Close Your Eyes

Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts tracks

Lyrics


1. HOPE SLIPS AWAY (THE WORLD IS OURS TO CHANGE)

Take a look around and tell me what it is you see?
Corruption and intolerance in a world that's fueled by greed
Hatred and selfishness drive neighbors to war
when was the last time we asked what it is we're fighting for?

How long have we been living without purpose?
While judgement is held over my head
Blindly we accept this without question
and slowly wait for our days to end.

Who will stand up and make a difference?
We only have ourselves to blame (the future is in our hands)
Surely this is not what we're made for.
When will we realize the world is ours to change?

Each and every day it's still the same
and I can't just look away.
We're standing on the brink.
and I for one will not stand by and watch as our hope slips away

Who will stand up and make a difference?
We only have ourselves to blame (the future is in our hands)
Surely this is not what we're made for.
When will we realize the world is ours to change?

You see all this corruption and senseless unjustice.
No matter where your eyes turn, you cannot ignore the truth.
And so I'm asking you to stand with me.

When will we stand and say enough is enough?
Open your eyes and take a stand instead of giving up.
When will we stand and say enough is enough?
Open your eyes and take a stand instead of giving up.

Who will stand up and make a difference? (The future is in our hands)
We only have ourselves to blame (The world is ours to change)
Who will stand up and make a difference? (The future is in our hands)
We only have ourselves to blame

The world is ours to change




2. EMPTY HANDS

I am all alone; your words have never brought me peace
They rain down upon my head and destroy everything
With weary eyes I stare at the sea
In the distance I hear you call out for me

I am so tired of running away
Only to come back right where I had buried this with my hands

Still you tell me that I can be trusted with a burden that I never wanted
No matter how I try to push you away I still hear you call out to me

I'm not the better man I'm called to be
Why can't I escape? You pull me under the waves.
I'm the one who made this sea
It's taken everything from me
Still you try to sing me to sleep.

But I buried this with my hands.
No matter what I try I keep coming back.

There were days that I asked for this to change, but there was a fear inside of me
A fear that made me question who I am and why I'm capable of such horrible things
And every single promise that you whispered in my ear,
That fear just kept growing until it consumed me.
But I let that fear go, and I can see who you are. Your words gave me nothing
I've been running away for too long; I'm not running anymore
I will stand my ground and scream out loud

My heart won't be yours.

So I buried this with my hands.
And no matter what you try I won't be coming back.

I'm not the better man I'm called to be
Why can't I escape? You pull me under the waves.
I'm the one who made this sea
It's taken everything from me
And no matter what you try you won't sing me to sleep.




3. ERIE

I am weary and useless
My body has been beaten and broken by the storm
I need Your hands to carry me.
Because I don't know if I can make it home.
And my heart starts to wonder
Will I feel the warmth of Your fire again?
Or am I lost forever?
Will I suffer until the end?

I can see my breath
I feel the chills up and down my spine
I'm trying to fan the flames
This fire has already died.
My hands can't stop shaking
I'm so ashamed of what I've done
I'm begging you to guide my way
And bring me in out of the cold

The isolation kills me.
I can feel these walls closing in.
the embers in my heart are dying
I can't keep them lit.
I felt so empty
I couldn't help but run
What good could I do
With all the damage I have done?

Can this fire be saved? or is it too late?




4. VALLEYS

I am starting to realize
that I can do nothing on my own
Everything that I start to build crumbles
into nothing!
It's safe to say no matter what
I try I fall so short
This unrelenting pride
continues to widen the space between you and I

Is there a point in trying to change?
No matter what I do it always stay the same.
But I feel like this has been made for me
Is there something more that I can't see?

All I want is to let go
I try so hard; this pride still grows
Just for once to breathe in deep
And catch a glimpse of what you see in me
So many years of sorrow and grief
The bitterness I tasted in the face of defeat
How can I forget the joy of the mountain tops
down in the valleys?!

Is there a point in trying to change?
No matter what I do it always stay the same.
But I feel like this has been made for me
Is there something more that I can't see?
But your ways are different they call out to me
no matter what I do you always stay the same
And I will have the choice to say
there is more to this life I am living

There is more
There is more

And even amidst the struggle of finding the man
that you have called me to be
Your love reminds me
that though I am broken I am still standing
I am still screaming!

Is there a point in trying to change?
No matter what I do it always stay the same.
And I will have the choice to say
there is more to this life I am living
there is more to this life I am living
there is more to this life I am living




5. INJUSTICE

I can't understand how something
That is built the bond of unity
How could you be so quickly swayed
And show the world so much hate.
how can you show the world so much hate?

Even if there's nothing left to take.
I will be here standing
I won't go away
I will be the difference and I will make a change
My heart will not be broken and in the end you will see
That this means so much more. It is everything to me.

Where is the heart that you spoke about so long ago?
With all this talk of passion where did it go?
I will be the one to finally stand and say enough is enough.
and if no one else can stand with me I will swear that won't give up

I step back and what I see
are countless lives that are empty
and with every step they take
their strength slowly breaks.
They are told that they're alone
And that there is no hope
Where are their brothers
to catch them when they fall?

