"I'm Not Sleeping" as written by Daniel John Vickrey, Ben Mize, Matthew Malley, Charles Gillingham, David Bryson and Adam Duritz....
She comes to me at night when I'm sleeping
She comes to me when I'm alone
She comes to me She holds my head when I'm crying
She comes to me She shuts my eyes
She brings me home

But I'm not sleeping anymore

She tells me when you look at me She tells me when you're lying
She tells me when you talk about me She lays me on the floor
She tells me when you're whispering She lies beside me naked
She tells me when you laugh at me
and she locks all the doors

But I'm not sleeping anymore

1-2-3-4-5-6-7a.m.
All alone again
But I've been through all this shit before
Spend my nights in self defense
Cry about my innocence
But I ain't all that innocent anymore

I see her on the TV I see her in the movies
I see her in these animals that dance inside my head
I'll follow you down baby Down into this valley
I'll follow you down baby But I won't come up again

But I'm not sleeping anymore



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"I'm Not Sleeping" as written by Ben G Mize Adam Fredric Duritz

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    General Commentelizabeth is a real person, your'e thinking of MARIA i think.
    because adam says he alone in this song, it seems more like this girl that comes to him at night is all in his head. he imagines her coming to sit next to him and all that... and it just makes him feel more alone
    sambo28on May 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's probably wrong, but i've always thought this song is about him going through a nervous breakdown, i think the girl is maybe someone who he dated who was a tv star (maybe monica or rachel from freinds), but it's not really her, it's him dreaming, when he's lying in bed, it's so quiet and he gets all this time to think and so he imagines her with all his emotions she is telling him that everyone is against him and is laughing at him, making him paranoid, making him angry and possibly even suicidal. it all adds to the crap floating through his mind in life, how sad he is, how angry he is and how scared and mixed up he is, and the girl is adding to it, thats why he says he's not sleeping anymore, because he's overcome the worst of his breakdown and he's now on the mend, so because he's not sleeping, she can't hurt him, he also says about following her down through a valley, and he'll follow her down but won't come up again, basically meaning that following her down will bring him further and further into depression and self pity that he'll get beyond help, but he opts against that and this song is about coming out the other end. Does anyone agree with this? or am i speaking crap?
    mattstfcon August 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is probably my favorite CC song, although I love them all. I've never seen anything on sites like annabegins.com but I'll tell you what I think it means. This song is one of the most in depth crows songs ever. It is about an amazing girl who the guy in the song screwed up with. In the verse he describes the qualities about her that make her a great girl. "She comes to me at night when I'm alone/ She comes to me she holds my head...when I'm crying." Then in the chorus he describes how he screwed up. "But I'm not sleeping anymore." After the second chorus and the third are my favorite parts where the guy in the song just breaks apart and loses it. It's so artistic because the instrumentals become as hysterical as the singer and it just flows (or doesn't flow) so perfectly. In the end the guy kinda says that he'll make it, though. Learn from his mistakes and move on "I'm goin; out that door."
    If anyone has any info I'd like to hear whether or not this song is another about Elizabeth. The "I'm not sleeping part." reminds me of the song "I wish I was girl" which is about Elizabeth.
    divicanon July 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBy the way, the lyrics at the end read:

