Quad Cities own The Forty Twos are back with a new song and video.  This time, things are getting heavier in the song "Eyelids" which includes a darker video that you can check out below.

The first single from The Forty Twos came in the version of "Karma".  The song really showed off their spirit and harmony and the video matched them, and the Quad Cities.  With the new song, The Forty Twos are displaying more of that high energy that we saw last summer in Le Claire at the 2nd Anniversary Party.

Joe Gibbs Photography
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Ryan Housenga lead singer of The Forty Twos says "The songs' lyrics span a multitude of emotions and experiences that all seemed tethered together in a strange."

“How many time have I asked forgiveness before I close my eyelids?”

Ryan said, "This lyric from the song was the first one that came to me when writing and kinda set the tone for the rest of the song. I had been sitting on the line for some time before the song came to be. Thinking of the maybe cringe or ugly things you’ve done throughout the day or even your life is heavy and keeps me from sleeping a lot of nights. A highlight reel of “your worst moments” running through my head and thinking about mortality. They say you never know when you’re last day will be which is true but can lead to a negatively charged motivation to “get things done.” Till the wheels fall off kind of mentality."

“Im in too deep just let me sink and I’ll push up off the bottom.”

"This was another lyric that came before the song. With this new band starting up it felt a little bit like starting over. A lot of new challenges and firsts have come as a result of that. It’s been scary rolling out but at the end of the day this is what I (we) do and that helped push me a bit. Sometimes taking a minute to sink to the bottom seems like the worst thing possible, when you have no air in your lungs. However, if you can hold still, enjoy the ride down, you might just be able to push hard off that low point and get back up for air."

Ryan says that after the lyrics were done he saw the universal application to his own life. "I can think of so many instances where these lyrics could represent a lot of experiences I’ve been through. I think that’s why it works for me. The more reasons the stronger the idea.  I hope it translates to other people's lives and they can see themselves in some of the lyrics from the song."

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Ryan also talked about the video for "Eyelids" saying, "The video was a trip! Obviously, this is a departure visually from our Debut single “Karma” (streaming now). The coffin represents the limited time we have here on earth and the coins represent whatever comes after. Also, played on the duality of it all too. This video is a bit of a nightmare where you wake up and there are two versions of yourself. The one you want people to see and the other that is not so pleasant. Being a Gemini (I don’t believe in horoscopes but dang sometimes it’s spot on) I’ve been exposed to the idea that I have a bit of a double personality. Shining a light on that and making something out of it for a music video seemed like a great idea considering where the inspiration came for the music video."

The Forty Twos good friend Joe Gibbs shot the video.  "It was hands down the most fun I’ve had on a music video shoot to date!" said Ryan.  "He does such a great job you can really just have a fun day and wait for the first edit. He’s a killer behind the camera and his editing skills are unmatched. If you need visuals for your project of any kind he’s the man."

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Lyrics for The Forty Twos "Eyelids":

How many time have I asked forgiveness before I close my eyelids?
How many times did I call before you got this?
I could use some answers now.
Pick me up just to set me back down.
High and low don’t fail me now.
I’m too deep just let me sink and I’ll push up off the bottom.

Take a little bit of time.
To think about what’s on your mind.
How could I have realized?
You’d go and blow your top again.
Talking fake shit to all your fake friends.
I don’t know why id even care.

I could use some answers now
pick me up just to put me back down
high and low don’t fail me now
In too deep just let me sink
and I’ll push up off the bottom

And your head is in overdrive yeah
Don’t lie it’s
In the same place
That you left it
When you were only 17

How many time have I asked forgiveness before I close my eyelids?
How many times did I call before you got this?
I could use some answers now.
Pick me up just to set me back down.
High and low don’t fail me now.
I’m too deep just let me sink and I’ll push up off the bottom.

How many time have I asked forgiveness?

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