This hate is not my home
never again, not anymore
This hate is not my home
I will speak out against your injustice

I will be the change.




6. PAPER THIN

Take these words and sing them for me
They fill up all these pages I have been writing in
But lately they are becoming
So paper thin So paper thin

These pages turn; They're full of empty words
I tear them out just to start it again
and still I lie awake at night
Unsure of what is to come
I am coming undone

give me the melody that my heart longs to sing
Now I am starting to see
That this fire you stir inside
Is greater than I know

All this time
I tried to sing a song
that my ears had never heard
with words I could not speak.

You are the one
That gives me words
That shine a light into darkness
and gives strength to the hopeless
My words mean nothing
unless they come from You
Who sang the stars into place
and whispered life into my soul.




7. WORMWOOD

I never thought that I would see these days
There's no more sunlight and it's always raining on me
The struggles I face try to strip me of everything
I am barely standing, still there is no peace
You promised me that I wasn't alone
But everywhere I turn it seems like I stand on my own
It seems so pointless; is this existence meaningless?
Is there any hope left for me?

I am completely broken
I am your forgotten son.
You left me with nothing
My hands are so tired and so worn
I was always hoping that I could find some peace
But what I always find is that nothing's changing
God, nothing is changing

I am bearing witness to my multitude of sins
These days and nights seem like they will never end
There is no rest or hope in sight
There is nowhere that I can hide
The emptiness that haunts my days is there when I close my eyes

My depravity has taken hold of all I am
It has consumed me to the point I cannot stand
it brings me to my knees
Still I find nothing is changing
God nothing is changing

I am asking myself if there is a point to all this searching?
I feel like there is something I've been missing

I am bearing witness to my multitude of sins; is there and hope left for me?




8. KEEP THE LIGHTS ON

Everything that I despise
consumes me when I close my eyes.
I don't know if I can change the way I feel.
Despite the light that you have shone
The dark has become what I know.
I am fighting to find my way out of it

I am trying so hard to forget
This constant aching feeling that stirs inside my chest.
The fear in me always drags me down.
The guilt I feel will not let me up again; I am crushed by the weight.

I was younger then; careless and innocent.
I never thought my words could mean so much
I am older now; I should be screaming out.
so why is it that I keep my mouth shut?

Why do I try so hard to forget
the forgiveness that is in your hands, and the mercy in your words?
You are calling me to seek You and find rest
and leave behind the emptiness that holds me in the dark;
that holds me in the dark

I hope you can hear me...
I'll keep singing this song
Even if there's no air left and dirt fills up these lungs

Please keep the lights on
I'm trying to make it home
The sun is sinking
But I won't go down with it.




9. CARRY YOU

Even when the rain falls and darkness hides your way
Even when the hope you hold is starting to break
I will be right here; I'll always be right here

Don't forget that I promised to stand by your side through these dark nights
I won't let the weight of your guilt and regret swallow you whole;
you have a hand to hold

I know that life can be so hard
You can't stand underneath the weight of it all
And before you know the things you brought you joy
Have left you stranded stranded alone

When everything inside you wants to run away
And the dark won't give way to brighter days
Even if the guilt is more than you can take
When the world has abandoned you I won't turn away

When your heart is empty
I promise that I will hold you through the storm
My love will carry you

even when the world has turned its back on you
and all you need is a hand just to make it through
never forget the dark gives way to brighter days
and no matter where you run I won't turn away.

This bond can never be broken.




10. WOLVES

Where is the sun?
my darkest days have come.
The light is dimming, the warmth is receding
why do I only push it away?

I cant't escape this setting sun
I'm so afraid of the dark
With weary hands I try and bring it in
I pull and pull. Why does it feel so far away?

I knew this day would come but I never prepared for this
Still I struggle; still I struggle within myself
These questions try to break me in
Who am I? What have I become?
I'm just a broken mess of things left undone..
Still I feel the darkness closing in...

Now I know I can't let this go.
My depravity has taken hold of all I am.
I am losing all that I wanted
I trusted the one thing that should not be trusted
my humanity lies in wait like wolves at the door.

Give me your strength,
I need the embrace with the darkness closing in.
I long to feel the sun and it's rays on my face.
Now lift me up so far away from this place

I can't find my way out of this; where is the sun?




11. SCARS

Go ahead and push me down again.
They won't let me stand; I mean nothing to them
still I find myself cold and all alone
These days never change, Why do their hearts stay the same?

I can't escape the weight of my mistakes
No matter what I do, they won't let me forget
Every step seems harder than the last
I am crushed under the hearts of callous men.

I keep asking why their hearts have stay the same

I can hear them say that I'll always be this way,
but am I so different that I can never change?
Their hearts won't heal all the scars that they have made
How can they forget that I am still a man?

this world has left me with nothing
I am just another face
and the ones that are called to love me
turn away in disgrace
but what they can't understand
I have so much more to give
behind this face full of scars

I am still a man.