"If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Boris Williams....
If only tonight we could sleep
In a bed made of flowers
If only tonight we could fall
In a deathless spell
If only tonight we could slide
Into deep black water
And breathe
And breathe

Then an angel would come
With burning eyes like stars
And bury us deep
In his velvet arms

And the rain would cry
As our faces slipped away
And the rain would cry

Don't let it end

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"If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" as written by Laurence Andrew Tolhurst Boris Williams

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    General Commentwell its a song of irony.. look at the title: if only tonight we could sleep
    people usually do sleep at night.. so even when robert smith says a "deathless spell" he very well may be talking about death. its not that he necessarily wants to experience the death.. a deathless spell implies death without the dying. just an eternal sleep.
    so perhaps it is, in fact, if only tonight we could sleep... forever.

    thus supporting the use of death as a means of making love eternal.
    hoydenon September 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think there's nothing to support the theory that this song is about wanting to die with someone and movitz's and bloodflowers' theories on the subject are just being overly emo. In fact if you actually *read* the lyrics you'll see that Robert specifically says a lot of stuff that's just the *opposite* such as the words "a DEATHLESS spell" or in the lines "slide into deep black waters" which would imply drowning under normal circumstances, however he adds the lines "and breathe . . . and breathe". Honestly this song is filled with nothing more but some of the most beautiful analogies for sleep and nothing more.

    I always picture this song as two lovers spending the night with each other and no wanting to go to sleep and have to wake p in the morning and leave each others sides again.
    radish_babyon May 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA happy death with the one you love
    bloodflowers323on January 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthe clearly mentions a "deathless" spell. this song is not about death, don't relate it to a natural disaster. it would be arrogant of me to assume i know exactly what its meaning is... maybe it's as simple as wishing time with a loved one wouldn't run out.
    erikhensenson February 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo really do this song justice, you need to view this song on the TRILOGY DVD. The song is recorded extremely well on there and the guitar solo by RS at the beginning is just un freaking believable! You think that Jimmy Hendrix was playing right in front of your eyes! Just pure dark cure amazing!
    Gordon69on September 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song may be talking about a couple committing suicide, like in "The Lovecats." This talks about two people (possibly more) who yearn to "sleep," a term which, in this case, means die. Then the song lyrics seem to contradict this message and describe how spiritual and pleasant it will be, and then the song seems to not be talking about death at all. I believe this could mean that two people desperately want to be together forever, so they kill themselves so they may be together in the afterlife for eternity. Unlike "The Lovecats," where suicide seemingly is condemned as being 'dumb,' this song seems strangely tranquil and hopeful. This song could be completely ironic, which is how I choose to interpret it, and might be making fun of the extremes people will go to for love. This is only my interpretation, though, so you might interpret it otherwise.
    VerbalVeNomon March 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPure poetry. When you find someone too perfect, and this someone only stays perfect for the night, well what do you do? You want to commit suicide with him/her to become endless. Drowning in deep black water, and drowning in each other.
    I find this tune hauntingly beautiful. The electric guitar-part is wonderful.
    movitzon April 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI was just relating this song to the Southeast Asian Tsunami. The Survivors must really be feeling this way. Their loved ones are dead and they wish they could just drift away into death ... so they can join them in death.
    song4thedeafon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the death as a way how to make the love eternal.
    amsterdamaon August 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with erikhensens and hoyden...
    an eternal sleep with ur loved one, and each one will take it asdying, others will take it as being all life(or death or whatver) together in love, and...don't try to take the exact meaning.
    I think...
    cHeMiCaL_BuTTeRfLyon December 21, 2005   Link

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