here we go around the world
we spin around on the turnstiles
we create

here we are in caravan
blinders up high were the dreamers

and don't forget you're the only one
(you're the only one)
you hold your kite on a string

don't sleep too long
cause everything you need is right here
don't sleep too long
pleasant dreams but please don't sleep too long
everything you need is right here
don't sleep too long
pleasant dreams but please don't sleep too long

here we are in candyland
one million dreams are realizing everyday
here we are in apples corps
four million feet walk right by me everyday
here we are in old New York
ten million eyes stare right through me

and don't forget you're not the only one
(not the only one)
who turned your life all around?


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NYC-25 song meanings
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  • +2
    My InterpretationYeah if you've ever done acid the entirety of this album relates to the experience pretty strongly.
    Holding your kite on a string? Your mind on acid is so elevated, but you're still tethered to reality. Gotta come back to Earth.

    Pleasant dreams but please don't sleep too long

    Being on acid is a nice dream, but everything you'll ever need exists in the world, don't need acid to enjoy it. My interpretation anyway.
    Jezeahon November 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSo, essentially I think this song is about life and existence.

    In the verses song the narrator guides us through his thoughts while he travels around, experiencing the world through his perspective (the only reality we can ever really know). Touring in a van, walking around NYC, contemplating the complexities of existence all while, perhaps, tripping on acid.

    And while the narrator acknowledges the importance of these insights and experiences (these dreams), but he also stresses that what you'll find what you really need and what's most important right here, in ordinary everyday life. Acid and psychedelic drugs are great, but don't spend too much time trying to escape the one life you have while you have it.

    Also in the bridges he stresses two things in particular:

    1. YOU and only you are in control of your anchor in reality. You gotta know when to bring that kite back to the earth.
    2. So many people have contributed to the person who you are today: parents, siblings, teachers, friends, strangers on the bus stop. Think of all the good conversations you've had with people who love and care about you. You owe it to these people to be present in reality. Don't burn out and spend all your time in la-la land, your family and friends need you just as much as you need them.

    TL;DR Acid is great, but it's not something to be indulged in all of the time and it's certainly not what's most important.
    ghostboyon January 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentstrawberry fields forever? i get that from this song. about living your life, not just sleeping through it/walking around mindlessly and not appreciating the little things...
    thegirlmostlovelyon October 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just stumbled upon this song...and it is sooo pretty. i can't stop listening to it.
    gregofmontrealon February 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just stumbled upon this song...and it is sooo pretty. i can't stop listening to it.
    gregofmontrealon February 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLSD-25
    Falling Fellon February 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is just about dreams. Dreams are much more beautiful, and incredible than real life. Unfortunately, if we waste our lives dreaming, then we can't exactly accomplish our dreams.

    I just get that from the chorus "everything you need is right here."
    HurricaneAKon January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLast song on the album...although the LSD reference is probably not accidental, I think it's got more to do with where the remaining lead character (Olivia) is, almost 20 years after the earthquake. She's in New York City (the "Big Apple (corps)" now, in 1925, thinking back to everything that transpired before (and after) the earthquake.
    thermo4on March 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAcid.
    dihnekison June 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm just going to go ahead any say that it's about self-responsibility.

    "and don't forget you're the only one
    (you're the only one)
    you hold your kite on a string"

    You control your life completely. They remind us to not sleep to long, because there is an apparent reality.

    There's probably something else in there about realizing dreams.
    Perhaps Panon November 04, 2008   Link

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