"Be My Escape" is a Relient K song that abandons lead singer Matt Thiessen
's typical comedic style in favor of more emotional, serious lyrics. It grapples with self-doubt and the need for redemption, themes that fall in line with the band's Christian faith, a recurring element in their music.
The lyrics are written almost like a letter. A weary narrator admits that the world has broken him down, leaving him exhausted and dispirited. He confesses to and apologizes for many bad choices, and asks the person he's talking to to forgive him and "be his escape." Due to the way the lyrics are written, it isn't quite made clear who Thiessen is singing to, though the band's frequent religious overtones make it likely that it's God.
The song was released on the band's fourth album, 2005's MMHMM. In an interview with MTV, Matt Thiessen said that it represented a much more mature, serious direction for the band. "We were hoping our fans were willing to grow up a bit with us," he said. "We took a bit of a chance with this record, honestly."
The guitar solo from the song was used in the 2006 Men's US Open Tennis Championship.
An acoustic version, featuring a mandolin, released on the band's 2005 Apathetic EP.
Matt Thiessen has said that he's slightly unhappy with the track's music video, which features the band playing in front of a blue screen. Particularly, he wished that there were more animated effects in it.
The song received two Dove Award nominations: one for best Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, and one for best Short Form Music Video of the Year.