"Trouble Sleeping" as written by and John Douglas Francis Reader....
I'm having trouble sleeping
You're jumping in my bed
Twisting in my head
Leave me

I'm having touble breathing
You're sitting on my chest
I sure could use the rest
Leave me

It's you
Why's it always you and never me
Never dared to let my feelings free
Why's it always you and never me
Never cared too much for honesty

I'm having trouble sleeping
I'm thinking of what you said
Of all the tears being shed
Leave me

It's you
Why's it always you and never me
Never dared to let my feelings free
Why's it always you and never me
Never cared too much for honesty

It's you
Now and always you but never me
Never dared to let my feelings free
Why's it always you and never me
Never cared too much for honesty


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"Trouble Sleeping" as written by John Douglas Francis Reader

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    My Interpretationafter a while of thinking, for some reason i came up with my own interpretation: he's the "other man" in this girl's relationship.
    { i'm having trouble sleeping
    you’re jumping in my bed
    twisting in my head
    leave me }
    she's leaving him before the night's over, disrupting his sleep in her hurry to gather her clothes or something. he knows she's going, but instead of doing anything he just lays there and lets her leave.

    { i’m having trouble breathing
    you’re sitting on my chest
    i sure could use the rest
    leave me }
    he's falling in love with her, which isn't good because she's still someone else's lover. he can't handle the thought, and wants to rest instead of having to put up with her and the guilt every night. wishes she would leave because he can't.
    { it’s you
    why’s it always you
    and never me? }
    he's complaining about how her boyfriend/whomever always gets her in the end, while she just disappears after too-short nights and it's never him who has her heart.

    { i've never dared to let
    my feelings free }
    how he's never said "i love you" because she might just leave him, or something.

    { ... i’ve never cared
    too much about honesty }
    he doesn't care about the lying and cheating she does, i guess.

    { i'm having trouble sleeping
    i’m thinking of what you said
    about the tears been shed
    leave me }
    they might have had a fight or something, and he lashed out.

    { it’s you
    now and always you
    but never me ... }
    he's ended it with the girl, maybe, and now it's always her lover who'll have her, without him being in the way.

    (i have another interpretation, where his lover got into an accident and died after an argument. he blames himself and keeps having nightmares where she dies in them, but it's never him in her place.)
    fareon December 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti really hate how people seem to classify this song as an "O.C" song.
    Sure the show had some good music, but really this song is more then just an O.C song.
    Token.M.on January 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about unrequited love, and the devastation you feel when they tell you they love someone else.
    and you can never tell them because you are scared of rejection and wishing with all you're heart that you didn't love them...

    "I’ve never cared
    too much about honesty"

    ... but hey, thats just from experience.
    pureimaginationon April 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this song doesn't have to do with a breakup with a girl- I mean it most likely does- cause thats what its like these days, all love songs. Well, I see it this way:

    especially this lyric: It’s you, why’s it always you and never me?

    This reminds me of me and my sister. She's stunning. Everyone thinks she is. She's got big curly blond hair, she's tall and skinny, she's outgoing and funny. Everyone loves her. Reading this- your probably in love her as well. She like... puts you under a spell. And its ALWAYS her. I'm always second best. I'm living in her shadow.

    So its always about her, and never me. Plus, I have quite a lot of trouble sleeping lol... no joke... :D
    CharlieTheBlackCaton December 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow the hell has no 1 commented on this song.. let alone any of these!!!!! dude this song is freakin amazing.. get the OC mix 2!!!...
    SuCkEr4AcOuStIcon December 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe OC Mix is really good! All the songs have meanings. As for this song...
    This guy is trying to sleep but he keeps letting things bother him. I think him and his girlfriend might have broken up, "i'm thinking of what you said.."
    _unpredictable_on January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti also heard this on the oc mix, and instantly it stood out to me as one of the best songs. can't wait to order the cd when i can find it for less than $35 hah.
    zhockey7on January 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow i also heard this song on the oc mix 2. all those songs on the cd are awesome. i think this song is about a breakup too.
    jenazababon February 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow i have a good idea about what this song is about. ok this guy who is singing has just lost a loved one, probably his wife or girlfriend. when he says
    "I’m having trouble sleeping
    You’re jumping in my bed
    Twisting in my head
    Leave me

    I’m having trouble breathing
    You’re sitting on my chest
    I sure could use the rest
    Leave me"
    i think this means that he feels her prescence with him, sitting on his chest and jumping on his chest.
    when he says
    "It’s you
    Why’s it always you
    and never me?
    I’ve never dared to let
    my feelings free
    Why’s it always you
    and never me?
    I’ve never cared
    too much about honesty"
    i think he feels responsible for her death. especially when he says "why is it always you and never me" i think he wishes that he could have taken her place.
    just a thought, it makes sense though.
    jenazababon February 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm... here's *one* possibility about a line in this song....

    "whys it always you and never me"

    u know that classic break-up line - 'it's not you, its me'? well i think mayb it could be a reference to that - and the singer is asking why he is always the one that ppl are leaving....

    "its you, now and always you, but never me"

    just a thought :)
    [girl]on February 26, 2005   Link

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