Someday don't wake up I want you to get some rest
Someday if she's hungry I'll bring her to you
Clara once upon a time your mother didn't love your father the best
But he made believe that she did one day it was true

Go back to sleep my daughter
Go back to sleep my wife
I'm waiting for you there

Someday I wake up and she's still a song to play
Someday but you're ready to hear it's for you
Clara once upon a time your father knew he'd scare your mother away
Singing lovers live in a dream that keeps coming true

Go back to sleep my daughter
Go back to sleep my wife
I'm waiting for you there

It's gonna be a long night
It's gonna be a long night
And the sun may never shine
On what I think I've seen in your eyes
On what I think I've seen in your eyes
'Cause your eyes are not a window
Your eyes are not a window
Your eyes are not a window
They're a one way mirror to my soul

Someday don't wake up I want you to get some rest


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    My InterpretationThis is a complex, beautiful song.

    Based on the yearning, minor chords, and Chris Thile's keening vocals, I think the song is about a small, young family of husband, wife, and infant daughter, told from the perspective of the husband.

    The daughter appears infant or very young because of the line, "Someday if she's hungry I'll bring her to you" -- she must be carried and fed by the wife; usually infants are breastfed.

    Some lines are ominous, and my opinion is they refer to death and suicide:
    "Someday don't wake up"
    "It's gonna be a long night"
    "And the sun may never shine"

    My hypothesis is that this song is about a young husband who is tormented by the belief that his wife doesn't love him ("Clara once upon a time your mother didn't love your father the best" and "Clara once upon a time your father knew he'd scare your mother away"). However, as he looks into her eyes "one-way mirror to my soul" he also realizes the truth, that he doesn't love himself, and scares himself.

    "Singing lovers live in a dream that keeps coming true" - this line suggests to me that the husband of the song attempts to kill his wife and himself, likely with sleeping pills. Or maybe he just tries to kill himself. He says, "Go back to sleep" to both his daughter and wife, so perhaps he was alone in bed, had taken the pills, and wanted to be found.

    In any case, the man writes the song for his daughter Clara, and makes references to how she will understand it when she is older "she's still a song to play/Someday but you're ready to hear it's for you".
    Snailfishon October 28, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI always thought this song was Chris talking about his unborn daughter. This song is basically just one big dream and the potential of love and he's just imagining what his future might be like with his unknown wife and child. He's waiting for the day that he meets them both, and he admits it may never happen, but he realizes that until he's found peace and love within/for himself, he won't find his true love and perfect family.

    "Go back to sleep my daughter
    Go back to sleep my wife
    I'm waiting for you there"

    these 3 lines are him letting the dream or wish go, and he is waiting for the world to bring them to him at the right time.

    Also the line:

    "Clara once upon a time your mother didn't love your father the best
    but he made believe that she did and one day it was true"

    This is him talking about manifestation, or as more may be familiar with it as the law of attraction, which in this line he describes one of the steps to making your dreams come true, which is visualizing, or acting as if. He wants the woman he loves to love him too, and to want a family and one day she does. This is still all a twinkle in his eye though, and in the end just a wistful string of thoughts put into a beautiful song.

    I saw him play this song at a show and he said it was about his future daughter or possibly Clara Bow, he was being coy, but that was all he said about it.
    SMUSER17627129on June 05, 2014   Link

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