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"Behind These Hazel Eyes" is the third single (the second in Europe) from Breakaway, the second album by pop singer, Kelly Clarkson.

Song information

Released in 2005, the song was co-written by Clarkson, Max Martin, and Dr. Luke and was co-produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke.

In this song, Clarkson laments her relationship with a man who has broken her heart and who does not care about how much he hurt her. The lyrics are based on a true story, and are about an ex-boyfriend of Clarkson's (David Hodges formerly of Evanescence) who left her in order to marry his other girlfriend.

In a recent 2008 interview, Clarkson revealed that at one point "Behind These Hazel Eyes" was going to be the working title for her album "Breakaway", (later considering being dropped from the album completely) but quickly changed due to the growing popularity of the single of the same name "Breakaway". Other titles she said were considered were "Walk Away" (later released as a single) and "Hear Me".

Music video

At the beginning of the music video, Clarkson appears in a wedding dress in a room, surrounded by her bridesmaids as they prepare for her wedding. She sits down so her friends can fix her hair and she sees a picture of her fiance with another woman, he is in a tuxedo while the woman is in a wedding dress. When Kelly sees the picture, a storm forms outside and the women are unable to close the windows,the storm blows leaves into the room from the window.Her bridesmaids run out of the room while Kelly stays, allowing her hair and dress to be swept up by the strong winds. She is then seen walking down the aisle of the church, her dress now black, but there is a woman standing at the alter already with Kelly's fiance. Kelly unveils the other bride to be the woman from the picture. Kelly then runs out of the church and into a dark swampland, where she collapses as her ex and the other woman kiss. Throughout the video, she was seen singing with her band in the same dark swampland. They see each other and the Kelly that was singing in the dark swampland then sings to the bride, comforting her. She then appears back at the church, exchanging vows with her fiance. Before he puts the ring on her finger, she looks at the guests and sees the other woman. She sees a tiny smile the two exchange, the woman blows her fiance a kiss,she reaches for the ring, and throws it at him and then she leaves him at the altar, throwing her wedding bouquet into the lap of the other woman in the process. Kelly then shoves her way past the wedding guests who try to stop her from leaving. The video ends with her stepping out the doors into the bright sunlight, although it was raining and gloomy the entire video.

Track listings

Promo CD Maxi single
  1. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" - 3:18
  2. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (Joe Bermudez & Josh Harris mixshow edit) - 3:26
  3. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (live @ Sony Connect) - 3:39

CD Maxi single
  1. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" - 3:18
  2. "Beautiful Disaster" (live) - 4:35
  3. "Hear Me" (AOL live) - 3:54
  4. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (music video) - 3:16

CD single
  1. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" - 3:18
  2. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (live @ Sony Connect) - 3:40


  1. Album version 3:18
  2. Bermudez & Harris Lasik Surgery Mixshow 5:20
  3. Bermudez & Harris Lasik Surgery Mixshow Edit 3:26
  4. Bermudez & Harris Lasik Surgery Mixshow Instrumental 5:20
  5. Bermudez & Harris Lasik Surgery Top 40 Radio Mix 3:10
  6. Bermudez & Harris Lasik Surgery A Cappella 2:58
  7. Bermudez & Harris Lasik Surgery Ulti-Remix 5:20
  8. Al B. Rich Remix (aka Mynt Remix) 3:08

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Statesmarker RCA Records
United Kingdommarker

Chart performance

"Behind These Hazel Eyes" continued Clarkson's streak of domination in Radio airplay. Like "Breakaway" and "Since U Been Gone", the song hit the top ten of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #6 for four consecutive weeks and spending a further six consecutive weeks at #7. When it first reached the top ten, "Since U Been Gone" was still in the top ten. Both songs were also in the top three of the Pop 100 Airplay charts at the same time, making her the only artist to accomplish this. On Top 40 radio, the song soared into the Top 3, and eventually would spend 9 weeks at #2, stuck behind Mariah Carey's hit single "We Belong Together". Like all of the singles from Breakaway, the song also had huge longevity, spending 30 weeks inside the Top 40. Despite being unable to reach #1 on Top 40 Radio, the song did reach #1 on Adult Top 40 radio, making it Clarkson's first #1 on that format. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" remains as Clarkson's only song to reach the top ten in New Zealandmarker to date, peaking at number seven.


Chart (2005) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 6
Canadian Singles Chart 4
Czech Airplay Chart 35
Dutch Singles Chart 7
Indonesian Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 4
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 7
South African Singles Chart 2
Spanish Singles Chart 23
Swedish Singles Chart 21
UK Singles Chart 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 3
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 13
U.S. Dance Radio Airplay 2

Country Certification
United States Platinum



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