Eyes open, awake for the very first time
He is no longer blinded by the bullshit and can see all of these issues going on in the song (racism, violence, unprotected sex).
Or, Because the song is written “A Wake”, it’s a double entendre. He’s awakening by stepping out of his old ways, but he’s also calling it a wake because he’s putting his old life to rest, just as someone does at a wake ceremony, or funeral.
It also could mean he’s trying to bring up and address these issues to more people and society, creating a wake in a society characterized by blind general conformity.
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