Don't Wake Me

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  • Vocalist John Cooper explained to StereoTruth: "It's about someone you lost - either someone who broke up with you or died - and the fact that dreaming about them is the only time you're both together, which is why you never want to wake up." He added: "This is the '80s prom song for the record that's a slow dance all the way!"
  • Cooper told the song was inspired by the 1995 historical epic Braveheart, starring Mel Gibson as the Scottish war hero William Wallace. "His wife was killed. He has these dreams about his wife, and in one of them, she tells him that he's dreaming and he has to wake up. And he tells her that he doesn't want to wake up."

    But the song has a more personal meaning for the Skillet frontman, who was also visited by a loved one in his dreams. "While we were recording Comatose, my grandfather got really sick. He passed away probably 6 months after that. And for a year, I just had these dreams about him all the time. I started writing 'Don't Wake Me' before Comatose came out. It was the first song I wrote for Awake. That's when I started having more and more thoughts about it. I was dreaming about me and my grandfather hanging out all the time. I meant to dedicate it to him in the artwork and I forgot to because I was so stressed out. But that song is dedicated to him even though it ended up having a different meaning than I intended."
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  • Rhianna from London, United KingdomMy fiance' and I live in different countries......It's been 4yrs since we met. Right now the closes thing I have to him are my dreams. It's not death that's on my's him I think of.
  • Rebecca from Mchenry, Ilwhen my nephew was killed right after he was born, my sister dedicated this song to her son. all she has left are the memories of him and this song is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes everytime i hear it. it deff has some kind of meaning to everyone, because we all can relate to the lyrics!
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