Slip and stumble at my first offenses
It's not treason, it's no lie
You talk in paragraphs
I write my sentence
It's not treason, it's no lie

It seemed a place for us to dream [Repeat: x2]

Crush and crumble under your defenses
It's not treason, it's no lie
You frame the photograph
I sit on fences
Change of season, love can die

It seemed a place for us to dream [Repeat: x4]

If we tear out the tumor
It's later, never sooner
If we tear out the tumor
It's later, never sooner

It seemed a place for us to dream [Repeat: x2]

You'd better keep it in check
Or you'll end up a wreck
And you'll never wake up
You'd better keep it in check
Or you'll end up a wreck
And you'll never wake up
Wake up x3

It seemed a place for us to dream [Repeat: x2]

You'd better keep it in check
Or you'll end up a wreck
And you'll never wake up [Repeat: x4]
Wake up


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  • +2
    General CommentJust an opinion, but the song to me is not so much about narcolepsy but being in a relationship where there is no longer any love. Where the original feelings, hopes and ideas are no longer there. The narcolepsy term is just a euphamism for being asleep or oblivious to the factthere is nothing there any more. Just my interpretation. Great song, very sad.
    tex17371on October 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the way Brian just slips "Love can die" at the end of the second verse. It seems slightly out of context when taking the song as just being about a narcolepcy, buts successfuly adds a new depth and meaning to the song.
    releaseme88on January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song. I think it's one of their best songs ever. There's not a lot of buzz around it, but i think it's just fantastic! There is this eerie yet peaceful vibe to it, along with his breathtaking voice...it's like a nice wave to the brain, and I feel like i am gonna float away every time i hear this song...My favorite part is when he sings:

    "You'd better keep it in check
    Or you'll end up a wreck
    And you'll never wake up"

    Just beautiful...it's amazing, how Placebo took a sleep disorder, and made it seem so heavenly!
    kyeraon April 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationNarcoleptic is a very strong song because it builds up momentum.

    It shows how the protagonist tries to make his partner see that their relationship has failed.

    And we progress through different stages with him.

    In the first verse, there's the first argument between the lovers 'my first offenses' which throws the partner off balance and who tries to justify 'talk in paragraphs' while the protagonist has already made up his mind "I write my sentence'.

    In the second verse, the partner is still fighting against the shocking truth the protagonist tells them 'defenses'.

    While they hold on to what once was 'frame the photograph', the protagonist is ready to leave 'I sit on fences'.

    The turning point moment is the confession 'Change of season, love can die'.

    They had a wonderful time together but it was just a dream and now they have to wake up and accept reality. They can't stay in that dream any longer or they will never get out of a life in which they are not meant for each other. The 'tumor' refers to the illness that has befallen their relationship, and as the saying goes: Better a miserable end than endless misery.
    StoriesinSongs.comon January 16, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seemed a place for us to dream would relate to being Narcoleptic, because it causes you to go into deep sleeps
    also
    "You'd better keep it in check
    Or you'll end up a wreck
    And you'll never wake up
    You'd better keep it in check
    Or you'll end up a wreck
    And you'll never wake up
    Wake up x3 "
    also refers to being Narcoleptic because you can become paralyzed and never wake up. If you dont keep in check with what youre doing you can become paralyzed and since it causes hullusionasions it would be easier to get caught up in it.
    Then again, Im not positive.
    mistakexxon April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the title basically has its roots in the repetition of "wake up, wake up," as if someone is pleading for their narcoleptic to come back to the world
    pumkinhedon November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone else see how the lyrics relate to the Lord of the Flies?
    'Place for us to dream' - the idea of a paradise
    'Slip and stumble at my first offenses' - descent in savargery etc.
    I dunno
    Scandion April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really good to go to sleep to.. its amazing. Its very soft and subtle so to speak.. Its unlike their other songs. Brian's voice is amazing on the track. Its like silk. Its wonderful. One of my fave placebo songs, but my favourite is peeping tom. Listen to it..
    nirvana_is_foreveron July 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"slip and stumble at my first offenses" as opposed to "crush and crumble under your defences" totally make it seem that he's the weaker one in the relationship.

    "you talk in paragraphs, i write my sentence"--- that line illustrates that he's the one with no important things to say and thus the weaker one; the one who's tired of the seriousness and wants to dream with her.

    then Bribri's voice rises as he sings, "you better keep it in check or you'll end up a wreck and you'll never wake up", which sounds like the stronger spouse telling the narcoleptic 'i told you so'.
    backwashmyhairon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the Lord of the Flies interpretation because it is unique and I can see where you are coming from. I'm currently reading the book. Its great.
    CrimsonLipson February 26, 2007   Link

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