"Open Your Eyes" as written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson....
Hide your face forever
Dream and search forever

Have you ever been for sale?
When your isms get smart
Oh so selfish and mindless
With that comment in your eye

Do you think that you are hard?
Really harder than the other
Man you're acting cold
If you are not in charge

Don't split your mentality
Without thinking twice
Your voice has got no reason
Now is the time to face your lies

Open your eyes, open your mind
Proud like a god don't pretend to be blind
Trapped in yourself, break out instead
Beat the machine that works in your head

Will you offer me some tricks
If I ever need them
Would you go into that room
If I call 'em

Do you think that you are better
Really better than the rest
You realized there's a problem
I know that you can give your best

Have you ever had a dream?
Or is life just a trip?
A trip without chances
A chance to grow up quick

Open your eyes, open your mind
Proud like a god don't pretend to be blind
Trapped in yourself, break out instead
Beat the machine that works in your head

Hide your face forever
Dream and search forever
Night and night you feel nothing
There's no way outside of my land

Open your eyes, open your mind
Proud like a god don't pretend to be blind
Trapped in yourself, break out instead
Beat the machine that works in your head

Open your eyes, open your mind
Proud like a god don't pretend to be blind
Trapped in yourself, break out instead
Beat the machine that works in your head


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"Open Your Eyes" as written by Jonathan Graham Quinn Gary Lightbody

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    General Comment"Open Your Eyes" for me is directed towards those who have achieved enough education to use this education in a profession. The song present two choices that person can make: they can "hide their face forever", or they can "dream and search forever." Many people hide their face by allowing their dreams to be replaced by the goals of rising up the pecking order and of monetary gain once they join the workforce. With this replacement, they don't only sell their skills, they literally sell themselves as what are we if not our dreams and passions. They use their education in "selfish" and "mindless" ways as they use it only in accord with what will gain them those superficial selfish goals of power and money. They became these dreams. They selfishly think they are better than all the rest and act coldly to others who are in charge because they themselves want to be in charge. Some may pretend to hold onto their old dreams, maybe while they are in their own homes, but this "split" "mentality" does not follow any "reason." One can not say one has those old dreams if one does not act towards accomplishing them when one is in a position to.
    The chorus of the song has the main message. It tells people to open themselves up to their limited way of seeing the world, and to recover those old dreams. In order to accomplish these dream one must not be "proud like a god" and pretend to be blind to the changes that have occurred in them.
    Life is not just "a chance to grow up quick" where one must adopt the morals of corporate gain, a trip in which one has no control, a trip in which one never takes the chance to stand up for oneself.
    bworcaon August 19, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is just about breaking out. Becoming your own person. Don't follow the crowd. This song gets me pumped up.
    donkeydickon April 10, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is just about breaking out. To not be just one of the average joe's
    donkeydickon April 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song! I also first heard this song when i watched a video of martial artists/performers. The song is pretty pumped and matched well with the clip. After listening to it a few times and reading the lyrics, i think the song is trying to get people who already know that they should break out to do so instead of pretending to follow, and keep their true thoughts and feelings covered up; stop 'pretending to be blind' even though you're not. The point is to not keep your thoughts and true intentions to yourself, but to go and express them.

    btw...kudos to ppl who post msgs such as "i love this song" or "awesome" on a site called songMEANINGS.net...without contributing anything else...keep up the good job
    Lyvreuson March 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about challanging our preconceived paradigms, all our "isms."
    audreycohnon June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan this shiela growl or what. Fuck yeah.
    Fixxxeron May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOpen your eyes!!! La-la la la la
    ganji4kaon July 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of there best songs. they ever have been.. i hope that the come to the netherlands. i want to see them live
    KoRnFreak4evahon September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, theres news to me, i didnt know that a girl sang the vocals! interesting, hmmm well this is an awsome song, i dont really care what it means, its great!
    Stephion October 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was a guy who sang, imagine my surprise. love the wah riff and it is just an overall solid song
    sic n twistedon March 05, 2003   Link

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