For My Sunday Song #168, we are going to discuss one of the band’s more popular songs called “Keep Your Eyes Open” from the 2011 album ‘The Reckoning’. The song was released as a single and even as a 5 song E.P. with two versions of this song, one being acoustic, and 3 bonus tracks, two of which end up on the vinyl release of the album. And one of those bonus tracks we discussed as the first one in this Needtobreathe series.
The song can be interpreted in many ways. I look at it as a song of encouragement that no matter how bad things get, keep soldiering on and pushing toward the light. Keep those eyes open for whatever positive might come along.
It also seems to be about depression and that God is there for you if you keep those eyes open and accept him in, but I don’t think it is that easy. Depression is a powerful force and although I think God can help maybe keep you on this side of heaven, he is not the be-all, cure-all solution as I know someone very close to me that suffers from depression and it is tough road to travel even with God fully in their life. Okay, I might burn in hell for saying that, but sorry that is how I feel. Unless you have been through depression or know someone who has, you don’t know the daily struggle they face. I prefer the song as a shining example of hope and encouragement that can help you push through those dark days.