"lies, lies, lies ev'rywhere," said the father to the son
your peppermint breath gonna choke 'em to death,
daddy watch your little black sheep run
he's got knives in his back ev'ry time he opens up
you say, "he got be strong if he wanna be a man"
mister I don't know how you can have

sweet dreams, sweet dreams

land, land of liberty
we're run by a constipated man
when you live in the past
you refuse to see when your
daughter come home nine months pregnant
with five billion points of light
gonna shine 'em on the face of your friends
they got the earth in a sling
they got world on her knees
they even got your zipper between their teeth

sweet dreams, sweet dreams

you say, you say, you say that you have 'em,
i say that you're a liar
sweet dreams, sweet dreams

go on, go on, go on dream,
your house is on fire
come along now

well, well, summer wind been catching up with me
"elephant mind, Missy you don't have
you forgettin' to fly,
darlin', when you sleep."
i got a hazy, lazy Susan
takin turns all over my dreams
i got lizards and snakes runnin' through my body.
funny how they all have my face

sweet dreams, sweet dreams


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    General CommentI've always found this song to be talking about the corruption in the world, and how baffled one can be at how others go through life blissfully unaware of it.

    The lyrics at the end, "I got lizards and snakes running through my body, funny how they all have my face" remind me of Neil Gaiman's Sandman one-shot, Endless Nights (specifically, the chapter on Delirium). In that chapter, a woman feels as if she's been lied to by men, and that her babies aren't babies at all but lizards, snakes and fish running through her womb. Tori hinted at having read Sandman in 'Tear in Your Hand' ("Neil and me will be hanging out with the Dream King"), so this connection may be intentional.

    Interestingly, both the song and the Sandman chapter feature corruption (Endless Nights deals with corruption both of the mind and world). It would be interesting to know if the two were paralells - however, I'm not sure when Endless Nights came out.
    LisaCharlyon September 08, 2005   Link

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