"Something To Sleep To" as written by John M Shanks and Michelle Branch....
She's his yellow brick road
Leading him on
And letting him go as far
as she lets him go
Going down to nowhere

She puts on her make-up
The same way she did yesterday
Hoping everything's the same
But everything has changed

In my mind
Everything we did was right
Open your eyes, I'll still be by your side
How could I ever have been so blind?
You give me something to sleep to
at night

He wakes up to the sound
So scared that she's leaving
He wishes she were still
asleep next to him
Hoping she will change

In my mind
Everything we did was right
Open your eyes, I'll still be by your side
How could I ever have been so blind?
You give me something to sleep to
at night

You give me something to sleep to
And all I know is
You give me something to dream to when I'm all alone and blue
Don't leave me now [Repeats]

In my mind
Everything we did was right
Open your eyes, I'll still be by your side
How could I ever have been so blind?
You give me something to sleep to
Something to sleep to
Something to sleep to at night


Lyrics submitted by baby_jane

"Something to Sleep To" as written by John Shanks Jenifer Allan Hagio

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    General CommentI think that i can def. relate to this song. I love the part where she says "In my mind, everything we did was right." It's so fusterating when a relationship reaches the point of of "now or never". She's saying that she doesn't want to be alnoe, but that she'll always be by his side no matter what happens. She knows that things have changed and she doean't have him wrapped around her finger anymore. And she thinks that she can change but she knows she'll never really be good enough for what he deserves.
    txsnowbunnyon April 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWow I got something different out of the song. It sounds like a song about a guy who loves this girl who is incapable of love, she cuts him off when she starts to fall. He hopes that she can change but he knows and she knows that she will never change, she will always be emotionally guarded and afraid and he will always be needy. It also seems like something happened the night before maybe she let herself love him truly for a while then rationalized herself out of it (I do this to myself all the time). Maybe she tried to open up to him and he saw something he did not like or maybe she did. In the end their codependency makes the one in the same, he needs to "help" her and she needs to "help" him.
    Eggos=yumon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow i got something WAY different out of it. it seems like its about a love triangle. a guy falls for someone completely different than the girl whos already fallen for him. The girl who's fallen used to have him wrapped around her finger and maybe he told her they were moving to fast or something..."In my mind
    Everything we did was right" but yeah the other girl is just keeping the guy on the scene just so she's not alone. The girl who loves the guy can do nothing but wait until he comes around. i mean i can TOTALLY relate to this song, its EXACTLY what's going on with me right now. but yeah that's what it means to me.
    ihaveaqtsnon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHehe...I agree with Eggos=yum on this one, but a bit differently. I think that she keeps her emotions bottled and then the night before she let some of that leak out. Still, he kept by her, but she thinks that he doesn't want her anymore. He hopes that she will change her mind and stay in his life, giving him both sides of her. I don't know. I think I got kind of lost in my train of thought.
    lilpoeton August 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentjust reading it , i thougth it had to do with a love triangle...
    theres this one superficial girl who's just stringing the guy along ("She's his yellow brick road Leading him on And letting him go as far as she lets him go Going down to nowhere"). meanwhile. i think theres a 2nd girl who's still in love with this guy... they went out but they broke up for whatever reason and then she realizes that shes still head over heels for this guy. Maybe they were best friends and this girl whos in love with him knows that he's going after the wrong girl.
    so the "dont leave me now" could be like 'don't leave me behind for this new girl" ya know?


    either way. michelle branch said she writes love songs because everyone can relate to them, and everyone that's posting here may have a different idea of the song, but the point is you're relating somehow, and that's the important thing.
    :)
    kristen86on August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI like Michelle Branch because of her songwriting abilities. She allows the listener to interpret the songs into their own way. I think this song is about knowing that the worst decisions are for the best. Like the relationship went faster than she wanted but she still cares about him and will "still be by [his] side". I dunno, I'm not good at this. LoL
    VanillaxKisson August 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a girl and a guy who had sex for the first time and thinks everything will be the same after, but maybe started to regret it and then she realizes that even though their relationship has changed she still really cares about him and wants their relationship to keep growing
    cyndilouwhoon September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this songs' meaning is blantently obvious. Its not about 2 girls -as stated- but rather 2 guys. There's a girl in this song who is torn between the guy shes with, and the guy shes in love with...she just can't show it because she's already in a relationship. This girl leads the guy she loves on because she doesn't ever want to lose his love. The guy is aware of this, but he's held on for so long hoping she would change. Eventually, the guy she's with finds out about what it going on between the two. They are still together because she feels that is what's right, but really, she doesn't want this other boy to leave her and give up on her love. Now she's in too deep, and realizes that she did everything wrong and doesn't want him to "leave her now." Maybe this only makes sense to me, because right now, I love "him" but..."you" gave me something to sleep to. And in my mind, everything we did was right. Open your eyes, I'll still be by your side. How could I ever have been so blind?
    Beckster213on September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this songs' meaning is blantently obvious. Its not about 2 girls -as stated- but rather 2 guys. There's a girl in this song who is torn between the guy shes with, and the guy shes in love with...she just can't show it because she's already in a relationship. This girl leads the guy she loves on because she doesn't ever want to lose his love. The guy is aware of this, but he's held on for so long hoping she would change. Eventually, the guy she's with finds out about what it going on between the two. They are still together because she feels that is what's right, but really, she doesn't want this other boy to leave her and give up on her love. Now she's in too deep, and realizes that she did everything wrong and doesn't want him to "leave her now." Maybe this only makes sense to me, because right now, I love "him" but..."you" gave me something to sleep to. And in my mind, everything we did was right. Open your eyes, I'll still be by your side. How could I ever have been so blind?
    Beckster213on September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think Michelle Branch falls for a "taken" guy. He's not happy in his relationship, and she sees the way he's treated with his girlfriend. And, a spark, perhaps more, occurs between michelle and the guy. This is afterwards, when Michelle doesn't regret anything they've done together - saying it was all for the better. He's the one she wants.. and she'll wait as long as it takes.
    forkyforkon September 10, 2002   Link

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