"Tear Out My Eyes" as written by and Phillip Joseph Sgrosso Jordan D Mancino....
The storm is coming and I have a choice
To accept nature or lose my voice
Shall I scream and plead for nothing
Or build a roof over my head?
I mourn the days that I wasted
Trying to change what has been set
Fighting against myself

Before I tear, tear out my eyes
I'll just admit they're part of me

I've labelled enemies who do not hate me
And then claims friends who could care less
All an unnecessary struggle
So now I know what it means to repent
Changing everything

Before I tear, tear out my eyes
I'll just admit they're part of me (they're part of me)

Instead of fighting against myself
I will open my eyes
To find who needs me
I am awakened
I am awakened

Before I tear, tear out my eyes
I'll just admit they're part of me (they're part of me)
I am awakened


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"Tear Out My Eyes" as written by Josh Gilbert Jordan D Mancino

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    My InterpretationI believe this song is an allusion to when Jesus said, "So if your eye--even your good eye--causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell." -Matthew 5:29

    Before I tear, tear out my eyes
    I'll just admit they're part of me

    He's recognizing that his eyes are causing him to sin through lust, and he realizes it would be best to tear them out so he will no longer sin. But instead of tearing his eyes out, he's going to admit and accept that he has eyes and that he is sinning with them through lust. This becomes apparent during the verse where he says:

    So now I know what it means to repent
    Changing everything

    This verse is very interesting to me

    I mourn the days that I wasted
    Trying to change what has been set
    Fighting against myself

    I interpret this verse to mean trying to find ways why lust is ok. Trying to find reasons and excuses why thinking sexual thoughts of multiple women when not married is acceptable and a gift from God. That viewing porn is perfectly normal and ok to do. But thinking those thoughts is really fighting against your true self, your soul. Premarital sexual thoughts and lust towards many women will bring death and are mere carnal pleasures, but keeping your thoughts on God and in the spirit will bring heavenly pleasure and everlasting life!

    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. - Philippians 4:8

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. - Galatians 5:22-23

    Amazing stuff! This album is absolutely phenomenal. I love AILD! Obiviously Tim may have not meant this at all, but this is what I got out of it. I believe this is only a partial meaning to the song. It is also about choosing friends wisely, and being aware of people who really appreciate/need you in there life. You da man Tim Lambesis. Praise God!
    doGevoLon April 01, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation*sigh* It disturbs me how quickly people commenting on As I Lay Dying refer to religion... Their songs are amazing because they can be applied to anyone, not just a book and belief. I think the song is about how people can be so quick to judge and the struggle with one self afterwards and the consequences. It is human nature to judge, and though its a bad thing, though its unhealthy, we must forgive and understand that it happens. To move on and understand that it's part of life, not dwell on the past, but prevent in the future.
    Wyvern740on June 12, 2013   Link

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