"Sleep Alone" as written by and Alexander James/baird Trimble....
Now, my only goal is to see
And I'm always fast asleep
It takes more than strength to find
This peace of mind

So I'll hold, hold, hold
Hold it close to my heart
Beating with every step
Hold, hold, hold it close

He sleeps alone
He needs no army where he's headed
'Cause he knows
That they're just ghosts
And they can't hurt him if he can't see them, oh
And I may go
To places I have never been to
Just to find
The deepest desires in my mind

We, we only know what we see
'Cause we're always fast asleep
Is it so hard not to believe
That we'll never know

Oh, hold, hold, hold
Hold me close
I've never been this far from home
Hold, hold, hold me close
He sleeps alone
He needs no army where he's headed
'Cause he knows
That they're just ghosts
And they can't hurt him if he can't see them, oh
And I may go
To places I have never been to
Just to find
The deepest desires in my mind

They're in my head
And I have said
That I must be like you now
Who sleeps alone
Who sleeps alone
And one last chance
To make sense
Of what has long escaped us
He sleeps alone
I sleep alone

He sleeps alone
He needs no army where he's headed
'Cause he knows
That they're just ghosts
And they can't hurt him if he can't see them, oh
And I don't know if in the morning I will be here
And if so
Let it be known
That I was worthy, I was worthy, I was worthy, I was
Oh
Oh


Lyrics submitted by Thermidor, edited by janeaparis1

"Sleep Alone" as written by Kevin Stephen Baird Alexander James Trimble

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  • +12
    My InterpretationHiding from reality. Swimming in his own sleeping thoughts in search of enlightenment. While it seems he needs or wishes for company or companionship, he realizes all along that he and his journey are one in the same, and nothing is real because it's in his mind. He discovers the purpose of life is to discover and actualize the deepest desires of his/our minds [though maybe simply understanding them is enough imho]. He implies that the rest of us are profoundly lost and will never know the depths of what could be, because we are figuratively asleep and oblivious to this fundamental truth.

    It's a tragedy.
    marcusorlon August 25, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationLast year I graduated highschool at 17 and was left alone with my thoughts for a long while, not immediately seeking employment. I spent a lot of time wondering if and why I was alive and existing, and for some reason, I would dwell on that curiosity. I couldn't let it go. The talk of "Is it so hard not to believe that we'll never know" resonated with me and made me question my own inability to accept that life, as far as we know, has no answer or meaning, and the lines in the vein of "And I may go to places I have never been to just to find the deepest desires in my mind" reminded me that, to keep from going insane I had to believe that I was alive to decide why I was alive. The talk of sleep reminds me of how hard it was to actually sleep when I was going through this. I'd often times camp out on the floor just to feel like I wasn't falling into a dangerous monotony. I didn't dream, but I wish I did, I personally find comfort and wisdom in my own dreams, and in a time in my life where I really could have used that, it never came. I felt alone and was constantly wishing I could talk to someone, someone other than the people who failed to challenge me, someone like my mother who, thankfully, was and is still available. I also wished I could be like my mother, who was obviously much older than me but didn't seem to fear death or the unknown quite as bad as I did at just 17. This feeling could be what the singer is talking about with all this talk of wanting to "be like him", maybe "him" was just someone who didn't seem as bothered by things as the singer. The singer wanted the confidence, or even possibly the blissful ignorance, of this mysterious third party. Finally, not knowing if you'll still be there the morning after you finally do sleep very much is a real feeling you get when you break down like i did. Not being able to see the future, being acutely aware that you lack that foresight, makes you feel like the future will never come, as if you will live and die with nothing in between. It's a scary feeling and it's something you wish you could tell more people about when it happens. This whole song feels full of things you wish you could tell people, ways you wish you could reach out, but the intense feelings of dissociation make you feel like you'll be reaching in the dense depths of space for nothing. It's scary and it's sad, and that's what I hear from this song.
    MUTANTon April 28, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI don't think it's intentional but this song could be interpreted as being about a murder-suicide. Originally I just thought insomnia and nightmares leading to a suicide "I don't know if in the morning I will be here" but I'll see if I can fit the murder in

    Now, my only goal is to see
    And I'm always fast asleep
    It takes more than strength to find
    This peace of mind
    Either before or after the murder, he has difficulty finding "peace of mind". Also the idea of only wanting to be able to see when he's asleep. Either he's afraid of his life, of what he'll see when he's awake "fast asleep" representing peacefulness, innocence. Or he's contemplating suicide, he doesn't want to be awake anymore.

    So I'll hold, hold, hold
    Hold it close to my heart
    Beating with every step
    Hold, hold, hold it close
    There's something which he is trying to keep hidden, holding it close to himself. Either his violent urges or some tortured psyche which later causes him to commit the crimes

    He sleeps alone
    He needs no army where he's headed
    'Cause he knows
    That they're just ghosts
    And they can't hurt him if he can't see them, oh
    And I may go
    To places I have never been to
    Just to find
    The deepest desires in my mind
    The first part of the chorus definitely fits in, in a weird way. If you believe in any gods then generally doing something dreadful (in this case, murder) causes you to be punished in an afterlife. The dead "he" "needs no army" because he has done nothing wrong, he is innocent. "Where he's going", the afterlife isn't frightening to him because he'll end up in heaven (or your equivalent). The narrator, on the other hand, needs an "army" because he is going to be punished. The "ghosts", either the family of the dead "he", or demons will punish him for his crime of murder.
    The second part is harder to fit, possibly this occurred before the murder. The "deepest desires" was his violent urges

    We, we only know what we see
    'Cause we're always fast asleep
    Is it so hard not to believe
    That we'll never know
    Perhaps this is the people who will find them, they'll "never know" why the murder-suicide took place. They're reluctant to accept the truth or keep searching for some meaning behind the action.
    Either way I integrate this I can't help but see this verse as a filler

    Oh, hold, hold, hold
    Hold me close
    I've never been this far from home
    Hold, hold, hold me close
    Is he regretting what he's just done? Is he scared, terrified or the implications? Is he even requesting for the dead to hold him close?
    If we consider this as purely a song about insomnia, nightmares and fear then this is easy to interpret but if we take my darker ideas then this verse gets terrifying.

    They're in my head
    And I have said
    That I must be like you now
    Who sleeps alone
    Who sleeps alone
    And one last chance
    To make sense
    Of what has long escaped us
    He sleeps alone
    I sleep alone
    There we go then, he's tortured by his actions, dreams, inner conscience and guilt. He decides he is going to have to "be like him", the dead one, he decides he must kill himself. Perhaps he believes that death will bring "sense", will bring answers and peace to his clearly broken mind.

    And I don't know if in the morning I will be here
    And if so
    Let it be known
    That I was worthy, I was worthy, I was worthy, I was
    Either this is set before the murder and he doesn't know if the "him" that people know, the sane, normal him will be there. He doesn't know if he's going to become dangerous and do something horrible
    Or it is afterwards, he's going to kill himself and he won't be there for the simple reason that he will be dead. The fact that he was "worthy" is difficult to fit in with a murder-suicide. But if we take it as simply someone driven to suicide then they are easily "worthy" because they haven't done owt wrong


    All in all it is a brilliant and wonderful song, I love the manic drumming
    KinkyDoxon June 12, 2013   Link

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