"Sleeping In" as written by and Johan Duncanson....
Sleeping when the day breaks
Dreaming as the evening falls
He's got no more headaches
Leaving us with empty walls
The last of many efforts

I know it's not my place
But I don't even wonder why
What commitment
What grace
To just refuse to be alive


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"Sleeping In" as written by Johan Duncanson

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    General CommentI cant believe this has no comments. This is one of my favorite Radio Dept. songs.
    ahhh_meliaon May 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat could it mean? Someone of his frends died? And the author on the contrary wuold give the last just to stay alive, although things are not going that well in his life(I know it's not my place
    But I don't even wonder why )?
    fireenergy2005on February 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat I see is a friend committed suicide, "He's got no more headaches / Leaving us with empty walls". Sleeping can be a euphemism for death, especially when he's said to be sleeping from morning to night. Also, the perspective this is told from says they don't wonder why, instead they say "what commitment / what grace / to just refuse to be alive"--like how some people talk up (or down) those who have died.
    snarkinesson March 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure if the friend committed suicide- the song reminds me a lot of The Hours by Michael Cunningham and the relationship between Richard Brown and Clarissa Vaughn. Richard is depressed and Clarissa tries to throw a party for him so he can recognize the beauty and joys of life, but Richard still seems to stay defeated by the hours and the worlds sorrows.
    The first stanza however does show signs of suicide because the last line says 'last of many efforts' meaning the persons final thing done in life. The second stanza shows that the speaker justifies the suicide because he says 'I know it's not my place but i don't even wonder why" proving that he accepts it and knows there is a reason behind whatever is going on.
    henriquez508on August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about someone trying to get their depressed friend to do something instead of sitting and sulking.
    dfielderon April 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSo simple and yet so beautiful. Describes The radio dept overall i guess.
    yesterdaysjokeon December 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely, this song sounds like somebody who has killed themselves. An epitaph for that person with a wonderment of how anybody could ever possibly do that: "What commitment, what grace to just refuse to be alive!" It's ridiculously sad because it's from the perspective of not only a friend, but somebody who has never understood what it means to be suicidally depressed, so he feels at an impasse when it comes to judging this dead friend's actions.
    Anilandon July 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, maybe it has to do with a male commiting suicide or simply giving up because everything overwhelmed him
    samvgmon July 19, 2012   Link

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