As I finally meet my end
I won't be scared, I won't defend
The things I've done
I don't need him like you do
I don't fear him like you do

As the world revolves the sun
I hope the light that I become can
Sleep for once
I will leave it like you do
I won't lead it like you do
I won't leave it like they do
I don't need him like they do

I just want to sleep forever
Never see tomorrow
Or lead or follow
I don't want to work forever
Know what I know
Or beg or borrow

Just like our mothers
Who gave us our homes
We'll be just like our fathers
And go out on our own
'Cause we are the colors
In all that you see
We'll be just like our brothers
We'll take to the streets
Take to the streets

I just want to sleep forever
Never see tomorrow
Lead or follow

As my world it hides behind
The words only your wars define
They read a lot like news
But I fear it more than you
I fear it more than you

I just want to sleep forever
Never see tomorrow
Or lead or follow
I don't want to work forever
Know what I know
Or beg or borrow

Just like old lovers
Who never leave home
We'll forget the city
And forget the roads
'Cause we are all rebels
Never do what we're told
We may not grow money
But man we grow old
Man we grow old

I just want to sleep forever
Never see tomorrow
Or lead or follow
I don't want to work forever
Know what I know
Or beg or borrow

Just like our mothers
Who gave us our homes
We'll be just like our fathers
And go out on our own
'Cause we are the colors
In all that you see
We'll be just like our brothers
And take to the streets

'Cause we are all children
Yeah, we are all man
It may not be much
But we do what we can
Don't need no preacher
To make us believe
That everything's perfectly
Fucked up like me



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"Sleep Forever" as written by John Baldwin Gourley

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  • +5
    Song Meaning:This song is not about confronting God as StarvingSound mentioned, it is denying that "God" exists and how he has come to terms with dying and not needing anything more. He isn't scared of "God" and he doesn't "fear" him because he doesn't believe in him. Heaven doesn't exist to him.It is about life being a good enough journey for him and not needing anything after that, and after such a life, going to sleep forever.
    DanOfEarthon August 12, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:Verse 1: The narrator is speaking directly to the subject here. He saying that as he's dying, he isn't going to seek "forgiveness" or "make peace". He doesn't need "him". "Him" is OBVIOUSLY God. I also feel that the "you" is ALSO God. The narrator kinda personifies God in these last two lines of the verse. People need their names, personalities, hobbies etc, to help identify who they are; to help themselves know they exist. Well the narrator says he doesn't need "God" the way God needs "God" in order to sense existence. That's just how I feel :P.

    Verse 2/Bridge: Now the narrator is speaking a bit more broadly but is still addressing the subject directly. He is also beginning to address a second entity indirectly; the "they" of the verse. He says that as he dies he hopes that he stays that way and doesn't reincarnate into something else whether that be an animal or a spirit. He says he'll "leave it like you do". To me, the "it" is the world/existence and the "you" is still God. This once again proves that the narrator gives God human qualities because he says that he'll die and so will God. He then says he won't leave the world like "they" do. This HAS to be representation of those who believe in God and also believe in afterlife. He doesn't need God like "they" do.

    Chorus: The narrator finally gets to the point by saying he wants to pass away and then life will move. Nothing else will happen; he'll just sleep forever.

    Mid-Chorus: Just like our mothers and fathers (our TRUE creators) we'll go out in life and also create. He goes on to say that "we" are what life really is. I think he's trying to say that humanity is the reason why life is what it is. "We" did it. And once again, I think the "you" in this situation is God.

    Verse 3: The narrator, in my opinion, starts to accuse "God" of starting most of the wars in the world. He says the "words... read a lot like news". To me, the "words" are religious texts and makes note of how all the news is about religion-related issues going on in the world because of religious differences. He then goes on to say that he's more afraid of those religious texts than "God" itself.

    Bridge 2: The narrators starts to discuss how as we grow old we forget about what's all around us and begin to focus on ourselves and our loved ones.

    Last 8 Lines: The narrator then wraps up the song by stating that: Yeah, we do some pretty childish things but that's life; we make mistakes. And we try to make it up to ourselves by bettering ourselves. Sometimes THAT doesn't work out but we can only do our best. The narrator then adds that we don't need a higher power to help us better our lives or to tell us how "perfectly fucked up" we are; we know and that's ok.
    bduschon August 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My Opinion:Basically, regardless of how many religious followers live the majority of their adult life devoting themselves to "Him" (God, obviously), he (John- the singer) is not afraid of what is to come, despite his sins ("Cause we are all rebels"). Instead, it is almost as if when he dies, he hopes to leave the physical life all behind ("I hope the light that I become can sleep for once"). Also, it is hard to ignore the strong religious context, but overall I believe this song speaks against organized religion and that living life and raising your children to have a fulfilling and honest life is what life is all about rather than worrying and fearing "Him", while being blinded by the corrupted and fucked up society.
    ChloroformLacedon July 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:My favorite song off the new album by far. Deep meaningful lyrics, with that blissful portugal sound. Love it.
    TheFourthHouseon May 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:For me this song speaks about the exhaustion that comes with the belief that we have to live "perfect" lives. This idea is instilled into us every day, but the reality is that there is no "perfect" life, no best way of doing anything, really.


    I'm also not sure if this is correct, but I thought it was "I don't need 'em like you do... I don't fear 'em like you do."

    thelistener21on June 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion:If the rest of this album is even half as good as song... I am pretty sure PtM will receive the fame they deserve. Absolutely amazing music.
    kardinalon May 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Absolutely amazing song; love the refrain, the chorus and the strings. Will be looking forward to seeing them live!
    DickSmasheron July 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Aren't the lines "cause we are the colors, in all the we see, we'll be just like our brothers, and take to the streets" in another P.TM song? It sounds so familiar.
    clima08on November 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:all religion is is just believing in something to make you fear death less. what he's saying in the song is that death is just a natural part of life, and while it sucks that everything living has to die, it's also a good thing because it creates new opportunities for younger, brighter, stronger things.

    he's saying he just wants to be like all the great people who came before him, live up to their expectations and make them proud so when he's old he can be happy with his life, and have his children want to do the same thing he did. that's the best thing to believe in, not some religion.

    this part says it best

    Just like our mothers
    Who gave us our homes
    We'll be just like our fathers
    And go out on our own
    'Cause we are the colors
    In all that you see
    We'll be just like our brothers
    And take to the streets
    Canceriddensealon October 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:Initially after listening to this song I felt it had negative and depressive connotations. I thought that it was about the character feeling that they no longer were interested in the game of life.

    I now realize I was wrong.

    This song is about him understanding the state of reality. He will die one day regardless of his actions and desires. He will cease to exist like everyone else.

    While confronting this idea he explains that God is a man made object/idea. The universe is our God. He understands there is no creator, no master plan, no destiny. Life is the incredibly brief period of time in which his fleshy body and mind will be able to exist and maintain themselves. He is not upset by this thought or in doubt about it. He accepts the situation as it is, and for what it is.

    With this being said he is entirely and happily at peace with this thought. He understands that one day he will no longer be anything at all. He will die like his metaphorical brothers, mothers, and fathers. He is merely a child of the earth, which is a microscopic child of the universe. He understands his insignificance and that brings him peace.

    He goes a step further and even says he hopes that the light created by our sun also has this opportunity of closure. He wants people to realize that while we will die and no longer be that should not affect the fact that right now in this moment, WE ARE ALIVE. We should not fear death but let it remind us that it will come, so seize your life and make a positive impact on the world in which you exist.
    Mayorasauruson March 16, 2014   Link

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