"Open Your Eyes" as written by and Michael J. Mushok....
As I walk along these streets
I see a man that walks alone
Distant echo of people's feet
He has no place to call his own
A shot rings out from a roof overhead
A crackhead asks for change nearby
An old man lies in an alleyway dead
A little girl lost just stands there and cries

What would you do, if it was you
Would you take everything
For granted like you do

A boy just thirteen on the corner for sale
Swallows his pride for another hit
Overpopulation there's no room in jail
But most of you don't give a shit
That your daughters are porno stars
And your sons sell death to kids
You're so lost in your little worlds
Your little worlds you'll never fix

You turn away
You turn away
You turn away
You turn away
As I walk along the streets
Soaking up the acid rain
Underneath the taxi cabs
I hear the streets cry out in vain


Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Open Your Eyes" as written by Steve Slingeneyer Harley Dinardo

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General Commentthis song speaks the truth and its just the kindof message that so many ppl around me need to hear.
    Parabola898on January 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAcc. to Aaron, "The lyrics are very old. Those are from like 10th or 11th grade in high school. For some strange reason while we were in recording I was having a hard time coming up with something for it. Sitting there, listening to it over and over again to have some sort of inspirational moment, these lyrics to this old song from a long time ago came into my head. I don't usually write observationally, I usually write introspectively, and this song is very observational."
    iNcleton June 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't get it. Whenever people like Aaron Lewis or Scott Stapp make music that is absolutely amazing and truthful, people like phil here have to put them down? Why? Because it breaks that sugar coated world that people like that live in. Open Your Eyes is one of my favourite songs because that's what it does- opens my eyes and speaks the truth
    Haggion March 19, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpeople should 'open their eyes' to whats really going on in the world, and do something about it.
    EZ Tigeron April 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShows how no one in society gives a fuck about other people. The system is what ruins society. Its fucked up and I think Aaron is showing that in this song. I think its there next song to be blasted on the radio :D I think other people should hear this song. Its a great song. Staind fucking rocks! When the fuck is their next album coming out?
    WhiteMagicon May 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok phil, society does have problems & this song does point this out. It doesn't mean u have 2 go & start changing things, but maybe when people hear this song they will be more appreciative of wut they have realizing that things could be worse 4 them. So in my opinion this song is 2 point out that there are problems & that people are oblivious 2 them & taking there happiness in their lives 4 granted...
    MuSiCgurl24_7on August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentphil what would you like him to write about how many records he sold and the amount of hit singles he had if he did you'd probally be typen bout how he is big headed and full of himself. he's writen bout his experences in life whats wrong with that?he's just writen the truth what he see's like you he's sayen his opinion his views only i give a shit bout what he has to say and couldnt care less bout you n what you got to say that's the difference.
    KrIsSy220on September 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHoly Shit! This is a reminder, right in my face, how cruel the world really is! I can only listen to this a few times because it brings me down every time I listen to it! Staind is obviously an awesome band, and jerks in this country have to know what people are really going through and stop acting like narcissistic dip-shits and doing nothing about it! I just can't believe it!
    hekifieron December 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song speaks the truth and its just the kindof message that so many ppl around me need to hear.
    Parabola898on January 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the best song on break the cycle along with waste. this song has great lyrics, about how there are many bad things going on in society and everyone just ignores them and they get worse.
    no_heavy_no_goodon April 23, 2002   Link

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