"Sleeping Awake" as written by Noah Bernardo, Paul Sandoval and Mark Daniels....
Reveal; To me
The mystery
Can you tell me what it means?
Explain; These motions and metaphors
Unlocking secrets in me
Describe the vision
The meaning is missing
Won't anybody listen?

Define; The riddles of my mind
Nothing is really what it seems

Dreaming of Zion awake
Sleeping awake
Dreaming of Zion awake
Can't stop sleeping awake

Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can't stop sleeping awake
Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can't stop sleeping

Can you; See it?
The writing
Can you tell me what it means?
Translate; The symbols, enigma
Expressions keep questioning me
The message slips and the meaning is missing
Won't anybody listen?

Prophecy; Interpretate the signs
Nothing is really what it seems

Dreaming of Zion awake
Sleeping awake
Dreaming of Zion awake
Can't stop sleeping awake

Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can't stop sleeping awake
Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can't stop sleeping awake

Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can you dream like I dream?

Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Do you dream like I dream?
Anybody see me?
Anybody hear me?
Anybody feel me?
Anybody out there?

Dreaming of Zion awake
Sleeping awake
Dreaming of Zion awake
Can't stop sleeping awake

Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can't stop sleeping awake
Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can't stop sleeping awake
Anybody see me?
Anybody hear me?
Anybody feel me?
Anybody out there?


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"Sleeping Awake" as written by Noah Bernardo Mark Daniels

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about both Christianity AND the Matrix. The Matrix itself is a distilled version of Existential Philosophy, which is highly compatible with Christianity and was used by Soren Kierkegaard to capture Christianity's main beliefs. Also, Plato's metaphor, The Cave, sounds hauntingly like The Matrix.

    This relates to the experience both Neo and any Christian go through when they are presented with the Christian reality. They come to face that everything they've ever held to be true is just a loosely-held illusion.

    I've actually heard conversion described quite often like being roused from sleeping in a dream-world. You never look at anything the same way again, which captures Neo's point of view perfectly.

    As for the song being about Daniel, that's highly likely. There are a number of allusions in The Matrix to the book of Daniel, one of them being the name of Morpheus' ship, the Nebuchadnezzar. He was one of the kings that Daniel interpreted dreams for.
    exnihiloon February 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSonny wrote this song after reading the book of Daniel... in the Bible. The song and a certain part of Daniel are hauntingly similar.
    beau99on June 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with exnihilo - their are overtones of The Book of Daniel in this song (as well as in The Matrix). The lyrics - Can you see it?/ The writing/ Can you tell me what it means?/ Translate the symbols; enigma/ Expressions keep pushing me/ The message slips and the meaning is missing - refers the Daniel and Belshazzar's feast, in which a mysterious hand writes 'Mene, Mene (your time has come) Tekel (you have been weighed and found wanting), Upsharin (the time of your reign is over, and it shall be split between the Persians and the Medes)', and Daniel is called upon to translate their meaning.

    If we then follow the timeline of the Book of Daniel, then the first part of the song (before the above mentioned lyrics) deals with the Mad King, , who first creates a statue-idol made of 4 metals (which Daniel explains to have represented Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome - 4 kingdoms that will grow in power, starting with the Mad King's)which is crushed by a rock that turns into a huge mountain (signifying God's Kingdom).
    arrayon December 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about literally what it says. That we're all sleeping awake. That Zion is right in front of us. That everything in our lives points toward it. These motions and metaphors, expressions keep pushing me. It's a real place, and we're already in it.
    Mindsafireon July 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about literally what it says. That we're all sleeping awake. That Zion is right in front of us. That everything in our lives points toward it. These motions and metaphors, expressions keep pushing me. It's a real place, and we're already in it.
    Mindsafireon July 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Neo's dreams of Zion, and questioning if anyone is out there. This song is off of "The Matrix: Reloaded" soundtrack
    Liberateon July 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOr you could generalize it to refer to God in general. But I think the Matrix scenario is more likely.
    Thunderbolton April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe because it was writte for the matrix.....hmmm
    nolimitson May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdo you even know what zion is man?
    Xolomon June 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentZion is another word for Heaven...

    I'm a Christian, so I should know.
    beau99on June 05, 2004   Link

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