"In Sleep" as written by and Julian/irvin Emery....
I lay awake at night and pray
Not to see the light of day
And I wonder how to behave right
He has left me such a mess
Counting to protest
My mind can't get no rest

Fast asleep where I keep my memories
He's calling me out in dreams
He visits me
What will be?
Will I see him again soon?
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Why am I so terrified of waking?
He's gone and I feel I've been forsaken
In sleep is the only place I get to see him, get to love him

It seems a city after dawn
Becomes a field of corn
I've had this one before

Fast asleep where I keep my memories
Calling me out in dreams
He visits me
What will be?
Will I see him again soon?
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Why am I so terrified of waking?
He's gone and I feel I've been forsaken
In sleep is the only place I get to see him, get to love him

AndI know that when the story ends
The one that's in my head
Well, I'll be alone again

Why am I so terrified of waking?
He's gone and I feel I've been forsaken
In sleep is the only place I get to see him, get to love him
Why am I so terrified of waking?
He's gone and I feel I've been forsaken
In sleep is the only place I get to see him, get to love him
Be with him
I love him, I love him, I love him


Lyrics submitted by bananahero

"In Sleep" as written by James Irvin Elisabeth Maurus

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    General CommentThe person dreamed about is a man, but the song is no more specific, so the song can have many different nuances:

    If it's about a lost lover, the emotional resonance is negative, in the sense that he's moved on, and she hasn't.

    If it's about an estranged father, then the impact of dreaming about him could bring father and daughter back together, which has a more positive resonance.

    Most poignantly, it's about a dead person, maybe a dead grandfather, in which case there's a poetic beauty to the song, where the living grand-daughter brings him back to life in her dreams, sustaining the memory of him long after he's gone. This is the affecting meaning that means the most to me.
    yhtrownuon November 01, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning"'In Sleep' is one of my favorite songs on 'Catching a Tiger.' It's basically about breaking up with someone, yet dreaming about them ... that you're still together with them, that the two of you are happy. However, when you wake you realize that you have to face reality, move on and cope." -- Lissie
    turnintoon November 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like this is the best song off of her album.
    Obviously talking about only being able to love someone in your dreams.
    aliciasaidsoon October 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentObviously he broke up with her, and she still loves him,"In sleep, is the only place I get see him, get to love him." Only in her dreams will she be able to love him still, but he's not coming back, so hopefully she gets to see him in her dreams.
    piper888on July 26, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionLike many of Lissie's Love Songs, she knows how to connect.

    Weather this song be about a lost lover, or a father(relative) that has past away, I think her audience can connect.

    And the notion that she can only seem him "in sleep," is very deep. Especialy when she mentions she doesnt want to wake up, you can alomst intermprit that as suicidle.

    The lyrics remind me of a The Cure song, Close to me:
    I've waited hours for this
    I've made myself so sick
    I wish I'd stayed asleep today

    All n All, great song!
    JeffR32yon August 20, 2012   Link

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