As I wake up in a room somewhere
Dawn light not yet showing.
There's just a thin horizon between me and her
The edge of a half-dream glowing.

Well, you know, I felt her in my dream last night.
Strange how the sheets are warm beside me.
Now, how do I catch the waking edge?
As it slips to the far and wide of me.

Didn't I try to hold it down?
Freeze on the picture,
Hang sharp on the sound.
Catch the waking edge another time.

Familiar shadows in my hotel room
Are still here for the taking.
They seem to linger on as the street lights fade
And the empty dawn is breaking.

Didn't I try to hold it down?
Freeze on the picture,
Hang sharp on the sound.
Catch the waking edge another time.

Private movie showing in my head?
What button do I press for re-run?
And how do I catch the waking edge?
The edge of a dream about someone.

Well, you know, I felt her
In my dream last night
Now the sheets are cold beside me.


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"The Waking Edge" as written by Ian Anderson

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    My InterpretationIan gets little credit (it seems) for being a romantic: cynical perhaps, but a romantic nonetheless. Several of his songs are odes to lost love, (First Snow on Brooklyn, Jack-A-Lynn) and this one is no different. Here he describes waking from a dream of his love so real, he could feel her beside him in the hotel room bed. As he comes fully awake he realizes it was just a lucid dream, but it was so real and dear to him that now he wants to somehow freeze it in time and "rewind" it so he can live it again rather than having to come to grips with the reality that he is alone.
    Hoplophileon September 14, 2019   Link

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