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Taylor Swift channels Switchfoot on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack?

It's a far cry from the lullaby track, "Safe and Sound," but some are wondering if Taylor Swift went into her second song for "The Hunger Games" soundtrack with her "Eyes Open."

In a recent article on, Swift's second single, "Eyes Open," for the film adaptation of "The Hunger Games," is said to "essentially" sound like Switchfoot's tune, "Dare You To Move."

"It's in the melody and the guitars beneath them, plus (naturally) the uplifting stuff," Katherine St Asaph of Popdust writes. She predicts that, "This actually might be representative on Taylor's album."

Between 2004 and 2005, it was hard to go anywhere without hearing "Dare You To Move" on the radio or appearing on television and in movies. The most notable appearances include its presence in the teen flick "A Walk To Remember" and on the popular teen drama, "One Tree Hill." Every once in a while, you can still hear it circulating on various radio stations, especially the Christian rock stations, and it still manages to give you goose bumps every time you listen to it.

"Dare You To Move" - Switchfoot

Although "Eyes Open" sounds similar to "Dare You To Move" in its "melody and the guitars beneath them," Swift's delivery also reminds us of our own Canadian pop-punk princess, Avril Lavigne.

The song sounds like it could have appeared on Lavigne's second album, "Under My Skin," among tracks like "Nobody's Home" and "Slipped Away" due to the similarities in vocal phrasing and diction.

"Nobody's Home" — Avril Lavigne

This could be a great musical direction for Swift to travel in and would push her to crossover into more music markets. Her passion is believable and this song is sure to be a favourite on the upcoming soundtrack that also features Arcade Fire, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert.

After listening to the samples provided in the article, do you hear the resemblances of Swift's "Eyes Open" in relation to Switchfoot's "Dare You To Move" and Lavigne's "Nobody's Home?" Leave a comment below!

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