Writhing in the opus
Never forget this
Reeling in the sweet grip
Never let this slip

Your eyes are yours to close
Never let go
Sleep is wrong
Sleep is wrong
Wrong
Sleep is wrong

When I grow up I'm never gonna sleep
When I grow up I'm never gonna cry
When I grow up I'm never gonna cry
When I go out...

Do not go gently
Into that good night
Rage against the
Dying of the light

Your eyes are yours to close
Never let go
Sleep is wrong
Sleep is wrong
Wrong
Sleep is wrong

When I grow up I'm never gonna sleep
When I grow up I'm never gonna cry
When I grow up I'm never gonna die
When I go out I'm never coming home

When I grow up I'm never gonna sleep
When I grow up I'm never gonna cry
When I go out I'm never coming home
When I grow up I'm never gonna die

When I grow up I'm never gonna sleep
When I grow up I'm never gonna cry
When I go out I'm never coming home
When I grow up I'm never gonna die


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    General CommentThe official lyrics in the booklet say 'Writhing in the old bliss'. So maybe it should be editted.
    Twilight31on April 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentevery other website on the internet says "Writhing in the old bliss," but i swear he's saying "Writhing in the opus."
    elfrijolon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't really know what this song is about, or much about the band, but they're sick. People need to start posting here because Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is Amazing, if you don't belive me then listen to 1997 than whatever else. Anyways, i think this song has to do how we are raised in a way to work all the time, work hard, and not slack off. Sleep could be seen as a metaphor for resting or relaxing or something that isn't doing work, and since it isn't work, it's wrong. The never gonna cry or die parts work with that too, but i don't understand the never coming home - maybe running away from home? - anyways, i don't know and i would appreciate some feedback if anyone at all knows anything about this band.
    Drummah_Boihon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know elfrijol, "Writhing in the old bliss" matches better grammatically or whatever with "Reeling in the sweet grip." Also, "old bliss" is something you presumably would "never forget" ...opus just seems wrong.
    holkaon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis band is crazy.woooooooooooooooo
    frodo103on May 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentin response to Drummah Boih, i agree with your whole theory, but maybe it's more of a family issue, i.e. making your father proud by never sleeping, never slacking off from work, never crying, never dying, until one day you crack, run away and don't return.

    either that or it's like, 'when i go out to work i'm never coming home to rest, i will remain at my job.'

    DISCUSS.
    nagsworthon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the second idea of yours, nagman.
    I'm now listening to this song for the first time. I can barely find anything of theirs on Limewire, I only got this and A Hymn To The Morning Star. Great stuff.
    Invader Z?on June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that growing up is a euphemism for death, and sleeping is possibly rebirth. just my thoughts though, and if you ask me to prove something then you should commit suicide. there's no agreement, just interpretation. be original.
    Esotericaon December 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI got three opinions. First is an extension on what Drummah Boih said but, "When I go out I'm never coming home" means that the day a person goes to get a job, he will never come home the same person. He's a new person, motivated by work.

    Second is that the whole thing's about nightmares or otherwise being scared to go to sleep:
    Writhing in the old bliss/reeling in the sweet grip - having pain in dreams.
    Your eyes are yours to close - someone is being tempted to sleep through trying to stay awake so long they've grown too tired.
    When I grow up I'm never gonna sleep - childish thoughts that it's possible to avoid nightmares by simply not sleeping.
    When I go out I'm never coming home - once the nightmare starts, it's gonna take a huge fright to shake yourself outta the dream.

    Or perhaps, this song is about someone who is very close to dying:
    Writhing in the old bliss - a lot of pain
    Reeling in the sweet grip - "reeling in" is a term in fishing ... getting closer to the sweet grip = death
    Your eyes are yours to close - the minute you close your eyes you're submitting to death but that temptation is always there when you're in agony.
    When I go out I'm never coming home - once you're dead you're never coming back
    Do not go gently - fight on to survive
    Sleep is wrong - when you give up you die
    WoodenApeon June 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh and something else - anyone else feel that the groans/noises at the start sounds startling like the noises the woman makes in the Grudge?
    WoodenApeon June 16, 2008   Link

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