"Open Your Eyes"
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.
"Pressure" is my response to the pressure I was under
to get this record done. It's like a culmination of the pressure that I
was under at the time because I was like half way through the record and
I was now out of stuff that was readily and easily flowing through me.
It was a combination of the pressure of that and a panic attack, which I
"Fade" is like my reply, I'll just kind of leave it
|04 - "It's
It's just kind of an introspective song about realizing that it's
been awhile since a lot of things. It's been awhile since I could hold
my head up high, it's been awhile since I said I was sorry, it's been
awhile since I could say that I wasn't addicted, it's been awhile since
I could say I love myself. It's kind of an acknowledgement that it's
"Change" is about trying to deal with what's going on
in my life.
06 - "Can't
"Can't Believe" is a reply to the blatant disrespect
for human beings that I see every night at our shows. It's like fucking
"Lord Of The Flies" sometimes. I see little 12, 13 year old
girls basically getting raped on top of the crowd, getting their clothes
torn off them, clutching themselves. Just terrible, terrible shit that I
see. Just blatant disrespect for the people around you. You know it's
somebody's little sister, it's somebody's daughter. Where the fuck did
you come up with the idea that you think it's ok to do that just because
you're at a concert? It goes to show that the most important job in the
whole world, which is being a parent, has been completely forgotten
about. People have forgotten how to be parents. That's like the
beginning of the end. You wait. If shit doesn't change, you wait and see
what it's like in 20 years.
"Epiphany" is just kind of another realization type of
song, kind of an explanation. It was an epiphany in the fact that I had
heard the whole song in my head and just had to keep doing things until
it was complete. I did everything on that song. I programmed the drums,
I did the keyboards for the strings of the chorus, played the guitar,
played the bass and did the vocals.
Wake up and look around you and see what the fuck is going on.
The more you see, the more you do, the television's feeding you with
what you want to hear, anger and fear, because we suffer. One of the
many cycles in life that just continue going around in cycles unless
09 - "Warm
My song to my wife.
10 - "For
"For You" is for the kids. It's totally written for the
kids, it's for them to be able to turn up real loud so that their
parents can hear what I'm saying. It's basically a song for the kids to
sing to their parents. I wrote it in the shoes of these kids who come up
and talk to me all the time.
I still don't know what "Outside" is about.
"Waste" is about a kid that killed himself and I guess
was a big fan of Staind. His mother came to a show of ours and stood
outside the bus crying kind of wanting me to come off the bus and talk
to her and give her answers to all the questions she had when I didn't
know the kid. It's kind of my reply to the completely uncomfortable
situation that I was put into.
|13 - "Take
"Take It" is like the final song on the record. The
chorus to "Take It" is "everything that I can say to you
won't help you, everything you need is right in front of you, just take
it". It's kind of like my last attempt to s ay that I'm no
different than you. Everything is right there in front of you and you
just have to take it.