My Sunday Song – “Maybe They’re on to Us” by Needtobreathe

For My Sunday Song #165, we are talking about the song “Maybe They’re On To Us” by Needtobreathe.  The song is off their wildly successful album “The Reckoning” which came out in 2011.  The song was not a single, but still a favorite of mine.  The album did really well and went to #6 on the Billboard charts thanks in part to this song and all the great songs on this album.

The song is about paranoia.  For the band, that paranoia is a wondering if the fans know too much about the them and will figure out who they really are and not like them.  Maybe the will stop listening and it will all just go away.  They were starting to get successful and they had a fear of it disappearing in a flash.  That is an honest fear.

I think people feel that way in everyday life as well.  You walk around in life wondering if people will realize you are just faking it trying to get by day-to-day.  Maybe they will discover you really don’t have your stuff together after-all…but honestly who really does?  I don’t think anyone.  We are all faking it a little each and every day.

Musically, I really love Bear’s vocals.  His delivery of the lyrics, his pacing and everything he sings is so purposely and perfectly placed.  There is a smooth, driving groove that takes you through the song.  Then throw in the backing vocals on the bridge/chorus that help give it that church-like/choir feel.

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What I like about the band is the songs are always a little deeper than just great music and catchy tune.  That is the biggest attraction for me is figuring out what they are saying and then those songs that hit home personally tend to stick with me a little bit more.  And this is one of those songs that connected.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Sunday!

“Maybe They’re On To Us”

I feel their eyes all over me
It’s lookin’ like conspiracy
I’m out of friends that I can trust
Maybe they’re on to us
My heart is filled with suspicion
I’ve got a fearful condition
Its more than just paranoia
Maybe they’re on to us
Maybe they’re on to us

You’re not the only one
To sleep through the firing squad
To scream through the night at God
Wake in a pouring sweat you hear the sound
Can’t even turn around
Hand reaching from the ground
Who’s gonna save us
Who’s gonna save us now

I’m looking up in the rear view
Crowds that I can’t seem to push through
Strangers and operations
Maybe they’re on to us
My hands are shakin’ like a leaf
Can’t even see in front of me
I know its just paranoia
Maybe they’re on to us
Maybe they’re on to us

You’re not the only one
To sleep through the firing squad
To scream through the night at God
Wake in a pouring sweat you hear the sound
Can’t even turn around
Hand reaching from the ground
Who’s gonna save us
Who’s gonna save us now
Who’s gonna save us now

I’m not the only one
The fear is like a flood
It’s movin’ on me now
The screams they catch us
The screams they catch us

The fear is like a flood
It’s movin’ on me now
The screams they catch us
Who’s gonna save us now

You’re not the only one
To sleep through the firing squad
To scream through the night at God
Wake in a pouring sweat you hear the sound
Can’t even turn around
Hand reaching from the ground
Who’s gonna save us
Who’s gonna save us now

Written by Bear and Bo Rinehart

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