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.