"Don't Wait For Daylight" as written by and William Rinehart Nathanial Rinehart....
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 light

Don'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 wen 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

Sign 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


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"Don't Wait for Daylight" as written by William Rinehart Nathanial Rinehart

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    General CommentWow, that's a different take, there. The lyrics are song-cryptic, which is wonderful because then we can project our lives onto it and have a good cry and drive 80 mph into the night because it's talking to us. I always thought it was a [country-music worthy] story about one of those earth-shattering, heart-crushing discoveries. I don't care if I didn't leave wearing his coat, I feel this song. And when someone is singing to me to "sing out, sing out--it's up to you" when I felt like I would die and no one else could walk under the crushing load of betrayal and sorrow and forgiveness and shame and rejection and hope and aloneness for me, trust me, it's about the heart of the song. When someone is singing, "Sing out, sing out--I know you will..." I don't care what the details were originally about, even if they were about someone else's soap opera. Which is why we love music so desperately--we need a soundtrack for our lives to speak for and to us.
    silverswon March 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is an interview I stumbled upon :)

    HJ: Help me out with the story behind “Don’t Wait For Daylight.” I’ve heard lots of people’s explanation for what it’s about, anything Peter’s denial of Jesus to the bad breakup, and it doesn’t really make sense. Help me out!
    Rinehart: It’s a strange song; it’s funny because we get that a lot. The lyric we started with was from a Johnny Cash song called “Long Black Veil.” The ideas in the two songs are a little different. In this song, the scenario is about a breakup, between a married man and a woman who sings from her perspective. She leaves an affair between her and his coat. She finds a note in his coat, it’s his note that’s basically a suicide note, and she’s struggling with, does she tell people and try to save him and incriminate herself? The chorus tries to encourage people to do the right thing and tell the truth. We felt like it was a good parallel for us because we were doing this Christian/secular release, we felt it was important to say that right away. When you look back I think the lyrics will make sense.
    elliot25on May 10, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI'm pretty sure this is about telling witnessing to people, or telling people about God or Jesus. Waiting for people to come to you, or being too scared that people won't believe you. But alot people are searching, or need to hear you. So you gotta sing out! I love this song!
    jaellieon August 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDon't quite understand this song's lyrics as they are according to the background story posted by elliot25 (which I'm assuming is genuine, as it seems to be). Why would someone leave with someone else's coat? They look alike or something?? And when she finds the note he "left for his bride" ... why does it use the word "bride" instead of "wife"? Newlyweds??

    That being said, I think the music is awesome and the lyrics, while there may be connection issues (possibly only in my mind...), I've still listened to it a dozen or so times... :-D
    bainrex7on July 07, 2010   Link
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    General Comment@bainrex7, I think you are over thinking this...
    Maybe she took it to take a piece of him with her and then found a note that he was going to give to her. And bride could be used by an 80 year old man talking about his wife of 60 years. It's just another way of saying wife. I get the whole song. I love the subtle meanings in the lyrics. Good job NEEDTOBREATHE.
    tlewis1019on March 20, 2013   Link

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