Sleep long, sleep well
Only to awake in hell.

One day I saw a man asleep
In a doorway on the street
Through walls of sheltered inhibition
I perceived his condition.
Dying of hunger and exposure,
Food and shelter, two blocks over.
Within this place we breed and dwell
We've created living hell.

Sleep long, sleep well
Only to awake in hell.

City sleeps and pigeons flutter,
Vagrant dies in the gutter
Prideless death somehow befitting
To life spent working on forgetting.
Riding on the bus, I looked outside and thought about death
Passing cars the only tribute to his gasping final breath.

Sleep long, sleep well
Only to awake in hell.

Then I went home, to get my mind off things,
I decided to watch television.
Constant subliminal brain immersion
Subconscious death wish coercion.
Buy and consume and want and need
Never fall from the trap of greed.

I thought about the bitter pain
Of jail cells and falling rain,
I thought ahead and I looked away,
What can you do anyway ?
In sheltered youth and our pretension
Avert our eyes to divert attention
Only to see the human victims
Always there to remind us.

Sleep long, sleep well
Only to awake in hell.

Only to awake in hell.

Lyrics submitted by emoJustin, edited by mlg1006347

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    General Commentwhy hasn't anyone commented on this song. musically, it's probably my favorite op ivy song...
    I Hate Punk Rockon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentif we continue to ignore the homless problem, it i will come back to haunt us!
    opivy1on August 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is only part of the song....
    captainpanicon July 10, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaningthis song is all about homeless people and how you see them on the streets and they are basically in hell but you go home and try to forget with some tv but that just makes it worse because you have the convert of watching tv.

    all in all its just a statement about how richer people dehumanize the poor saying there dirty and no good while they are just human beings to begin with
    mlg1006347on November 02, 2015   Link

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