You don't know what you do to me
You don't know what you do to me
I don't know what I want to be
And I know what I want to be

You don't know what you do to me
You don't know what you do to me
I don't know what I want to be
You don't know what you do to me

(only when you sleep)
Can't believe it feels like
(only when you sleep)
Fight fire, can't forget
(only when you sleep)
All's changing, now its real
(only when you sleep)
Can't believe the way I feel

You don't know what you do to me
(only when you sleep)
You don't know what you do to me
(only when you sleep)
Couldn't stop if I made you see
(only when you sleep)
You don't know what you do to me

(only when you sleep)
Can't believe it feels like
(only when you sleep)
Fight fire, can't forget
(only when you sleep)
All's changing, now its real
(only when you sleep)
Can't believe the way I feel

Ever-lasting, still unchanging
Ever-lasting, still unchanging
Ever-lasting
Still

(only when you sleep)
Can't believe it feels like
(only when you sleep)
Fight fire, can't forget
(only when you sleep)
All's changing, now its real
(only when you sleep)
Can't believe the way I feel
(only when you sleep)

You don't know what you do to me
(only when you sleep)
You don't know what you do to me
(only when you sleep)
You don't know what you do to me
(only when you sleep)
You don't know what you do to me


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When You Sleep Lyrics as written by Robert Duncan Mcvey

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    General Comment

    This song is wonderful. I think he's talking about the endless possiblities of your dreams. How anything can happen.

    Bobdatechon June 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    He keeps his emotions inside.He cant tell her how he feels(maybe because he is afraid of what she'll say).He can only confess when she is asleep. "All's changing, now its real" to me,means that she was in a relationship but she isnt anymore."Ever-lasting, still unchanging" speaks about his love for her.

    XTDon September 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    very nice lyrics.

    vintagetapshoeson December 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is a great song and really the only song I've heard from them so far. But, I love it.

    suchaheroon February 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is an amazing song, so emotive, just perfect. To me, it's about someone who's in love with another person and coming to terms with it, maybe telling them, maybe just keeping it insde.

    I always thought it was "can't believe the chills i get"

    But never mind.

    crazy_punk_gurlon February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    crazy punk gurl is right. it should be "can't believe the chills i get".

    sortileguson March 15, 2006   Link
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    I love this song and one of the stories i made up suits it all too well

    ZombieQueenon June 22, 2011   Link

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