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EWF Open Our Eyes (1974)

Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders. I’m a stranger in these parts; give me clear directions. My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!—insatiable for your nourishing commands. ~ Psalm 119:118-120, MSG

 

“Open Our Eyes” is the title track from Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1974 album. This version of “Open Our Eyes,” which is one of my favorite songs by Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF), a spiritual Soul/Rock band founded by Maurice White in the 1970s, is both a remake of the traditional Gospel song originally recorded by The Gospel Clefs, and the classic Soul/Funk song recorded by Funkadelic.

The Gospel Clefs, from Newark, New Jersey, first recoded “Open Our Eyes” on their 1958 album, Leon Lumpkins and The Gospel Clefs. Funkadelic or The Parliaments, who originally were from Plainfield, New Jersey, first recorded “Open Our Eyes” as the 45 rpm flip-side to their 1969 Soul/Funk song, “I’ll Bet You.”

Unfortunately, sometimes we stray away from or miss the mark of the Gospel’s Truths. For this reason, we need Father God, via His Holy Spirit, to bring to our remembrance what thus saith the Lord Christ Jesus—we need the Holy Spirit to help us to relearn the Gospel of Christ Jesus, again.  We also need Father God, via His Holy Spirit, to help us to relive (apply) the Gospel of Christ Jesus in our everyday living, again, and in such a way that the Gospel now has become more than mere doctrine and more than just information that we needed to master.

For the abovementioned reasons, I have included a YouTube version of EWF’s “Open Our Eyes,” and I have included the lyrics to this song, because it is my hope and prayer that, whenever we are demonstrating spiritual blindness in 2013, our Father God faithfully and continually would open our eyes. Both the lyrics and the YouTube presentation of EWF’s version of “Open Our Eyes” are below. Enjoy!  

Father, open our eyes, that we may see
To follow Thee, oh, Lord
Grant us Thy lovin’ peace, oh yeah
And let all dissension cease
Let our faith each day increase, oh yeah
And Master, yeah, please, yeah, oh please
 
Open our eyes, open our eyes
Open our eyes, Lord, open our eyes
 
He has given us, hills and mountains
He has given us, oh yeah, level plains
He has given us food and clothing
Gave us shelter from the storm and rain, oh yeah
And all that He provided
Kept us good, good, oh yeah
From the storm and the plague
 
Grant us Thy lovin’ peace,
And let all dissension cease
Let our faith each day increase, oh yeah
And Master, yeah, yeah, oh yeah
 
Open our eyes, open our eyes
Open our eyes, oh, open our eyes
 
Yeah, yeah, ah, Lord
And smile down on Your helpless children
Yeah, Master, yeah
 
Ummmm, ummmm…
 
Open our eyes, yeah, open our eyes, yeah…
 
Ummmm… yeah
 
Yeah…
 
Well, want You to smile down
On Your helpless children
Smile down on
Your helpless children
Hey, Master, do You hear me?
Say, Master, can You hear me?
Hey, Master, hey…
 
Smile down on all the helpless children
And starving children all around the land
Yeah, everybody walkin’ ’round
Nobody wanna be a man