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"I See You (Theme from Avatar)"
"I See You (Theme from Avatar)" cover
Song by Leona Lewis

from the album Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture

Released December 3, 2009
Format Digital download, airplay
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Length 4:20 (Album Version)
3:36 (Radio Edit)
3:45 (Video Version)
Label Atlantic, Syco
Writer James Horner, Kuk Harrell, Simon Franglen
Producer James Horner, Simon Franglen
Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture track listing
"I See You (Theme from Avatar)" "Into the Na'vi World"

"I See You (Theme from Avatar)" (also shortened as "I See You") is a pop ballad performed by British singer Leona Lewis. It was written and produced by composer James Horner, Simon Franglen and Kuk Harrell for the soundtrack album to the high-grossing film by James Cameron, Avatar. Horner and Franglen composed the music, and Horner, Franglen, and Harrell wrote the lyrics.[1] It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song at the 67th Golden Globe Awards in 2010,[2] but lost to "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart.



James Horner composed the score for James Cameron's big screen project Avatar and recruited Lewis to perform "I See You (Theme from Avatar)" which is played during the closing credits of the film. The song's producers James Horner and Simon Franglen were responsible for Celine Dion's Grammy-winning single "My Heart Will Go On" from the film Titanic, for which Horner also composed the film's score.[3] Lewis recorded the song after being invited to watch the making of Avatar; afterwards, she declared about the film and recording the song that,

I hope aliens are like the Na'vi. I really like them. They care about the things I'm passionate about - nature, the planet, the environment. This song required a powerful performance so I had to find an emotional connection. I found one to them.[4]

James Cameron intended to release the song as a single, thinking it would match the success of Dion's 1998 song, although Lewis was reluctant, as she had just released her second album, Echo.[5] The Sun reported from a source that, "Leona was delighted to be part of Avatar but the song was never supposed to be released. But her cover of 'Run' wasn't meant to be released either—and look how well that did."[5]

Music structure and lyrics

"I See You" is composed as a mid-tempo ballad, with a metronome marking of 68 beats per minute. The time signature of the music is common time, and it is played in the key of B-flat minor, with a piano for the background music.[6] The song employs a B♭m—A♭—G♭ chord progression. The vocal part ranges from F#3 to F5. The piece begins with a distorted vocal section sung by Lewis, using voice-altering techniques.[6]

Critical reception

The song has been given mixed reviews. Brian Linder from IGN called the song a "solid pop ballad", although was unsure if it "will become as annoyingly ubiquitous" as Dion's "My Heart Will Go On".[7] An unfavorable review came from James Christopher Monger of Allmusic, who claimed that "the torch ballad 'I See You', a forgettable piece of grocery store balladry that (unlike the schmaltzy, but appropriate 'My Heart Will Go On') feels ridiculously out of place, especially in a film about 10 foot tall blue aliens".[8] As part of its review of the movie, The Village Voice criticized the "Celine Dion clone singing in Na'vish" over the end credits.[9]

Music video

The music video was released on December 15, 2009,[10] the same day as the soundtrack's release. It was directed by Jake Nava.[11] The video shows upclose footage of Lewis, combined with scenes from Avatar.


Charts (2010) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[12] 47
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[13] 25


  1. ^ California Chronicle (2010). James Horner receives Oscar nomination for "Avatar" original score, featured on "Avatar: Music From the Motion Picture"; "I See You (Theme From Avatar)," performed by Leona Lewis, at AC Radio Outlets nationwide, while also scoring at VH1; the official companion album to James Cameron's blockbuster epic adventure available now in stores and online. Retrieved 09 February, 2010.
  2. ^ "U2, Paul McCartney earn Golden Globe nominations". The Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  3. ^ "BBC - Newsbeat - Lewis to sing Avatar theme song". BBC News. BBC. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Leona's on another planet". The Sun. News International. 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  5. ^ a b "See You in Charts, Leona?". The Sun. News International. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  6. ^ a b "Leona Lewis - I See You Sheet Music". Music Notes. Alfred Music Publishing. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  7. ^ Linder, Brian (2009-12-15). "Avatar Soundtrack Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  8. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "allmusic ((( Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture > Overview )))". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  9. ^ J. Hoberman, "Avatar's Sticker Shock (and Awe): There are some things that even money can't buy", The Village Voice, 15 December 2009, 1.
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  11. ^ November 22, 2009  (2009-11-22). "Leona Lewis is hoping 'Avatar' song will be a 'Titanic' success | Hero Complex | Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  12. ^ "Leona Lewis - I See You - Music Charts". Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  13. ^ Billboard Leona Lewis Album & Song Chart History Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs for Leona Lewis Billboard

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