"At Night Trees Aren't Sleeping" as written by and Kevin Barnes....
Everything is falling apart, yes I am
Watching me watch birds watch people.

I wear my bow tie to bed,
Because I'm waiting for the gorgeous young man
Hiding in the spaces.
That darkness hides gorgeous young men.

Everything is falling apart, yes I am
Watching me watch birds watch people.

If we are only waiting here to die.
At least let me put my arms around you.
Why try to keep it from myself,
When it feels so good to sing about love?

Everything is falling apart, yes I am

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    General CommentIt does feel good to sing about luv :-d
    Fuggnucketon May 19, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think he's talking about dreaming
    emogreenon September 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti just think it's an early example of the uber-obtuse lyrics that made them what they are in the eyes of most folks.
    pumkinhedon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf we are only waiting here to die.
    At least let me put my arms around you.

    what a great line
    analogue_rockon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think he is sleeping alone and is dreaming of himself being a tree as a direct simile to his own life. The line about "everything is falling apart, yes I am" is about his life and the tree itself continually losing leaves in the fall. His life as he knows it is approaching the winter, when trees die; i.e. the end of his relationship. So as he sleeps alone and knows that his significant other isn't around he is hoping that he could at least be held and loved and treated like another human being before things fall apart and they finally break up. Wearing the bowtie to bed is like preparing for a date that he knows he'll be stood up on, he's holding onto hope and wishing that he won't be sleeping alone again. Even though he knows they aren't really in love (anymore) he wants to still "sing about love" because even though death (breakup) is imminent things don't have to be terrible. There's plenty of time for pain and sadness once it's over, but he is hoping that on the way down they can still try and find some comfort at least before everything crashes.

    I love this song and the guitar on the chorus line is amazing and I wish this song was 20 minutes long.
    SamanthaSecretAgenton October 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is very easily my favorite of montreal song.

    its excellent.
    brucepontowon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like SamanthaSecretAgent's analysis, although I don't know if I totally agree on the tree simile.

    Can anyone help me understand the line, "Watching me watch birds watch people"??
    waterbottleon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh, I so agree with Samantha's interpretation. I am going through what this song talking about, minus the gorgeous young man parts. For me, it's a girl. Shit, love sucks. Holding onto the threads of a relationship that tearing apart is painful.
    Andykinsellaon November 15, 2009   Link

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