"The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" as written by and Bryce Dessner Matt Berninger....
Maybe I listen more than you think
And I can tell that somebody sold you
We said we’ve never let anyone in
We said we’d only die of lonely secrets

The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We’re in a different kind of thing now
All night you’re talking to God

I thought that this would all work out after a while
Now you’re saying that I’m asking for too much attention
Also no other faith is light enough for this place
We said we’d only die of lonely secrets

The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We’re in a different kind of thing now
All night you’re talking to God

And I cannot explain it
Oh, any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Oh, any other, any other way

The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We’re in a different kind of thing now
All night you’re talking to God

And I cannot explain it
Oh, any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Oh, any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Oh, any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Oh, any other, any other way


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"The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" as written by Bryce Dessner Matt Berninger

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    My InterpretationRog27 is correct. ‘The system’ is the political mindset or zeitgeist of the people.
    The song is about how the people have allowed evil to surface (Trump becoming president) and how there must be some kind of evil magic working in the darkness to allow this happen.

    Maybe I listen more than you think
    (I’m aware of this underbelly of evil)
    And I can tell that somebody sold you
    (You’ve been swayed toward the evil)
    We said we’ve never let anyone in
    (We thought we could contain the evil within us)
    We said we’d only die of lonely secrets

    The system only dreams in total darkness
    (The mindset of the people is influenced by a hidden evil)
    Why are you hiding from me?
    We’re in a different kind of thing now
    (The evil has risen to the surface)
    All night you’re talking to God
    (By some evil magic (god) that I can’t explain)

    I thought that this would all work out after a while
    (If I ignored this underbelly of evil it might just go away)
    Now you’re saying that I’m asking for too much attention
    (But now the evil have surfaced I’m speaking out now and nobody will listen)
    Also no other faith is light enough for this place
    (Being good isn’t strong enough to defeat this evil now the people have been ‘sold’)

    Evil has surfaced, the mindset of the people has switched in favour of the evil, and I’m so shocked that it has happened. It’s like some kind of evil magic. I can’t explain it any other way.
    hattonthegreaton October 02, 2017   Link

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