I should warn you,
I go to sleep.
I know you don't know what I mean.

I get upset or happy I go to sleep.
Nothing hurts when I go to sleep.
But I'm not tired, I'm not tired.

I know it seems that I don't care,
But something in me does, I swear.
I don't remember all last year.
I left you awake to cry the tears,
While I was dreaming in streams
Flowing between the shores
Of joy and sadness

I'm drowning, save me, wake me up!
I should warn you, I go to sleep.
You won't know when I go to sleep.

Because I'm not tired,
I'm not tired,
I just sleep.

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Narcolepsy Lyrics as written by Ben Folds

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  • +2
    General CommentI think the guy Ben is talking about does have narcolepsy, manly because he is very stressed/depressed(which is one of the main causes of narcolepsy). "Nothing hurts when I go to sleep"...
    supraxon September 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBEN FOLDS CLEARLY STATES in his "Ben folds and WASO live" performance of the song that this song is about how the majority of guys shutdown/withdraw emotionally when they feel really happy or upset. He says that he is one of those who do. It's NOT about real narcolepsy.

    Have a listen to that version and his explanation.
    girabbiton August 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think this song is about Narcolepsy at all, but a guy that detatches himself from emotion, especially those of the troubles in his relationship. "I Left you awake to cry the tears while I was dreaming in streams flowing between the shores of joy and sadness." He became unfeeling, which exacerbated the pain felt by his significant other. At the end, he reveals that he no longer wants to live his life in that manner. "Because I'm not tired. I'm not tired. I just sleep."
    Doc_42on March 20, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn ways, I agree with everyone who's posted... except for I think it's more "emotional" narcolepsy than physical. I believe it's about someone dealing with depression, at least I find it easy to relate to in that way, having gone through it myself. Depressed people become withdrawn, emotionally detached and numb, and do spend a lot of time sleeping, because it stills the pain, at least until they awaken.
    ShatteredPoetesson July 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentben sometimes said people look to deep into his songs
    maybe its aabout a narcoleptic guy
    drummerman91on June 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn the Ben Folds with WASO DVD he says that its about a type of narcolepsy when someone falls asleep whenever he's under extreme preassure or stress.
    Dnion August 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCataplexy is a symptom of narcolepsy. When there are triggers like stress, fear and even joy many collapse in seeming unconsciousness. Really they can hear and do know what's going on. And when you have narcolepsy you generally walk around in a daze. Or worse seem perfectly fine until all of a sudden you're so tired you MUST fall asleep right then. Many people with narcolepsy have problems with friends and family members thinking that they're not interested when they doze off. Not to mention the memory problems related.
    whimsically.aberranton November 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome deciphering.. I totally agree, doc 42.
    wim zE koLon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was physical narcolepsy, but that doesn't matter hugely, I just love the piano in this song. It's so beautiful. I fall in love with it every time I listen to it.
    jack_the_braton April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto be honest i dont know what to think. sometimes i believe the obvious lyrics but other times i look too deeply into the true meanings, so i guess this time i will just sit back and enjoy the song...
    sOCS479on October 29, 2004   Link

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