What's In The Eye?

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"What's In The Eye?"
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Song by Grey Daze from the album Wake Me and ...No Sun Today
Recorded 1994
Released 1994
Length 4:26
Live debut January 22, 1994
Writer Chester Bennington, Sean Dowdell
Producer David Knauer

Wake Me track listing
  1. What's In The Eye?
  2. Spin
  3. Morei Sky
  4. Wake Me
  5. Starting To Fly
  6. Sometimes
  7. Holding You
  8. Hole
  9. Believe Me
  10. Here, Nearby
  11. She Shines
  12. Shouting Out

"What's In The Eye?" is the first track on the album Wake Me and second track on the album ...No Sun Today. The song was released as the first street track from the remix project Amends on January 17, 2020.[1][2]


"What's In The Eye?" is one of Grey Daze's earliest songs. The guitar parts were written by the band's first guitarist, Steve Mitchell, before they even had a vocalist. About his time on the band, Steve said, "I wrote the guitar part for "What's in the Eye" and a few other songs at the time, and some experimental rock opera stuff with Chester and Jonathan."

According to Sean Dowdell, the parts Steve contributed to the song were eventually changed.[3] As for the lyrics, he said, "What's in the eye was writte lyrically by myself except for the chorusus. Chester wrote the chorus."[4] A 2020 press release for the song states: ""What's In The Eye" was written lyrically in different phases by both Sean and Chester collaboratively. The song focuses on a friend’s premature death in a car accident and trying to understand the loss, relaying an emotional intensity that every listener will not only understand, but instantly connect with. The beauty of Chester's gifts were that he made others able to understand and cope with their own emotional pain, simply by listening to Chester's vocal expression."[5]

The first known studio version of "What's In The Eye?" was recorded with guitarist Jason Barnes sometime in June 1994 as part of a 6-track demo done at Teething Studios, Scott Crowley’s apartment studio. He was from a band called “Nihil”. Jonathan Krause said, "He had a digital recording studio. I thought the drums sounded cheesy they were way to electronic. But it was free so who's complaining?" Sean Dowdell adds, "It wasn't a studio. It was his apartment and he and I recorded it on a very small recording program on a computer. Home recording though, not studio."[6]

On October 6, 1994, the very first day of working on Wake Me, the album's producer David Knauer recorded Grey Daze playing live in his studio to see what they had in store for their debut album. He recorded their performance straight to DAT tape and had Chester say the name of every song so it was documented on tape as well.[7] "What's In The Eye?" was among the songs that made the album.

Under a new lineup consisting of Chester Bennington, Bobby Benish, Mace Beyers and Sean Dowdell, the band had their first pre-production sessions for their second studio album in February 1996 with David Knauer. There, they recorded a new version of "What's In The Eye?". The album version, however, was recorded by Michael Jones during their pre-production session for ...No Sun Today in December.[3]

Amends Version (2020)

Grey Daze included "What's In The Eye?" on their 2020 album Amends, with re-recorded instrumentals and using older takes of Chester's vocals. The song features guests Marcos Curiel of P.O.D. and Chris Traynor of Bush. It was produced by Chris Traynor and Kyle Hoffman.

In the Amends track-by-track with Apple Music, Sean said, "Chris Traynor is also on this one, and so is Marcos Curiel from P.O.D. Chester and I wrote almost all the lyrics together, and this is one that I started and brought to practice. I remember Chester grabbed my notepad and put a big X through my chorus - I still actually have the lyric sheet - and then he starts screaming, 'Don't go too fast my friend!' He had lost a friend in a car accident a week or two before we wrote the track, so he adapted the lyrics to the loss of his friend. The meaning of the song was really up in the air until Chester gave it literal meaning with a really strong chorus."[8]

Amends... Stripped Version (2021)

A stripped-down, full-band acoustic version of "What's In The Eye?" was released on Amends as a bonus track for Japan, Target and Saturn.

In January 2021, this version of "What's In The Eye?" was released on the Amends... Stripped EP with a different edit on the song, different production and a different mix. Instead of starting with a piano part like the bonus track does, the Amends... Stripped version begins with an acoustic take on the normal song's guitar intro. This continues on throughout the first verse, like the piano continues on in the acoustic version through the first verse. The two songs regain similarity when the first chorus begins.

In the Amends... Stripped track-by-track with Revolver, Sean said, "Our first single on Amends and one of the oldest songs from our catalog, this song was written by Chester and myself. The lyrics were meant to pay homage to one of Chester's friends who had passed away in a car accident several days before the song was written. The lyrics — "Don't go too fast my friend, or you'll lose control" — are a sad reminder of losing people we cared about too early in life."[9]


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
What's In The Eye? Wake Me 4:26 1994 1994
What's In The Eye ...No Sun Today 3:50 1996-1997 May 23, 1997
What's In The Eye ...No Sun Today 3:53 2002
  • Re-mixed by Sean Dowdell.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download in M4A format on July 2, 2007.
What's In The Eye? "Wake Me" Pre-Production Live Session 4:31 October 06, 1994
  • Recorded live at David Knauer's studio.
  • Contains glitches.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on October 31, 2015.
What's In The Eye? Album Pre-Production Live Session February 18, 1996
  • Unreleased.
  • Recorded live at David Knauer's studio.
What's In The Eye? "No Sun Today" Pre-Production Live Session December 03, 1996
  • Unreleased.
  • Recorded live at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences.
What's In The Eye? Amends 3:25 2017-2020 June 26, 2020
  • Featuring Marcos Curiel of P.O.D. and Chris Traynor of Bush.
  • Produced by Chris Traynor and Kyle Hoffman.


"What's In The Eye?" debuted at the band's very first live performance, which happened on January 22, 1994 at the Thunder & Lightning Bar & Grill in Scottsdale, Arizona.[10] It remained on the band's setlists until 1996.


Grey Daze

  • Jason Barnes - Guitar
  • Chester Bennington - Vocals
  • Sean Dowdell - Drums
  • Jonathan Krause - Bass


  • Recorded and Mixed by: David Knauer
  • Produced by: David Knauer and Grey Daze
  • Mixed at Anthem Recording
  • Assisted by: Billy Spoon and Dan Manriquez
  • Mastered at - SAE by Roger Siedel



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