Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes

Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes
AFI - Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 1997 (1997-11-11)[1]
StudioArt of Ears, Hayward, CA
GenreHardcore punk[1][2]
AFI chronology
Very Proud of Ya
Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes
A Fire Inside EP
Professional ratings
Review scores
Alternative Press4/5 stars[3]
Punknews.org4/5 stars[2]

Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes is the third studio album by American punk rock band AFI. It was released on November 11, 1997 through Nitro Records.


This is the first album to feature bassist Hunter Burgan, although he was not a permanent member at the time as well as the final album to feature founding guitarist Mark Stopholese. Future band member Jade Puget performed backing vocals for the album as well, making Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes the first AFI album the band's current members collaborated in. Nick 13 from American rock band Tiger Army is featured in the track "A Single Second", performing vocals in the chorus of the song.

A music video directed by Darren Doane and Ken Daurio was made for the track "Third Season." It features the band themselves sitting in a suburban town while a slew of children chase an ice cream truck.

The inner-edge of the album's CD case reveals the hidden message "A Fire Inside", a lyric from the introductory track "Keeping Out of Direct Sunlight". This is the first album to quote the phrase, which eventually became AFI's permanent acronym.

Track listing[]

All lyrics are written by Davey Havok; all music is composed by Adam and Mark, except where noted.

1."Keeping Out of Direct Sunlight (An Introduction)"0:58
2."Three Reasons"1:33
3."A Single Second"2:12
4."pH Low"1:42
5."Let It Be Broke"2:06
6."Third Season"2:48
7."Lower Your Head and Take It in the Body"1:46
8."Coin Return"2:33
9."The New Patron Saints and Angels"2:17
10."Three Seconds Notice"1:35
11."Salt for Your Wounds"2:24
12."Today's Lesson" (Filth; Filth cover)2:14
13."The Devil Loves You"1:30
14."Triple Zero"2:50
Total length:28:26
Vinyl bonus track
15."Last Caress" (Glenn Danzig; Misfits cover)2:00
Japanese bonus tracks
  • Mark
  • Dave
16."Key Lime Pie"AdamAdam0:37
Total length:30:26


Crs adapted from liner notes.[4]



  1. ^ a b "Shut Your Mouth & Open Your Eyes". All Media Network. AllMusic.
  2. ^ a b Shortychord (September 20, 2002). "Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes (1998)".
  3. ^ "AFI Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes". Alternative Press. June 22, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes (Liner notes). AFI. Nitro Records. 1997. 15815-2.CS1 maint: others (link)