    Rain, rain, go away
    Come again some other day
    Cuz I've got all this shit to say
    But I'm going back to find my way
    My sister's mother's favorite son
    Lost among the chosen ones
    But I've got news for everyone
    Cuz I'm going out that door
    divicanon September 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentelizabeth isn't an actual person. she's Adam as a girl.
    shescreamson April 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmaybe its just me but this song may be about monica potter again, just like mrs potter's lullaby. "i see her on tv, i see her in the movies" i dont know
    dash-con June 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is probaly wrong.., but this song makes me think the girl is his conscience..or someone he dreams of or that he wants people to be. pppl who dont hide anything and dont have any part of them covered up. someone who has everything out there (she lays beside me naked). And he only dreams about her when he sleeps, but when he wakes up, he realizes that people arent like that (im not sleeping anymore) and it gets him all sad and whatnot. but yep thats just my opinion.
    imnotur_starxon January 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, I see this song very differently. I think that the girl is someone he thought loved him, but she was actually cruel and devious. The song is about finally realizing what she is. It starts out "she comes to me at night, when I'm sleeping..." Then he goes on to describe the ways she comforts him, seduces him.... and tells him that his friends aren't really. ("she tells me when you look at me, she tells me when you're lying", etc.) In the end, he "wakes up", and decides he doesn't want to go back to that, that he's alone and it sucks. But he's been through it before, and even if he misses the way it was when he was naive, he isn't going back to that.
    AprilBeginson November 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentok, i'm confusing myself trying to interpret this all so i'm just going to say i think the 'you' is the girl he's currently with and 'she' is someone who's already in love with him and believes he would be better off with her so she's like poisoning him against his girl. he cheats with this girl and ends up losing them both and that's when he wakes up and realises what an arse he's been (i'm not sleeping anymore, i ain't all that innocent anymore) i think when he says "i see her on the t.v, movies, in my head" it means he can't forget what he's done to these girls and how he behaved. i just love how you can interpret songs just about any way you want.
    ---twigs---on March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is all about his depression and how uncomfotable he is about becoming famous. I have put "---" before my analysis of what he has written.

    Summary: “She” refers to his depression. He has personified his sadness.

    She comes to me at night when I'm sleeping
    --- He wakes up in the morning depressed, hence, she (the depression) has come at night.

    She comes to me when I'm alone
    --- It’s pretty apparent here that “she” is not a real person. How would he otherwise be alone?

    She comes to me she holds my head when I'm crying
    She comes to me she shuts my eyes
    --- Anyone who has been truly depressed knows that depression has a comforting quality. He accepts his sadness for what it is and the depression quiets him- “holds my head why I’m crying.”

    She brings me home
    ---- The depression brings him back down to realty. To who he really is- home.


    But I'm not sleeping anymore anymore
    But I'm not sleeping anymore anymore
    --- Depression often causes insomnia.


    She tells me when you look at me she tells me when you're lying
    She tells me when you talk about me she lays me on the floor
    She tells me when you're whispering, she lies beside me naked
    --- Here, his depression has made him paranoid. “You” are just the general public. He is suffering trying to deal with becoming famous.

    She tells me when you laugh at me and she locks all the doors
    --- His depression/paranoia has made him anti-social at this point. “She locks all the doors”- his depression is keeping him locked inside his house. He does not want to go outside and face “you”, all the people talking, whispering, etc.

    But I'm not sleeping anymore, anymore
    But I'm not sleeping anymore, anymore
    1-2-3-4-5-6-7a.m.
    All alone again
    But I've been through all this shit before
    --- He has been dealing with this on-again, off-again depression and loneliness for a while.

    Spend my nights in self defense
    Cry about my innocence
    But I ain't all that innocent anymore, more, more
    --- As he becomes famous, he does more exploring, dating, drinking, etc. and is losing his innocence. He is upset and regretful about the things he has been doing- maybe sleeping around.

    I see her on the TV, I see her in the movies
    I see her in these animals that dance inside my head
    ---“Her” is still his depression. He feels like his depression is following him everywhere. He can’t get rid of it. He sees... feels it all the time, everywhere.

    I'll follow you down baby, down into this valley
    I'll follow you down baby, but I won't come up again
    --- Here, he talks directly to his depression. He is saying, ‘Yes, I will get depressed again. But next time it might be so bad that I may not survive it.’ He may commit suicide.

    But I'm not sleeping anymore, anymore
    But I'm not sleeping anymore, anymore
    I'm not sleeping
    I'm not sleeping anymore

    Rain, rain, go away
    Come again some other day
    Cuz I've got all this shit to say
    But I'm going back to find my way
    My sister's mother's favorite son
    Lost among the chosen ones
    But I've got news for everyone
    Cuz I'm going out that door
    --- He is fighting back against his sadness. He is pretty much saying he won’t let it rule his life anymore. He will not let it drag him down so far that he "can't get back up." He is going to stand up and fight. “I’m going out that door”- Maybe the same door his depression had “locked” earlier in the song. He’s saying he will go back out into the public and continue to do what he does best, write songs and perform.


    Just my two cents. As other people have posted, there are numerous ways to interpret this song. That's what is so great about GOOD songwriting- the real meaning/purpose isn't always staring you in the face.
    she_isnton July 03, 2007   Link

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