"Cleareyed" as written by and Dan Wilson Glen Richard Phillips....
Ever since I was a kid I've been
Clear eyed, clear eyed
I can't forget but I forgive,
Did you notice? Are you all right?

On the edge of memory where shapes
Take form and call to me

Some things I wish I'd never seen
Had never been, but so it is, so it is
If all I know is what I see, then certainty
Is what you are to me
Clear eyed, clear eyed

Someone came and changed the words
Left me tongue tied, tongue tied
It's not a sky without a cloud
There is no blue sky, blue sky

Beyond the past, beyond the fear
The simple act of being here

Some things I wish I'd never seen
Had never been, but so it is, so it is
If all I know is what I see
Then certainty is what you are to me
Clear eyed, clear eyed

Blind me with love, make me blind
Blind me with love, make me blind
'Cause I've seen too much, too much of this life
I have seen too much, too much of this life
I have seen too much, too much of this life
I have seen too much, too much of this life
Now I only see you, only see you
Clear eyed, clear eyed
Clear eyed, clear eyed


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"Cleareyed" as written by Glen Phillips Daniel Wilson

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    General CommentThis is an incredible song. So sad, yet hopeful at the same time.

    I think he's talking about innocence or being "cleareyed" and how that get's lost as you grow up, "there is no blue sky" and "some things i wish I'd never seen/had never been".

    And now he's met someone who gives him back feelings of certainy and innocence, "now i only see you". He wants the person to, "blind me with love" and erase all the bad things he's seen and experienced.

    I initially thought he was talking about romantic love to a woman he's met or something, but the more I think about it, he could be singing to his daughter. Does Glen Phillips have a daughter?
    Either way it's beautiful, reminds me of some of the awful things I've seen in my short life and gives me a bit of hope that I can retain my childish innocence still.
    sarah_tygeron October 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe actually has three daughters. Right now, he, his wife, and the three young Phillps are in Europe doing some unsual concerts. Check out glenphillips.com.
    wem72on October 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHas my favorite line on Winter Pays for Summer
    "Beyond the past, beyond the fear, the simple act of being here"
    I met my now wife a few days after seeing Glen live & we had a turbulent long distance relationship so those lines mean a lot to me.
    piemericaon September 22, 2008   Link

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