There sat a new test
Much harder that you bought in
As for the unseen, just take care of what you will
Light the silent alarm
We never think that we're missing much 'til

I gasp and hold my breath
These needs have changed so deep
To face you all and say
I've been awake for

I need a new test
Then I set out to choose someone to
Light the soul like a kiln
Just imagine us chasing this with
Eyes scorned from sleep apnea
A slight of tongue as the seas are emptying

I gasp and hold my breath
These needs have changed so deep
To face you all and say
I've been awake for

Ever
Ever
Ever
Ever

Try to read off a letter that's falling apart
The sun and the moon I count sheep
Escape like an animal ready for my sleepless stroll

I found these shifting hours mistakenly used up

So I gasp and hold my breath
These needs have changed so deep
To face you all and say
I've been awake for years

I gasp and hold my breath
These needs have changed so deep
To face you all and say
I've been awake for

Ever
Ever
Ever
Ever


Lyrics submitted by beiselb, edited by adam108634

"Sleep Apnea" as written by Samuel Loeffler Peter Loeffler

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  • +2
    General CommentReading it...Knowing what sleep apnea is...Makes sense...for me though..i connect cuz i feel like im missing something when i sleep or like that time could've been spent doing something better..and in a way i feel like im killing myself when i do it..which is why i think this one has a double meaning...cuz the line ''these needs have changed so deep'' is ,to me, saying he has other priorities other than sleep plus some other lines..
    Holixon August 17, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI believe this song is about the ancient flower of life/ MERKABA meditation it's also a sacred geometric structure for conciousness.
    " I GASP AND HOLD MY BREATH " Sounds like the 17+1 pranayama breaths you take in the MERKABA meditation ...
    (( Breath 1: place your hands in the following, thumb and first finger together, palms up. Empty lungs. Begin the breath taught above. Nostrils only. On the IN breath visualize red light, open your root chakra, HOLD BREATH , pulse the breath, short inhale. Exhale, slowly out of the nose, fill the upper tetrahedron with red light than the lower. Pause, pulse the eyes. ))
    " THESE NEEDS HAVE CHANGED SO DEEP" meaning he no longer feels the physical/ material world is empty and cant give the fulfillment he desires but more of the need to be deeply connected to a higher or spiritual source.
    " TO FACE YOU ALL AND SAY IVE BEEN AWAKE FOR YEARS/EVER" that he's been sleeping and finally reached some amount of enlightenment "awake"

    practicing this meditation and I've always felt that this song is about this meditation by Drunvalo Melchizedek
    Please check out these links if maybe you think the same

    crystalinks.com/…

    youtu.be/…


    Love & light
    Love&lighton January 07, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere sat a new test
    Much harder that you bought in
    As for the unseen
    Just take care of what you will
    Light the silent alarm
    We never think that
    We're missing much
    Till

    I gasp and hold my breath
    These needs had changed so deep
    To face you all and say
    I've been awake for years / forever

    I need a new test
    Then I set out to choose
    Someone to
    Light the soul like a kiln
    Just imagine us chasing this with
    Eyes scorned from sleep apnea
    A slight of tongue as the seas
    Are emptying

    Try to read off a letter that's
    Falling apart
    The sun and the moon
    I count sheep
    Escape like an animal I'm ready for
    My sleepless stroll

    I've felt these shifting hours
    Mistakenly used up

    100% correct, from the booklet in the new album :D
    Awesome song
    zomgz3r0on September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteasily my favorite song on the cd along with this circus, i know it sounds crazy but when i listen to this it sounds to me like he's talking about being abducted by aliens or something along those lines, it would go along with the album title at least, i know its a reach but oh well, its only after a few listens. i dont know how you got anything out of the part when he says "escape like an animal" because the animal part just sounds like mumbling to me but it seems to fit so good job.
    kaw4fon August 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my 3rd Favorite song off the new album.
    Number one and two are:

    1. Letter From A Thief
    2. This Circus
    3. Sleep Apnea
    With A New Momentum running a close fourth.
    Lemon Scentedon August 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this dude copied and pasted the lyrics I interpreted on Youtube and changed some of it up, but it doesn't matter...

    "light the sun like a kiln"
    "then i set out to choose someone"
    "the sun and the moon i can't cheat"
    "i found these shifting hours mistakenly used up"
    XxChevellionxXon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chorus is:

    I gasp and hold me breath
    These needs have chains so deep
    To face you all the same
    I've been awake for...

    Also, in the second verse:

    Eyes scorned from sleep apnea
    A slight of tongue as the seas are emptied
    cfdemarcoon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's what Pete has said about this song:
    "'Sleep Apnea' is sort of a, it's kind of a joke how when you're on tour you're always trying to catch up on your sleep. It's just a heavy rock song that I would love to hear on the radio."
    (proof link ultimate-guitar. com/news/upcoming_releases/chevelle_tentative_album_title_revealed.html)

    So, we know the meaning of these lyrics :)
    ~dreamer~on August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"try to read off a letter that's falling apart" obviously a letter from a theif lol
    maulledon August 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter listening to the acoustic version of this I think the lyrics are 100% accurate or pretty darn close now.
    beiselbon September 01, 2009   Link

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