Well, it’s one in the morning and I can’t sleep at night-
I hear wolves around the doorstep -
They’re circling outside.
I count ‘em jumping over fences, and landing on the sheet
Now, it’s two in the morning and I can’t fall asleep.

It’s two in the morning and I can’t fall asleep-
There’s a wind in the willows
And it’s a howling down the street
I hear it picking up the garbage, gon’ fly it to the moon
Now it’s three in the morning better get some sleeping soon.

It’s three in the morning better get some sleeping soon-
I’m gonna count the numbers in the counselor’s room
And if I miss a beat, well, then it’s off with my head
Now it’s four in the morning and I’m twisting in my bed.

It’s four in the morning and I’m turning in my bed-
I wish I had a dream or a nightmare in my head,
So I drop my imagination and get some sleeping done
Now it’s five in the morning and I’m wishing it was one.


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    General CommentWow. Good song.

    I feel it's a communication basically of not being able to sleep because of everything in your mind, imagining there are wolves, hearing all these random noises, your mind having a hayday with you. And then when you fall asleep, suddenly, you miss that imagination you had.

    Kind of like a metaphor for like, when someone is depressed and then when their problems all heal up, they're bummed they have nothing to be depressed about anymore, even though at the time, being happy seem great.

    Haha, I know guys like that.

    Eh, feels like it could be a metaphor for much more.
    blueoftheskyon June 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis sounds to me like a cocaine comedown blues song.
    orphan_yachtson July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "sheep," not "sheet," referring to a person that is so bored of counting sheep jumping over the fence that instead they've broadened the biodiversity of their imagination to wolves jumping over the fence. This song is for all the insomniacs out there.
    r4eon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, definitely a song on insomnia. I can relate to being awake till five in the morning and "wishing it were one."

    Wishing even for a nightmare rather than still being awake is a cool image.
    thriggleon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely about someone who took some coke at one in the morning and is not able to fall asleep and he is beginning to come down around five and he is wishing that he never took the coke to begin with.
    Eatapch4pceon January 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song describes my life.
    I hardly ever sleep. it's terrible.
    I just lay in bed until about three or four am,
    then I get up at get ready for my day.
    anyway. this song is lovely.
    one of my favorites.
    sarahhlovesyouon February 02, 2009   Link

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