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Listen to ‘Keep the Lights On’ by Close Your Eyes

February 24, 2017
Reading Time: 2 minutes

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.

I’ve grown up listening to punk rock and hardcore music. Soooo, I’m probably going to share a lot of “alternative” Christian music on this blog, just a forewarning.  Whenever I find a punk/hardcore band that has a godly message, I’m amazed at the energy and passion of these bands. So the genres may not be your thing, and that’s ok, but we can all support God’s word traveling in many mediums.

Close Your Eyes was a melodic hardcore band from Texas, on Victory Records. They started in 2005 at Hardin–Simmons University in Abilene, where Shane Raymond and Brett Callaway met. They started searching for other musicians to join them. After several line-up changes, they recruited Andrew Rodriguez, Sonny Vega and David Fidler. In 2008, they released their self-titled EP independently and in 2009 were signed to Victory Records to record their debut studio album.

In 2011, they played live two new songs from their upcoming album, Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts, which released on October 24, 2011, through Victory Records. The label released a series of video previews of the upcoming album in their YouTube account.

The music video for their first music single, “Song for the Broken“, became a viral internet video and gathered over two million views in a short time.

14 band members, 3 albums and 2 EPs later the band disbanded due to personal differences and other projects.

You can find ‘Keep the Lights On’ on the He Who Lives In Me Spotify playlist here!