"Sleeper 1972" as written by and Andy Hull....
When my dad died
The worms ate out both his eyes
His soul flew right up in the sky
I cried myself to sleep

My mother lies
Alone on her back at night
Adding up hours till her demise
She counts herself to sleep

When my sister finds
My body closed up like the blinds
I tell her I promise, it's fine
But she cries herself to sleep

The men in black ties
Arrive at the house in surprise
To find a little girl by your side
In the wood box where you're sleeping

I still see you
Inside of this god-awful house
You move awfully quiet now
And I still feel you everywhere

You told me
This has always been worth livin'
But what's really worth
Living anymore?



Lyrics submitted by dorothydreams

"Sleeper 1972" as written by Andy Hull

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Sleeper 1972 song meanings
Add your thoughts

30 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +3
    General CommentI cried during this song the first time I heard it.
    northamnestion August 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about a gruesome dream andy had about his dad dying..his dad isn't really dead
    andshoteachotheron April 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe thing says what the song means to you, so here is what it means to me. When I first listened to this song I cried because it was a sad song, but after my parents divorce I cry because I found new meaning in it. It describes everything so perfectly. So here's my interpretation verse by verse:

    "When my dad died,
    the worms ate out both his eyes.
    His soul flew right up in the sky.
    I cried myself to sleep."

    For me, my biological dad is still alive, but everything that made him "daddy" disappeared a when he cheated on my mom and ruined my life. So I think of the person that was "daddy" as dead, and the person that's still here is just a shell, the worms ate out his insides and his soul flew away.

    "When my mother lies
    alone on her back at night,
    adding up hours 'til her demise,
    she counts herself to sleep."

    I can here my mom crying every night before she falls alseep. Counting up the seconds until she has to be awake again.

    "When my sister finds
    my body closed up like the blinds,
    I tell her I promise it's fine.
    She cries herself to sleep."

    My little sister is usually the one who finds me crying and I always promise I'm okay, that "it's fine." But it always makes her cry anyway, when she thinks I can't hear her.

    "The men in the black ties
    arrive at the house in surprise,
    to find a little girl by your side,
    the wood box where you're sleeping."

    The person in the box is my dad, and the little girl is the little girl that died when my dad did all of the awful things he did to my life. They're both dead now.

    "I still see you
    inside of this god awful house.
    You move awfully quiet now.
    And I still feel you everywhere."

    I keep seeing the person that was my dad everywhere in the house I grew up in. I see it in my sister's smile, in the record collection he left behind and sometimes I still see him in that shell of a person that I call my father. Sometimes I swear I can hear him singing me to sleep still.

    "You told me this has always been worth living.
    What's really worth living anymore?"

    This verse just really describes how I feel about everything to do with this situation. I'm so sick of everything, nothing makes me happy anymore.

    ~

    So there is my interpretation. It's kind of a personal interpretation so I don't expect people to agree or even take the time to read it. I just want to put it out there to show what a great band Manchester Orchestra is, in the fact that different people can find so many seperate meanings in their songs. Andy is a lyrical genius. Their music has gotten me through everything.
    Deannannaon September 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"You told me this has always been worth living.
    What's really worth living anymore?"

    i relate to that all too well. :[
    mustbelongsomewhereon April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, it looks to me like his dad died, and the song is about how his dad's death is affecting his family. And how it's making him depressed. It's a great song, really.
    TaylorIson April 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentvision he had, not a dream. a very vivid vision, at that.

    if you go to their youtube and watch podcast 26, you'll see it.
    __angieslaughteron April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I was amazed
    I am absolutely head over heels for this group.

    The whole Im like a Virgin albulm was mind-blowing
    This is one of the songs that made me stop what I was doing to start the song over and listen to it again.

    Killer cd and I highly recommend it.
    oh.emilyon December 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are only two songs, that I can remember, that have ever made me cry – this song and “The No Seatbelt Song” by Brand New.
    I can't necessarily relate to losing someone I'm very close to, but I can totally relate to the hopelessness in the song. The line "You told me this has always been worth living/ What's really worth living anymore?
    boyslikebulletson February 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are only two songs, that I can remember, that have ever made me cry – this song and “The No Seatbelt Song” by Brand New.
    I can't necessarily relate to losing someone I'm very close to, but I can totally relate to the hopelessness in the song. The line "You told me this has always been worth living. What's really worth living anymore?" breaks me down.
    boyslikebulletson February 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentListening to this song while driving is very sedative
    faria443on May 18, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain