"Sleeper" as written by Anders Nystrom and Jonas Petter Renkse....
O my your fever's high
I lay my hands upon you
O my haven't you heard
The truth is untrue

Now I'm breathing
I could not breath until you did
I'm one second after you
Just a second after you

Someone inside your room
Who is it there behind you
What does he want from you

Sleeper what did you see
I close the window to the street
Paren't died and left their child
Unattented for a while

Sleeper's song will you listen to me sing
The bird is here I can see the edge of his wing
If you die now how can I then live on
Don't give up you must live on


Lyrics submitted by Disposition_987, edited by Mandragore

"Sleeper" as written by Jonas Petter Renkse Anders Nystrom

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    General CommentWell, I like your interpretations very much.
    I'm sure it's about a guy who is sitting with a sick person, who is probably dying. When I read this, I remembered when my mother was very ill and I looked after her.

    "Now I'm breathing
    I could not breath until you did
    I'm one second after you
    Just a second after you"

    That's what it's like when you hear that the sick person you care about stopped breathing for a moment. You hold your breath... wait one second... and then another... And when she breaths again, so do you. You are always a second after her.

    "Someone inside your room
    Who is it there behind you?
    What does he want from you?"

    I think he sees a dark figure of some sort, standing by the bed - it's Death, of course, but he doesn't know it, or doesn't want to realize it. That's why he asks "who is it? what does he want from you?" He knows damn well "who" and "what", but can't accept it.
    If you're still not sure about it, here is another line: "The bird is here, I can see the edge of his wing". So maybe it's not Death, but Angel Of Death? And he sees him as a bird.

    "Paren't died and left their child
    Unattented for a while"

    "If you die now how can I then live on"

    That's what I was affraid of, when I was much younger and my mother was sick. What will happen to me, if she dies? It's quite egoistic, actually...

    "Sleeper what did you see?"

    "Sleeper's song will you listen to me sing?"

    I think that the sick person is in the coma, and he is wondering if she can hear him, and what did she see in her "dream" (if I can describe coma this way).
    That's what I think. Could be wrong, but... I'm pretty sure I'm right.
    Anyways, great song.
    Patrixxxon June 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI personally think the song is about a person suffering from mental illness, maybe delusional disorder....

    I guess in the song the disease or rather the Voice(-s) in his head is speaking to him:

    "O my your fever's high
    I lay my hands upon you

    maybe shows, that the person is captured by the mental disease he has and suffers from it, which would explain the high fever but at the same time the disease seems to be the cure for it because of the "hands" which are sanatively laid upon him.

    "O my haven't you heard
    the truth is untrue"

    not really sure about this, but when you're struggling with psychosis as a sample you may lose touch with reality or seek refuge in your own.... so "the truth" can be replaced by "reality" and the voice is telling the man or wants to make him believe that reality like it is considered as true, is untrue.
    to not disregard that the voice is created by the man himself , so he is creating his own reality and is escaping to it.

    "Now I'm breathing
    I could not breath until you did
    I'm one second after you
    Just a second after you"

    ..shows that the disease the person has developed "is breathing" and cannot exist or survive without the person , its just shown the interaction or relation between person and his affliction- more exact that the disease only occurs because of the man is alive, but im wondering why it is read "one second after you", perhaps could be an allusive hint for paranoia because "to be after sb." also means "to haunt/chase sb."

    "someone inside your room
    Who is it there behind you
    What does he want from you"

    ehm..it does make sense, a symptom for psychosis, delusions of persecution...

    "Sleeper what did you see
    I close the window to the street
    Paren't died and left their child
    Unattented for a while"

    ...im really not sure about the meaning of this verse, but i think in the person's state of mind you perceive things as threat or danger and i feel the question "sleeper, what did you see" to be meant as intimidating, threatening as it is sung in the song.
    Also "i close the window to the street" could mean that the man is secluding himself from the world/ withdrawing in his room.
    the disease is causing (or even forcing?) that.
    but what's the matter with the parents? parents actually care for their children but when they die they cannot anymore, so message could be that the man doesnt have anyone who cares for him....

    in my opinion, generally the song deals with fears and anxiety, solitude, lonileness, helplessness, threat and death, aspects of a mental disease...
    for me, the chosen title "Sleeper" makes sense in this context,
    because a sleeping person is dreaming, breathing but not realizing, seems to be in another world and also has fears when he has got nightmares, so there is a connection to mental disorder also.
    Martagonon September 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds like it's about a girl who is his life, and he does everything as she does. The sleeper probably signifies death, as she is going to die soon, and he doesn't know how he can live on.
    Anilandon October 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally find it seems to connect to "Criminals" the next piece on the album. Just how he says :
    "Someone inside your room
    Who is it there behind you
    What does he want from you"

    and "If you die now how can I then live on"

    If you see criminals, when he says "He came back to your house
    I didn't take it as a promise
    Always thought it was a lie
    He went too far the fucker
    It's not like I owe him money
    This is different

    So gather your strength and break free
    Or you will surely die
    Gather your strength don't follow me
    'Cause I will surely die"

    It's almost as if the stories complement themselves...
    -ES-on February 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think that patrixxx is absolutely right... but about the bird i think that it's not an angel of death but it's a crow....cause it is believed that a crow caries souls to the otherworld...
    crimson_sonataon November 04, 2007   Link

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