My Sunday Song – “Don’t Wait for Daylight” by Needtobreathe

For My Sunday Song #169, we are going to talk about the very first Needtobreathe song I ever heard.  The opening track to the album ‘Daylight’ called “Don’t Wait for Daylight”.  The song that started it all for me.  The one that said…these guys are special…they have a sound I like…their songs are interesting…I can get it in to this…and I did.  13 years later they are now one of my all-time favorite bands.

This song is really interesting as a band that was supposed to be a “Christian” band (which they are not) tackled a very delicate subject.  Well, actually two delicate subjects…Suicide and Affairs.  The song is about a woman who was having an affair with man and while she was going to his house to end it, she wound up stealing his coat so she could have a piece of him to remember and never said a word.  Inside the coat pocket was a note. Not just any note.  A suicide note that he wrote for his wife.  Now here is where it gets interesting.  Does she tell someone and save him?  If she does, it will then be known she has cheated on her husband. Quite a predicament.  The song is telling her not to wait.  She has to let people know.  She has to come clean and save this man’s life even if it mean destroying her world.  Wow!

Musically, it is a great rocker, upbeat tempo and a standout opening track to an album. The guitar work is fantastic with a nice opening riff and pulsating beat accompanying Bo’s guitar.  The song has punch and has an intensity that matches the lyrics.  There is a sense of urgency in the music the same as the urgency in the need for the woman to let someone know about the note as she struggles with her decision. Bear’s vocals show range and has a maturity that most singers don’t have on their first album.  It has a little raspiness to it that gives it the grit that makes for a great rock singer.

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Give the song a listen and let me know what you think.  As I said, this is the song that started it all for me so it holds a special place for me.  I hope you enjoy it and have a wonder and Happy Sunday!

“Don’t Wait For Daylight”

Is this all that you could do wait for them to come to you
Tell yourself that it’s right
Where were you the night before
Someone saw you at his door
Searching eyes are on fire
For the answers you hide
Would you let them find the lightDon’t wait for daylight
Don’t run from tonight
Just open your eyes
The stars fade with the light

What if they don’t believe
You just went there to leave
Could not know that he would try
To get back at you that night just for saying goodbye
You left wearing his coat
Then found his final note
That he meant for his bride

Don’t wait for daylight
Don’t run from tonight
Just open your eyes
The stars fade with the light

Sing out, sing out
Your voice is all you have
Sing out, Sing out
Sing out, Sing out
I know you will
Sing out, sing out
Sing out, sing out
It’s up to you
Sing out, sing out

Don’t wait for daylight
Don’t run from tonight
Just open your eyes
The stars fade with the light

Sing out, sing out
It’s up to you
Sing out, sing out
Sing out, sing out
You know you will
Sing out, sing out

Written by Bear & Bo Rinehart

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