Behind the Wall of Sleep

Album: Especially For You (1986)
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  • She had hair like Jeannie Shrimpton back in 1965
    She had legs that never ended
    I was halfway paralyzed
    She was tall and cool and pretty and she dressed as black as coal
    If she asked me to I'd murder, I would gladly lose my soul

    Now I lie in bed and think of her
    Sometimes I even weep
    Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

    Well she held a bass guitar and she was playing in a band
    And she stood just like Bill Wyman
    Now I am her biggest fan
    Now I know I'm one of many who would like to be your friend
    And I've got to find a way to to let you know I'm not like them

    Now I lie in bed and think of her
    Sometimes I even weep
    Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

    Now I lie in bed and think of her
    Sometimes I even weep
    Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

    Got your number form a friend of mine who lives in your home town
    Called you up to have a drink
    Your roommate said you weren't around
    Now I know I'm one of many who would like to be your friend
    And I've just got to find a way to to let you know I'm not like them

    Now I lie in bed and think of her
    Sometimes I even weep
    Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep
    Behind the wall of sleep
    Behind the wall of sleep
    Behind the wall of sleep Writer/s: Pat Dinizio
    Publisher: CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
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Comments: 7

  • AnonymousIt's about Kim Ernst of the Bristols
  • Not Alwayspc from Simi Valley, CaPat gave interview to Forbes Magazine: We’d done a gig with The Bristols, four fabulous women who looked, sounded and dressed like Roger McGuinn’s The Byrds. Kim had black hair, really long: “She looked like Jeannie Shrimpton back in 1965, she had legs that never ended, I was halfway paralyzed. She was tall and cool and pretty, and she dressed as black as coal. If she asked me to I’d murder, I would gladly lose my soul.” Our first two hits were Blood And Roses, about suicide, and this one, "if you’d ask me to I’d murder" - very dark material [laughs].
  • Ken from Philadelphia, PaVery bummed to hear about the death of Pat Dinizio today (12/13/2017). The Smithereens were went from a local phenomena in Central New Jersey to a national act while I was in college just up the road from Carteret, New Jersey. I saw them play several times before... and as... they broke nationally (in the mid 80s) and saw them once more in the mid 90s. "Especially for You" was one of the last vinyl albums I ever bought and I wore that f--ker out, especially this song. People like to boil down 80s music into an amalgam of "new wave", early rap and MTV-driven dance pop. This band... and especially this song... proves that to be, at best, an oversimplification and, at worst, an outright lie.
  • George from UsaThe song was written by Pat Dinuzio for a bass player of an all girls group called the Bristols out of Boston whom he met while making an album there.
  • Annabella from Middle Of NowhereThe model mentioned, Jean Shrimpton, one of her nicknames was "The Shrimp".
  • John from Beltsville, MdSome of the coolest lyrics from one of the best songs of the 80s!
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaThis song is very powerful and It reminds me of college about this goth chick I was in love with at the time. I still dream of her behind the wall of sleep...
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