Dreaming with My Eyes Open

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"Dreaming With My Eyes Open"
Clay Walker - Dreaming single cover.png
Single by Clay Walker
from the album Clay Walker
B-side "Money Can't Buy"
Released May 27, 1994
Format CD Single
Genre Country
Length 3:30
Label Giant
Writer(s) Tony Arata
Producer(s) James Stroud
Clay Walker singles chronology
"Where Do I Fit in the Picture"
"Dreaming With My Eyes Open"
"If I Could Make a Living"

"Dreaming With My Eyes Open" is a song written by Tony Arata and recorded by American country music singer Clay Walker. It was released in May 1994 as the fourth and final single from his self-titled debut album, and was featured in the soundtrack to the film The Thing Called Love.[1] The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.


During an interview, Walker stated, "On my very first CD there was a song called "Dreaming with My Eyes Open"--an up-tempo, fast-beat song. I almost considered not recording it. It didn't strike me as a song I could sing great, but my producer talked me into it. It became one of the most played songs of that year, and today, every time I sing it, it gets more and more special to me. It says I'm going to do my dreaming with my eyes wide open. That's what we all have to do with MS. Dreaming with eyes open is a vision. When you close 'em, it's just a dream."[2]


Larry Flick of Billboard wrote "Walker has played a hell of a good game at radio, and urged along by a relentless rhythm track, he hits this one right out of the park. It'll take a few more innings to know for sure, but with the right coaching Walker could become the next country music MVP."[3]

Tara Seetharam of Country Universe listed "Dreaming with My Eyes Open" as the 392nd best country single of the 1990s and wrote, "His infectious pledge to live in the moment is as effective as country’s finest inspirational ballads because it’s firmly grounded in reality."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Merriman. It features Walker playing outside a BBQ restaurant south of Austin, Texas near a dirt road waiting for a ride. Eventually a woman in a pickup truck picks him up and they drive down rural roads. They reach a farm where they are goofing off together while Walker plays for the woman on his guitar.


The song debuted at No. 51 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated June 11, 1994.[5] It charted for 20 weeks on that chart, reaching number one on the chart dated August 27, 1994, marking Walker's third number-one single.

Preceded by
"Be My Baby Tonight"
by John Michael Montgomery
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

August 27, 1994
Succeeded by
"Whisper My Name"
by Randy Travis
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 5, 1994


  1. ^ Clay Walker (cD liner notes). Clay Walker. Giant Records. 1993. 24511-2. 
  2. ^ Walker, Clay. "Clay Walker Talking. (Cover story)." Inside MS 24.2 (2006): 16-21. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 18 May 2011.
  3. ^ Flick, Larry Billboard Single Reviews (June 4, 1994)
  4. ^ Seetharam, Tara Country Universe 400 Greatest Singles of the Nineties: #400-#376 July 5, 2010
  5. ^ Shults, Lynn Billboard COUNTRY; Artists & Music; Country Corner; Pg. 30 (June 11 1994)
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2583." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 5, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "Clay Walker – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Clay Walker.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 

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