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If you could soldier on, headstrong into the storm
I'll be here waiting on the other side;
Don't...
Look back, the road is long; the first days of the war are gone
Take back your former throne and turn the tide

'Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You'll never make it to the great unknown
Till you keep your eyes... Open, my love

So tell me you're strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, can you promise me
To keep your eyes... Open, my love

Just past the circumstance: the first light, a second chance
No child could ever dance the way you do, oh
Tear down the prison walls, don't stop the curtain calls
Your chains will never fall until you do

'Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You'll never make it to the great unknown
Till you keep your eyes... Open, my love

So show me your fire, show me your heart
You know I'll never let you fall apart
If you keep your eyes... Open, my love

Ohhh open up
Ohhh open up
Ohhh open up your eyes, the way is unbroken

Ohhh open up
Ohhh open up
Ohhh open up your eyes (keep your eyes open)

Don't let the night become the day
Don't take the darkness to the grave
I know pain is just a place
The will has been broken

Don't let the fear become the hate
Don't take the sadness to the grave
I know the fight is on the way
When the sides have been chosen

'Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You'll never make it to the great unknown
Open up your eyes, keep your eyes open

So show me your fire, show me your heart
You know I'll never let you fall apart
If you keep your eyes... Open, my love
Keep your eyes... (keep your eyes open)



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    UnregisteredAug 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    I have suffered with depression for years. It runs in my family. Though I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, beautiful healthy children, and a wonderful life, I still struggle at times with being overwhelmed with the common stresses and uncertainties of life. There are days when I just don't want to face my life, as good as it is in most ways. I'd prefer to just stay curled up in bed asleep to avoid dealing with relationship issues, stress, responsibilities, etc. I have children to take care of, so I don't do that, but I'd often like to. This song speaks to me as if god, my father, is talking to and encouraging me. Reminding me not to sleep through my life, but to keep my eyes open and live it! Reminding me to keep trudging through the difficult days ("soldier on, into the storm") and not to give up on living. That he will bet here waiting "on the other side. " it is a good thing to hear and be reminded of on those days when life is hard! This has become my favorite song!
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    UnregisteredAug 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    Jesus can fix anything and his love always wins out. We just need to encourage those around us to keep their eyes open to his purposes each day! Awesome song & lyrics! It's every mother's heartwish to know her children are strong and growing in the lord. My favorite phrase is "... So tell me you're strong, tell me you see... I need to hear it, can you promise me... " especially when you've pruned and prayed for that very strength. When it shows up. It's beautiful and takes your breath away. The fact that needtobreathe made a song about one of those moments is very cool. ~a mom.
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    UnregisteredAug 11, 2012 at 3:28 am
    Don't let sin or shame overcome you. God's plans are so much bigger than any human could every understand. Keep running the race fixing your eyes on the prize which is jesus. Keep your eyes open for things the lord is trying to do in your life. When you go through the hard times remember that his love never fails. God is only putting you through the hard times to prepare for something much bigger.
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    UnregisteredJul 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    I saw oscar pistorius (the blade man) running while I was listening to this music. Oh what a beautiful synchronization! It was as if needtobreath actually made the music while watching oscar run. The part where it says "'cus if you never leave home, never let go.
    You'll never make it to the great unknown" speaks volume. How many oscar pistorius are out there (not necessarily amputees but any kind of disability) who just cling to the definition society gave them and never want to let go? Oscar left that comfort level (left home) and against all odds reached his great unknown!
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    UnregisteredJul 22, 2012 at 3:55 am
    The last phrase says it all. When you've chosen your side, (jesus), the enemy tries with all he has, to then bring the fight to you. It's as if by chosing jesus, we've drawn the line. We now have to keep our eyes fixed on him. Open them wide, take the jump, get out, keep our eyes on him. Let all the rest go. He's there. Your (dance) is special to him and he always wants what's best for us, (for me). Thanks for the song needtobreathe. John.

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