"Sleepsong" as written by and Daniel Smith....
Don't talk to strangers.

Oh, in the strangest dreams, walking by your side
It is the hole you impose upon your life
When you're out, loneliness, it crawls up in the ground
It's what you feel, but can't articulate out loud.

Oh you go to sleep on your own and you wake each day with your thoughts
And it scares you being alone
It's a last resort

All you want is someone onto whom you can cling
Your mother warned of strangers and the dangers they may bring
Your dreams and memories are blurring into one
The scenes which hold the waking world slowly come undone

You'll come undone

Oh, you go to sleep on your own,
And you wake each day with your thoughts
And it scares you being alone,
It's a last resort

You go to sleep on your own
And you wake each day with your thoughts
And it scares you being alone, it's a last resort

Oh

Don't talk to strangers,
And don't walk into danger.
Don't talk to strangers,
And don't walk into danger.

Oh you go to sleep on your own,
And you wake each day with your thoughts
And it scares you being alone,
It's a last resort

You go to sleep on your own,
And you wake each day with your thoughts
And it scares you being alone,
It's a last resort

Don't talk to strangers

Oh you go to sleep on your own,
And you wake each day with your thoughts
And it scares you being alone,
It's a last resort


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"Sleepsong" as written by Daniel Smith

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    My InterpretationFor me "Dont talk to Strangers" is drilled into you at home and in school. The rest of the song is detailing how that simple sentance leads you to cut yourself off from new people and not go out and meet people or talk to strangers who are all potential friends. Its a dark angle on "Strangers". Ill talk to anyone but I can see the perspective of the song. Being narrow minded and not open to meeting new people will certainly narrow your options in life. Im not sure it would make you depressed or suicidal as some of the videos of this song seem to promote. I do love it and listen on repeat. Im sure theres a more cryptic message in there it cant be that straight cut.
    crazyzzzon January 27, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationSeconded, I believe this song is about when we don't talk to strangers because we hear so much about 'stranger danger' that we're scared of what could happen. However, because we don't talk to anyone, 'the hole you impose upon your life' is the hole that a stranger is supposed to fill, somebody new, 'someone to whom you can cling'.

    Thinking about it, Sleepsong could be about how we're too scared to enter a relationship because of 'the dangers they might bring', ie, heartbreak, cheating, yet our 'waking world have slowly come undone' because of how we 'go to sleep on your own' and we're terrified of 'being alone'. It's a cycle of angst, we're scared to meet any 'strangers' yet we're scared of 'being alone'.

    It's a no-win scenario, basically a song telling us to have a relationship before we 'come undone' from our 'last resort' of 'being alone'.
    USSEntercrieson March 08, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn my opinion I see this as a person who craves "love" because it scares them being alone so they feel tempted to to find someone by going out and "grabbing" the the first person they see which could put them into danger as there are many bad people in today's society as it says "your mother warned of strangers and the danger they can bring" and "don't talk to strangers" in my eyes is them looking back remembering advice given to them but being torn between their concience and their desperation.
    Crimson_butterflyon April 05, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song to me is about being lonely "you go to sleep on your own" and just wanting "someone whom to you can cling" you get obsessed with throwing yourself out there to get people to like you, "talk to strangers" "walk into dangers" because of this obsession you start to "come undone".

    I almost listened to this song religiously when I was having troubles with who i was and who my friends are because that's pretty much what it is talking about. A lonely person who will do anything to fit in.
    epiccoffeeon April 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about someone who doesn't like to be alone. Maybe s/he is separated from or not supported by family and friends and, although s/he knows it is a "frowned upon" option, would rather spend time with or even sleep with strangers than sleep alone. It can have a very powerful meaning.
    songgirl41on September 19, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me this song is about a very lonely person who is so desperate to have someone they can cling and rely on they make an imaginary one in their mind. "Oh, in the strangest dreams, walking by your side
    It is the hole you impose upon your life"
    by strangest dreams he means daydreams the person has
    I believe he calls this imaginary character a "hole" because it makes the person unable to connect in their real life. Making them even lonelier.
    This person is so desperate to find someone like the one they created they put themselves into danger by doing so. The narrator is warning the person that they will get hurt if they talk to strangers, and they need to watch out.
    cchandleron January 04, 2016   Link
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    General CommentA lot of the songs from this album including this one have a common theme of depression, and I think this song draws from that as well. Dan himself has said other songs from this album have been about watching a close friend suffer through depression and I think this is no different. Sleepsong is about a person going to commit suicide hence the "sleep" part in sleepsong. The lyrics talk about wanting to feel love and support, but the depression isolates them and makes everyone feel like strangers (and mother warned us to stay away from strangers), because of the loneliness this person has trapped themselves in they've decided, as a last resort, to end it all as "the seams that hold the waking world have come undone".
    Blossom985on July 19, 2016   Link

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