When I wake up early in the morning
Lift my head, I'm still yawning
When I'm in the middle of a dream
Stay in bed, float up stream (Float up stream)

Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
Leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping

Everybody seems to think I'm lazy
I don't mind, I think they're crazy
Running everywhere at such a speed
Till they find there's no need (There's no need)

Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
And after all I'm only sleeping

Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
Taking my time

Lying there and staring at the ceiling
Waiting for a sleepy feeling...

Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
And after all I'm only sleeping

Ooh yeah

Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
Taking my time

When I wake up early in the morning
Lift my head, I'm still yawning
When I'm in the middle of a dream
Stay in bed, float up stream (Float up stream)

Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
Leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping



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"I'm Only Sleeping" as written by John Lennon, Paul Mccartney

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  • +2
    General Comment:this song is about smoking pot. seriously. if you smoke pot, you'll understand
    druby640on December 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:this song almost made me cry the other day. i don't think it was the lyrics. i think it was john lennon's voice.
    TheMoonTellsMEaSecreton July 27, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:"Everybody seems to think I’m lazy. I don’t mind, I think they’re crazy." What great lines and it is so true sometimes (more often than not). I was not aware of that Bobo, how funny.
    ChaosFluro24on October 07, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I think john is singing about living in a lucid state of living. he is living his dream. people are so up tight john is let it be. people care about their possesions john cares about people. I can see how this song flows to imagine. a lot of ideas from the beatles translate into his solo work
    wilburmeloncholyon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Once, my mother said to me, "I think you can be quite lazy at times," and I replied with, "I don't mind, I think you're crazy," Haha, good times. xD

    Anyway, I relate to this song, because it's sorta like, "Just let me sleep," Like, anytime you try to have a good lie-in, there's always some reason you have to get up. Your phone is ringing and you left it downstairs, your parents insist that you have to clean the house, and worst of all, school. I just want some time to dream.

    It's awesome how John Lennon could take something that a lot of people feel, and make it into a great psychedelic rock song.
    MetaphoricalMarmaladeon June 20, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:I haven't read many comments on this, but I agree that this is not about any lazy person. I think that it is about someone who is unconscious to the world as a whole and all the beautiful things that expanding your perceptions can bring. In short, I think it's about ignorance and how some people see it as bliss.

    What I thought was really fun about this song was that at about 2:03, the backwards guitar is playing at the end of the chorus and then you can hear one of them yawn. When I heard this for the first time I yawned after I heard it. I think that the Beatles were trying to make the listener yawn.
    andronarcoon September 21, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:If you look at the cover of "Beatles for Sale" you will see what somoking dope and promoting the Beatles across the world does to a young Beatle. John was plain knackered. We all know the feeling of needing just 5 more minutes, that's all the song is about.
    meansongon September 21, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:i think everyone can relate to this song. i love it. i actually heard it on the radio once too.
    song4juliaon January 17, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This is definetely one of my favs. i guess it doesnt need much explanation. i love john for writing this song. if everybody was like this the world would be a better place. haha
    strwberryf1dson April 09, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Great song. the lyrics are perfect.
    EmoSKAnkon September 13, 2002   Link

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