“Dreaming With My Eyes Open”
Written by Tony Arata
#1 (1 week)
August 27, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 19, 1994
Clay Walker and Tony Arata join forces for a fantastic single.
The Road to No. 1
After two No. 1 singles from his debut album, “Where Do I Fit in the Picture” narrowly missed the top ten. Giant finished up the platinum-selling set with the opening track, which happens to be the best of the album’s three No. 1 hits.
The No. 1
I love this record.
Walker’s infectious energy and formidable vocal talent are applied to a composition by Tony Arata. This feature keeps proving that Arata was so much more than “The Dance.”
It features one of the decade’s best opening lines: “I spent half my life on bended knee, begging somebody to change, and the other half praying to God that they never would.”
And it’s not even the best line of the song. Check this out: “I learned that one step forward will take you further on than a thousand back or a million that ain’t your own.”
So much of what this part of the decade got wrong was thinking that being youthfully appealing and maturely intelligent were mutually exclusive categories.
Walker shows here how you can be both, showing a wisdom beyond his years while still harnessing the optimism that comes with most of those years being ahead of you.
The Road From No. 1
Alan Jackson pens Walker’s next No. 1 single, which serves as the lead release from his second studio album. We’ll get to it by the end of 1994.
“Dreaming With My Eyes Open” gets an A.
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