Sleeping In

Album: Give Up (2003)
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  • Last week I had the strangest dream
    where everything was exactly how it seemed
    where there was never any mystery
    of who shot John F Kennedy
    It was just a man with something to prove,
    slightly bored and severely confused
    He steadied his rifle with his target in the center
    and became famous on that day in November

    Don't wake me, I plan on sleeping in
    Don't wake me, I plan on sleeping in
    Don't wake me, I plan on sleeping in
    Don't wake me, I plan on sleeping in

    Again last night I had that strange dream
    where everything was exactly how it seemed
    concerns about the world getting warmer
    people thought that they were just being rewarded
    for treating others as they'd like to be treated
    for obeying stop signs and curing diseases
    for mailing letters with the address of the sender
    Now we can swim any day in November

    Don't wake me, I plan on sleeping in (Now we can swim any day in November)

    Don't wake me, I plan on sleeping in
    Don't wake me, I plan on sleeping in

    Don't wake me, I plan on sleeping in
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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!!
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