"Why Are We Sleeping?" as written by Kevin Cawley Ayers, Robert Wyatt and Michael Roland Ratledge....
It begins with a blessing
And it ends with a curse;
Making life easy,
By making it worse;
My mask is my Master,

The trumpeter weeps,
But his voice is so weak
As he speaks from his sleep, saying
Why, why, why, why are we sleeping!

People are watching,
People who stare;
Waiting for something
That's already there.

Tomorrow I'll find it ,
The trumpeter screams,
And remembers he's hungry
And drowns in his dreams, saying
Why, why, why, why are we sleeping!

My head is a nightclub
With glasses and wine;
The customers dancing
Or just making time;

While David is cursing
The customers scream!
Now everyone's shouting,
"Get out of my dreams!"


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"Why Are We Sleeping" as written by Michael Roland Ratledge Kevin Cawley Ayers

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    General CommentA psychedelic song with some philosophy behind it. It's all about G.I.Gurdjieff's idea that people ordinarily live in a state referred to as "waking sleep", while higher levels of being are possible.

    Kevin explains, in a French interview from 1970:
    "It is important to have ideas in order to be awaken, that's all. Because if you don't have ideas, you sleep. If you sleep, you're dead" 

    Kevin would later call Gurdjieff "The person who woke me up"

    So you, reading this now or listening to Mike Ratledge's heavy organ, are you you're not asleep?
    Camel fanon April 08, 2015   Link

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