Sleeping In

Album: Give Up (2003)
Play Video


  • This song seems to be about simplifying things and laying down facts over reason or opinion. It is a longing for clarity and peace, and also that it sucks to be woken up when you plan to sleep in. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    alvin - sioux center, IA

Comments: 9

  • Lacey from Mesa, AzOh this beautiful song. Sleeping In is about pretty much the What If's in life. Its thinking in a completely different standpoint. "Ignorance" is a good word, but then you listen to the line, "We can swim any day in November" and you remember that its a dream. A wish. I'd like to use the terminology, "Forgetting the science and remembering your heart's desire"
  • Tim from Akron, OhI think it's pretty clear what this song is trying to say. "Last night I had the strangest dream, everything was exactly as it seemed". It's strange because in reality nothing is as simple as rationalizations of the dreams(verses). And the chorus is about the temptation to just live in the ignorance that everything is ok, or "Sleep In" while having those dreams.
  • Roman Soiko from Plainsboro, NjWell I believe this song justifies complancency, as seen in the eyes of one.

    Just admit all of the problems, expect there to be problems and move on.
  • Allan from Calgary, CanadaI think sleeping in is a metaphor for ignoring the world around you. For example, "everything was exactly as it seems" means there are no conspiracy theories RE: JFK. He also expresses a who cares outlook on global warming.

    To me, sleeping in has the "ignorance is bliss" attitude because you are 'wasting' your day napping and dreaming.
  • Alex from Oak Hill, VaIf you like the Postal Service;s stuff, then check out Death Cab For Cutie, Ben Gibbard's main band. They have at least four albums, and the lyrics and song style are similar to Postal Service.
  • Ashley from Naples , Flyes give up is their only album unfortionately but if you look hard enough you can find a few other songs like Against All Odds which is a Phil Collins cover done for Wicker Park, or The Dream of Evan and Chan, which isn't really The Postal Service but it's what started it. There's also Be Still My Heart which is one of my favorite songs and Suddenly Everything Has Changed which is a Flaming Lips cover.
  • Tom from Harrogate, Englandi love all of their songs but is give up their only album? can't any more, i think that Natrual anthem is their best song on that album because it's sooo up lifting :)
  • Alvaro from Vestal, NyTo me, the song--particularly the last part--is about disappointment with the world as a whole for its oblivion to global problems. There's these concerns about global warming--which are coming true ("now we can swim any day in November")--and yet everyone thinks that they are "just being rewarded," and goes about their happy lives. Hence the singer says screw it, I'm sleeping in.
  • Megan from Columbus, OhI loove looooooooove loooooooooooooove every song by the postal service!!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Dar Williams

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real Group

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real GroupSong Writing

The leader of the Modern A Cappella movement talks about the genre.

Ed Roland of Collective Soul

Ed Roland of Collective SoulSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Shine," "December," "The World I Know" and other Collective Soul hits.

Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa CarltonSongwriter Interviews

The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks and how she captured a song from a dream.

David Bowie Leads the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men

David Bowie Leads the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired MenSong Writing

Bowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"They're Playing My Song

Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers.