Every fayenatic has heard Faye Wong’s (王菲) “Eyes on Me,” but few are aware that there are actually two versions of the song in Nobuo Uematsu’s award-winning 1999 original soundtrack for Final Fantasy VIII. The one that ‘s best known is from the third of four discs, track 20. The other is from the fourth disc, buried in “Ending Theme,” the second to last track. It doesn’t kick in until nearly the 02:30 mark.
It sounds quite different — either a slower remix or a separately recorded second version. I love “Eyes on Me” and can listen to it endlessly, and this other version is no exception. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. In the audio below, I’ve eliminated the instrumentals before and after the song.
(Note: For the better known version, click on the “Fayve Songs” tab at the top of the page and scroll down to song number 4.)