to write a wedding song! That's not really me."

    "And now," he added, "people are getting married to it, people are singing it live. Either way, just sing it loud, and I'm happy."

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