Wake me when the day breaks
Show me how the sun shines
Tell me about your heartaches
Who could be so unkind?
Do you dream to touch me?
And smile down deep inside
Or could you just kill me?
It's hard to make up your mind, sometimes.

My angels, my devils, my thorn in my pride.
Are you wanting inspiration
You spill your secrets on me
Then you tell me with a whisper
Of things that will never be.
Do you hear me breathing?
Does it make you want to scream?
Did you ever like a bad dream?
Sometimes life is obscene.

My angels, my devils, my thorn in my pride.
Lover cover me with your sleep
Let your love light shine
Lover cover me with a good dream
Let your love light shine


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  • +4
    My Interpretation

    I always thought this song was more of an apology for not being a better "friend" to a girlfriend.

    It's strange that the previous posts have taken to the theory that the first person is the one hurting because the chorus sounds he knows his actions hurt her, i.e. he's not proud of them but they are his basic nature ("my angels, my demons, a thorn in my pride").

    The line "Tell me about your heartache, who could be so unkind?" depicts her saying how he hurts her because it's followed directly with "Do you dream to touch me and smile down deep inside? Or could you just kill me? It's hard to make up your mind sometimes." I don't think that he's in pain there.

    Even the second verse, "Then you tell me with a whisper of things that will never be" are her dreams that he knows are impossible. The fact that his breathing makes her want to scream leads me to believe that she is the more tormented.

    All in all, this song is just proof that you cannot change another person in a relationship.

    PinsNeedleson September 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Thorn in my pride, is my sister. The abusive yet loving relationship of sharing things only sisters share. The hate, love, hate again feelings of being the younger sister. "Did you ever like a bad dream?" Being the younger sister I only wanted acceptance from her. As I grew older and wiser, I realized what a THORN she is yet my pride and the blood that runs between us is thick.

    Aside from the personal perception, this song represents all love/hate relationships. You become comfortable in a relationship and your pride won't let you part even though your heart tells you it is no good, you got to go. You just keep wishing for the good to shine through: Lover cover me with your sleep, Let your love light shine, Lover cover me with a goooooood dream, Let your love light shine.

    Whatever Chris sings it moves me to no end. Keep rockin'.

    Amen to that!

    yatraon November 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    Iv tried to figure out many a times wat this song means...can derive some meaning frm specific lines etc but as a whole, hvnt been able to figure it out..but its one of my all time fav songs!! i adore it

    chikicherrycolaon May 20, 2005   Link
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    Iv tried to figure out many a times wat this song means...can derive some meaning frm specific lines etc but as a whole, hvnt been able to figure it out..but its one of my all time fav songs!! i adore it

    chikicherrycolaon May 20, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    to me this song is about a one-night stand... maybe more. anyway it's another she-told-me-things-she-didn't-mean heartbreak kinda song. everybody's been there, you go out with the girl, feelings are sky-high at the start, but in the end you realize she did nothing more than led you on.("you tell me with a whisper of things that'll never be) "wake me when the daybreaks... show me how the sun shines," spent the night together but things that seemed so true last night mean a little less in the morning (when the booze wears off?) "tell me bout ur heartaches, who could be so unkind?" here chris shows he truly wants her to be happy/help her through her problems, but the feeling's not returned, "do you dream to touch me(also), or could ya just kill me?" that's mah' take on it, but maybe it's just cuz that's a road i've walked so damn many times

    BlackVelveton April 18, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    This song illustrates the darkside of relationships, whether they be long term or one night stands. "Did you ever like a bad dream?" Speaks to the sadomasichistic part of all us that puts up with all levels of abuse in relationships.

    remedy74on July 31, 2007   Link
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    THORN IN MY SIDE Comes from the Bible. In 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul states that he was given a 'thorn in my flesh' to prevent him becoming proud. We are not told what the 'thorn' was, perhaps it was some form of illness.

    crowlight1904on October 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    I think this song is about a male female friendship were the male want more then to be her friend and the female just like things as they are.

    plush89on July 15, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    To me this is a song about a man and woman who are friends and have slept together for the first time. The beginning of the first verse, to me this implies that the female had a boyfriend that is bad to her and she tells her friend. The end of the first verse, is when she realizes what they have done and he is afraid she will be angry. The second verse if about what her boyfriend has done and how she wants things to be. "Lover cover me with your sleep...Let your love light shine...Lover cover me with a good dream...Let your love light shine" if from her point of view, when she finally realizes her friend is the one she wants to be with. That is my interpretation anyway.

    justafreebirdon October 01, 2009   Link
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    To me this song is about my evil X. Knowing I would do anything to make things work, she would lift me up to drop. Show me the good and beauty of the world to get my attention and then destroy the day dream with a single comment.

    Although she wanted the love I gave her she was in the center of a constant battle between the Angel and Devil on her shoulders and her voice was there amplified microphone.

    You can hope and dream for the love light to shine through but in some the Darkness will always prevail....

    SheerInsanityon April 15, 2010   Link

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