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Music Review: Give Me Your Eyes, by Brandon Heath

February 1, 2010

Not exactly a style of music that I generally enjoy, this song has been stuck in my head for, say, 7 months now. The lyrics:

Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black top
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breath in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
All those people going somewhere,
Why have I never cared?

Chorus:
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
Ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide what’s underneath
There’s a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
He’s out of work, He’s buying time
All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared?

I’ve Been there a million times
A couple of million eyes
Just moving past me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way you see the people all along

Now, while the verses are not exactly steeped in deep theological and doctrinal truth, and not necessarily something that could be sung in our church on Sunday am (though, there are a couple of seminary professors in our church that I would love to see breaking out a little hip-hop!) what you will find are verses that develop the need that is requested in the chorus. (How’s that for a little edumacation?)

The chorus is the key. We need God’s eyes; we need to be able to see people as He sees people. We need to care for people as He cares for people. If we neglect to see them as God sees them, what we are looking at are annoyances, people that bug us, instead of men and women who are hurt, afraid and in desperate need of grace.

This is the story of Jonah in song.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2010 11:40 am

    Great song Frank. Glad to see the body of Christ infused with His spirit.

  2. Bethany permalink
    February 1, 2010 11:42 am

    Good thoughts Frank, I’d like to see some of those Prof’s too 🙂 When I first heard this song I did not really like it. Thought it was a little over the edge of what I was comfortable listening too. But like you it kept getting stuck in my head and the more I thought about it the more I realized the message was so true!!!

  3. Tracy (Perkins) Anderson permalink
    February 1, 2010 11:50 am

    Very well said, Frank! If we were to TRULY look at each person as God sees them, we’d be deomonstrating the love of Christ every chance we get!

  4. frank permalink*
    February 2, 2010 11:03 am

    Haro! Trying to “be infused,” and then get out of the way and watch what happens!

  5. frank permalink*
    February 2, 2010 11:05 am

    Hey Tracy!! 🙂 I think as a whole, this is where we’ve missed the boat…. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be able to see people’s souls, and realize what is tearing them up. If we respond to people like they are torn up, the world will see it, and realize that there IS something to this whole “love of Christ” thing!!

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