"Dry Your Eyes" as written by and Michael Geoffrey Skinner....
In one single moment your whole life can turn around, I stand there for a minute staring straight into the ground.
Looking to the left slightly then looking back down the world feels like its caved in proper sorry frown.
Please let me show you how we could only just be for us, I can change and I can grow or we can adjust. The wicked thing about us is we always have trust.
We can even have an open relationship if we must.
I look at her, she stares almost straight back at me but her eyes glaze over like she's looking straight through me.
Then her eyes must have closed for what seems an eternity, when they opened up she's lookin down at her feet.

[Chorus]

Dry your eyes mate, I know it's hard to take but her mind has been made up.
There's plenty more fish in the sea.
Dry your eyes mate, I know you want to make her see how much this pain hurts, but you've got to walk away now, its over.

So then I moved my hand off and down by my side, shaking, my life is crashing before my eyes.
I turn the palm of my hand up to face the skies, touched the bottom of her chin and let out a sigh.
Because I can't imagine my life without you and me, there's things I can't imagine doing, things I can't imagine seeing.
It weren't supposed to be easy, surely, please please, I'm begging, please.
She brings her hands up towards where my hands rested she wraps her fingers around mine with the softness she's blessed with.
She peels away my fingers looks at me and then gestures, by pushing my hand away to my chest from hers.

[Chorus]

Dry your eyes mate, I know it's hard to take but her mind has been made up.
There's plenty more fish in the sea.
Dry your eyes mate, I know you want to make her see how much this pain hurts, but you've got to walk away now, its over.

And I'm just standing there.
I can't say a word.
'Cause everything has just gone.
I've got nothing.
Absolutely nothing.

Trying to pull her close out of bare desperation, put my arms around her to try to change what she's saying.
Put my head level with hers so she might engage in.
Look into her eyes to make her listen again, I'm not gonna fuckin' just fuckin' just leave it all now.
'cause you said it would be forever and that was your vow, and your gonna let our things simply crash and fall down.
Your well out of order now, this is well out of town.
She pulls away, my arms that are tightly clamped around her waist gently pushes me back as she looks at me straight.
Turns around so she's now got her back to my face, takes one step forward, looks back and then walks away.

[Chorus]

Dry your eyes mate, I know it's hard to take but her mind has been made up.
There's plenty more fish in the sea.
Dry your eyes mate, I know you want to make her see how much this pain hurts, but you've got to walk away now, its over.

I know in the past I've found it hard to say, telling you things but not telling you straight. But the more I pull on your hand the more you pull away.

Dry your eyes mate, I know it's hard to take but her mind has been made up.
There's plenty more fish in the sea.
Dry your eyes mate, I know you want to make her see how much this pain hurts, but you've got to walk away now.


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"Dry Your Eyes" as written by Michael Geoffrey Skinner

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  • +3
    General CommentThe funny thing is that anyone could say this song is exactly what they were going through, but it's not. This song, while taken out of context, is very poignant and inventive (Let's face it, he doesn't even talk about their relationship until the bridge, and even then it's just him. This whole song is mostly one wordless engagement between the two, with Mike describing physical actions, not words), it's even more powerful considering it's just one part of a concept album. This is everything it's come down to, the antithesis of "Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way", when he realizes that while she's amazing, he lost her and it's the course of the album's fault, from his behavior because of the grand going missing, from the argument in "Get Out of My House", to Scott's confession of Dan's betrayal.

    If you sit down and listen to the entire album, and feel this character, you can't help but mist up when you hear "Dry Your Eyes." It's everything he worked for ending.
    It's nice that the album doesn't end on that point, though, and goes into the Empty Cans negative-positive what-if, because he finally finds some sort of resolution in the fact that he is truly alone and "no one's really there fighting for you in the last garrison." And it's not cynical, it's hopeful.

    The entire album is a transformation of character, and his development.
    CursiveMineralon November 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuperb song. I love the clarity of Mike's lyrics, especially these:

    She brings her hand up towards where my hands rested
    She wraps her fingers round mine with the softness she's blessed with
    She peels away my fingers looks at me and then gestures
    By pushing my hand away to my chest, from hers

    They're superb because it's not just rambling like most raps, every word means something.
    ReActoron June 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment" you want to make her see how much this pain hurts " so simply articulate !
    kayleighronsonon January 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe most important moments of my life have always felt as if time is moving in slowly. I remember every last detail because at the time, what i'm feeling and looking at is so important. That's what I feel like when I hear this song.

    To me it's like he's playing and replaying each moment of the breakup in his head still holding out hope she will come back and looking for a clue in the breakup that will indicate she wants him back. But he has to admit that there's nothing in her actions during the breakup that suggests she can be convinced otherwise; she hasn't been mean or hurtful or anythign that would suggest she was just angry and upset and needs to cool down. Instead she has been gentle and soft in how she pulls away from him and all her physical actions in general suggest it's totally over.

    He has to dry his eyes and move on. His pain and self pity won't make her come back.
    rachemon May 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the better thing about this song is that it just makes you feel worse when you're down, but the human instinct is to listen to really depressing songs when were in these situations!

    It's sad because he's basically forcing himself to walk away from it all because he knows he has to, even though in the verses you can clearly tell this is the one thing he doesn't want.


    "Trynna pull her close out of bare desperation
    Put my arms around her trynna change what she's saying
    Pull my head level with hers so she might engage in
    Look into her eyes to make her listen again
    I'm not going to fucking just fucking leave it all now
    Cuz you said it'd be forever and that was your vow
    And you're going to let our things simply crash and fall down?
    You're well out of order now, this is well out of town
    She pulls away my arms are tightly clamped round her waist
    Gently pushes me back as she looks at me straight
    Turns around so she's now got her back to my face
    Takes one step forward, looks back and then walks away"

    This gestures he tells you she does just make it more powerful, because we've all had those desperate moments, where we practically beg the significant other to stay.

    Ohh... now I'm in tears :/ lmao!
    oxconversexoon October 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not much of a streets fan but this song is really beautiful. First time i ever heard it i burst into tears, heh.
    widexeyeson May 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese words exactly describe how I'm feeling right now. I couldn't even put into words what I'm feeling, and it's amazing that he could. Every word of it is the truth, and it gives me solace knowing that someone else understands. Just like the previous comment, I cried when I heard it the first time...
    soulman9on May 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell I didn't cry, but this is a fukin beautiful song. Always someone else to come along to heal the pain.
    tophoril_razon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever knew Mike could sing- and so well. Its beautiful, showing the band's incredible versitility.
    boss_2kon June 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyup, I cried too. I think because everybody has gone through something similar, we can relate to it so easily.

    It's simplicity makes it easier to connect with, as does the feeling that this man isn't a bling bling superstar, he's the bloke from down the road who you occasionally bump into in the cornershop.
    fadedon June 15, 2004   Link

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