Close your eyes, and I will be swimming
Lullabies fill your room, and I will be singing
Singing to only you
Dont forget I'll hold your head
Watch the night sky fading red

But as you sleep, and no one is listening
I will lift you off your feet, I'll keep you from sinking
Don't you wake up yet, cause soon I'll be leaving you
Soon I'll be leaving you, but you won't be leaving me

In the car, the radio leaves me searching for your star
A constellation of frustration driving hard
Singing my thoughts back to me, and watching heartache on TV

But as you sleep, and no one is listening
I will lift you off your feet, I'll keep you from sinking
Don't you wake up yet, cause soon I'll be leaving you,
Soon I'll be leaving you
But you won't be leaving me

Don't forget I'll hold your head, watch the night sky fading red

But as you sleep, and no one is listening
I will lift you off your feet, I'll keep you from sinking
Don't you wake up yet, cause soon I'll be leaving you
Soon I'll be leaving you, but you won't be leaving me


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    General Commentbut is the love returned? i wonder...and i can see it both ways. he speaks about what he'll do and feel and the only thing he says about her is "but you won't be leaving me". that doesn't even really mean she likes him...it could just means he likes her. so i think it's unclear whether it's unrequited love or not...what do you think?
    punkrockchick217on April 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI listened to this song alot in my car and the pictures that would come to my mind had a surreal, dream-like quality to it. When I listen to this song I think about a man who is watching his loved one lying in critical condition (and in pain) in a hospital bedroom.

    -"Close your eyes, and I will be swimming
    -Lullaby's fill your room, and I will be singing
    -Singing to only you
    -Dont forget I'll hold your head
    -Watch the night sky fading red..."

    His loved one is dying and as she begins to close her eyes and "sleep", the image of the man shimmers and waves away (like they do in the movies). Then, she passes away as she watches "the night sky fading red...".

    [Chorus]
    -"But as you sleep, and no one is listening
    -I will lift you off your feet, I'll keep you from sinking
    -Don't you wake up yet, cause soon I'll be leaving you,
    -Soon I'll be leaving you
    -But you won't be leaving me..."

    When he sat in the hospital room, he tried to comfort her. He told her not to wake up, because when she passes away she wouldn't be in pain any longer. As his loved one passes away, he tells her that even though he's leaving her (because she dies), he says "you won't be leaving me..."

    -"In the car, the radio leaves me searching for your star
    -A constellation of frustration driving hard
    -Singing my thoughts back to me, and Watching -heartache on TV"

    It's a clear night and as he drives home from the hospital, not even the radio can keep his mind off her. He then looks up at the sky through the windshield. In the space of it all, he feels small as he realizes he is all alone now.

    Yah, if I directed this song's music video I would use this as a theme. But, that's how this song makes sense to me.
    fanofunaon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfanofuna -- u, by far, analyzed this song to a certain extent that is VERY uncommon.. lol.. that was freakin great! there needs to be more people like you.. lol..
    Volion May 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningwhen i hear this song. it makes me think of those moments right before you leave someone. when you try to way out the good and the bad. how you want to fix things how you want to save the relationship. and he doesnt want them to wake up yet. because thats when it all becomes real? when its all over.
    magaglowon April 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI enjoy this song, I've sang it to my girlfriend before to positive reactions, good stuff.
    Godzockeyon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's nice - however, lets talk about the song. It's obviously how he feels about a girl. He talks about how he is going to have to leave (for tour maybe?) but she won't leave him. He talks about how he is going to be there for her "Don't forget I'll hold your head."
    animated456on April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is amazing. Everytime i hear it, i think about the guy that i like, who i cant see..at all. So when i feel sad or something, i listen too this song and it makes me think about that one guy.
    MoshMe84on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it is unrequited. He tells her not to wake, like maybe he does not want her to know how he feels about her. They may be friends. And what he means by "you won't be leaving me" I think he means she will always be on his mind/heart.
    Rocklovinggirlon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General Comment?
    Adeon April 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentstop searching forever. happiness is just next to you.
    BrandNewBoardshortson April 25, 2004   Link

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