"They're - they're these terrors. Kind of like - it feels like as if somebody was gripping my - They're these terrors. Kind of like, it feels like as if somebody was gripping my throat. Like last night. Uhm, they're not like tremors, they're worse than tremors. They're - they're these terrors. Like last night. Uhm, they're not like tremors, they're worse than tremors. They're - they're these terrors. Kind of like - it feels like as if somebody was gripping my throat and squeezing. And - it feels like as if somebody was gripping my throat..."

Some say
Now suffer all the children
And walk away a savior
Or a madman and polluted

From gutter institutions
Don't you breathe for me
Undeserving of your sympathy
'Cause there ain't no way that I'm sorry for what I did

And through it all
How could you cry for me?
'Cause I don't feel bad about it
So shut your eyes
Kiss me goodbye
And sleep
Just sleep
The hardest part
Is letting go of
Your dreams

A drink
For the horror that I'm in
For the good guys and the bad guys
For the monsters that I've been
Three cheers for tyranny
Unapologetic apathy
'Cause there ain't no way that I'm coming back again

And through it all
How could you cry for me?
'Cause I don't feel bad about it
So shut your eyes
Kiss me goodbye
And sleep
Just sleep
The hardest part's
The awful things that
I've seen

"Sometimes I see flames and sometimes I see people that I love dying and it's always - Sometimes I see flames and sometimes I see people that I love dying and it's always the same, it's always -"

Just sleep, just sleep
Just sleep, just sleep
Just sleep, just sleep
Wake up, wake up!
Wake up, wake up!
Wake up, wake up!
Wake up!

Oh, ah, oh, ah
Oh, ah, oh, ah
Oh, ah, oh, ah
Oh, ah, oh, ah

"And I can't - I can't ever wake up"


Lyrics submitted by A Red Hotel, edited by TurtleK99, SmashingDestiny

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  • +3
    Song MeaningActually, The song was written for Frank by Gerard. The whole hotel thing is true. It is actually Frank talking in the beggining, If you listen closely. Frank was having nightmares of people he loved dying, and he felt things at his thoat. Gerard wrote the song for him to help him go to sleep. How sweet XD
    RevengeAddicton March 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIs it possible that the lyrics are from the perspective of what he dreams of, from the terrors themselves? Just an idea.
    tistaytayon January 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI always thought that this song had to do with the war or wars in general. If you imagine that he's talking about being drafted off into you know, WWII or Vietnam and knows he's going to die, or "sleep" forever. I always interpreted the voice on the tape recorder a soldier talking about being attacked by a terrorist and seeing people attacked and killed, maybe being terrified by it. I like the song better if I imagine it's about war. It's got a great meaning if you read the lyrics thinking about war. Try it.
    Chezno12on April 05, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionTo me this song seems to be comparing real life to the horrors of Sleep Paralysis, which is probably what Frank was experiencing at night in the hotels.
    When in sleep paralysis you experience horrible things because your body begins to get scared and starts to make things appear in front of you while you are awake that should be in your dreams. Sometimes it can feel like you are dying because it is painful at times and other times you see horrible and disturbing things.
    Sometimes when you hear a loud noise or somebody moves your body you can wake up from sleep paralysis, thats what I picture the WAKE UP at the end being.

    I dunno if I am right but that's what it seems like to me.
    FarkM3Deadon September 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthere are several songs on this album relating to being in a hospital, on his deathbed. sleep, dead, the end, cancer. last night i watched a rerun of thier preformance of the black parade in mexico. he said it was the last preformance of the black parade they were ever gonna do. after the last song he shouted 'the black parade is dead!' that saddened me. ive heard haters say that but hearing gererd say is crushingly saddening....
    morekniveson October 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI tried my best, anyway it's a good song from the new album.
    A Red Hotelon October 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song and Famous Last words are my favorite songs on the album
    MCRluver17on October 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen the band was recording this album at The Paramour in...Los Angeles, I believe, Gerard would have these night terrors when he was trying to sleep. The band also said that they felt like dark spirits in the house were trying to stop them.
    The voice at the beginning is Gerard's, discussing exaclt what would happen to him when he had the night terrors.
    katiekutthroat89on October 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNight terrors makes me think of that Simpsons episode... "SNAKES!!! THE SNAKES!!!" *cough*
    But yeah, I agree with katiekutthroat89, that's basically what it's about. I don't see how it fits into the whole concept of The Patient going on that journey thing, though.
    Gaz_182on October 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGaz, that made me laugh really hard. Just putting that out there.

    I guess I could kinda see how this would fit in with a patient journey...but...eh...it's still kinda hard. I agree with B12, and besides, I think it's kinda best for us to leave it up to our imaginations. I love the parts with Gerard talking about the night terrors (SNAKES! SNAKES! AH!) at the beginning.

    You know at first I thought this song was about terrorISM- I have no clue how I got that but I did.
    XmYdAiLyCaNvAsXon October 23, 2006   Link

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