Can’t Tear Down The Walls



Can't Tear Down The Walls

by Donnie Schexnayder | Truth & Magic

Can’t Tear Down The Walls

Welcome to Day One of the Truth & Magic Experience!

This is one of those songs that feels kind of like a lightning strike…I don’t know if I could write another one like it even if I tried. It came from a unique place, and I love it because it so effectively outlines the lies we tell ourselves about who we are, and how we let the opinions of other people define us.

I’ve believed a lot of incorrect stuff about myself over the years, and I eventually got tired of letting other people dictate who I am. I started following the advice of author John Eldridge:

“Let people FEEL THE WEIGHT of who you are and let them DEAL WITH IT.”

How do you like me now, sucka? lol


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And here’s a “behind the scenes” video I put together for “Can’t Tear Down The Walls”…it tells the story of how the song came to be, along with some in-studio footage from when I recorded it. Make sure you watch all the way to the end to catch the gag reel. Tracking this song was a trip!


by Donnie Schexnayder | 2007 EP


I have a surprise for you today...this is an older song from my first 2-song EP, released back in 2007. This EP got a lot of awards and attention from a now-defunct music review site called Garageband.com (anybody remember that one?). Another interesting thing  - the EP was mastered by the same guy who did John Mayer's "Room For Squares" album.

The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory - life moves so fast that it feels like it's passing you by sometimes. I was in my early 30's when I wrote this, and it still feels true today. None of us have any guarantees about tomorrow, so we have to make the most of the time we have today.  We're all ALIVE, but how many of us truly LIVE? We'll unpack that idea some more over the next few days 🙂


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Here’s a crazy old video from back in 2004, right after I originally wrote this song. I was playing in a trio called Dry Rain with a couple of talented high school kids at the time. This old version sounds a LOT different than the final recorded version (I’ll let you decide which one you like the best).

You can definitely hear a lot of U2 influence in this clip. Looking back, I don’t think I should have went with that confusing fake ending (“do we clap now?” ha ha). Also, notice the minor cymbal snafu at around the 6:30 mark! lol

That’s all for Day One. 🙂 See you tomorrow!