"Sleep When I'm Dead" as written by Robert James Smith, Jason Toop Cooper, Simon Gallup and Porl Thompson....
[Chorus]
Sleep when I'm dead, you angels
I'll sleep when I'm dead, I said
Sleep when I'm dead, you angels
I'll sleep when I'm dead, I said

Sleep when I'm dead, you angels
Well until then

Told me I could run the world
If I kept it clean
Told me I could be the chosen one
If I took one for the team
And it's the only way to be
Never think it isn't fair
It's a green-eyed panic (pride?)
To the edge of nowhere

Give it to the chick
And see if it ticks
Give it to the (kid?)
See if it sticks
Give it to the wonderful, wonderful me
I'll let you know on my return just how it is
with all the other boys and girls

The whole fucking other world
The way they grew to (be?)
(The love they feel about me?)

[Chorus]

Told me I could run the world
If I kept it quiet
They said I could be the man
If I took it out of sight
So in a monkey suit of (pins?)
Having fun with all your friends
How a casual (act can pull?)
All this world to pieces

Give it to the (bunny? bonnie?)
And see if she kicks
Give it to the (puppy?)
See if it sticks
Give it to the wonderful, wonderful me
I'll let you know when I return on how it is
with all the other boys and girls

The whole fucking other world
The way they feel inside
The why they never make it (by?)
The way they are inside
The why I never take the time
The way they are inside
The why I never act surprised
Yeah, just how it is

[Chorus: x2]

Well until then

I may as well be tired, I think
Before I lay me down to dream


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"Sleep When I'm Dead" as written by Porl Thompson Jason Toop Cooper

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    General CommentI read RS wrote this as he wanted for years to say what he felt strongly about. He said he was tired of people telling him what to do, and that it was time he said what he strongly felt about. Could be about fans trying to tell him how to live his life: I'll sleep when im dead you angels (angels=fans). It also sounds like perhaps people also trying to preach to him about life after death, and as we know RS well, he's a good firm atheist. He's telling them to fuck off basically!
    seanstuarthomeon October 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI want to live before I die.
    nifon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough."
    - benjamin franklin
    laurelinwyntreon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTry riding the bass line... feel the carefully placed mutes. Notice where they're placed... for instance under the word "Dead..." Very cool.
    MurderRapeLoveon November 01, 2008   Link
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    General Comment(As he sings "sleep when I'm dead" there are 3 quick bass mutes, the first two are light, and then the third is held just long enough for you to notice.)
    MurderRapeLoveon December 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI heard the Gerard Way remix of this and WOW! I luv the synthesizer sound or woteva it is. Wot a gr8 remix.
    SarahLundon January 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI heard the Gerard Way remix of this and WOW! I luv the synthesizer sound or woteva it is. Wot a gr8 remix.
    SarahLundon January 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI heard the Gerard Way remix of this and WOW! I luv the synthesizer sound or woteva it is. Wot a gr8 remix.
    SarahLundon January 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI heard the Gerard Way remix of this and WOW! I luv the synthesizer sound or woteva it is. Wot a gr8 remix.
    SarahLundon January 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard the Gerard Way remix of this and WOW! I luv the synthesizer sound or woteva it is. Wot a gr8 remix.
    SarahLundon January 04, 2009   Link

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