Song Lyric Sunday: Sleep| Daniel Lanois

This is a theme that could go in a lot of directions.  Sleep makes me think of the end of day and night time, which makes me think of the sunrise.  Sleep makes me think of dreaming.  Sleep is often a metaphor for death (ala Dylan Thomas), or the end of days.  Of course, most rock ‘n’ roll is about some kind of party, antithesis to “sleep”; staying up all night makes me wish for sleep.

Let’s see what I come up with.

Song: “Sleeping in the Devil’s Bed”
Album: Until the End of the World soundtrack
Artist:  Daniel Lanois
Song Writer: Daniel Lanois

The song comes from the acceptably weird movie, and astoundingly great soundtrack, Until the End of the World.  Except for this song, I only know this guy as a producer.  A recent discovery of mine is his production work with Bob Dylan on Oh, Mercy.  Dylan’s description of working with Lanois, in the autobiographical Chronicles, Vol. 1, is one of the great things I’ve read this year.

The song appears to be about love and love lost, but sometimes interpreting poems is a sore point for me.


Thanks to Helen for the challenge;   Song Lryic Sunday


I thought of you in blue and red
I thought of you when you were playing
I thought of you in my bed
You were there bound and chained

I thought of you there next to me
Wearing your pretty face
I thought of everything that you could be
Sleeping in the devil’s bed

I looked for you when the lights were low
And I paid for what I had
I looked for you way down below
‘Til I felt I was going mad

I think of you when I tell myself
And the fever rises high
I think of you and I get what’s coming
Sleeping in the devil’s bed

Oh why, why, why, why, baby, why?
Oh why, why, why, why, why, why, baby, why?

I thought of you up there on the ladder
I thought of you when I heard the news
I thought of you and it didn’t matter
If I accepted you’ll refuse

I wanted you and I wanted more
I wanted everything
I wanted what I couldn’t get
Sleeping in the devil’s bed
In the devil’s bed

I woke up in the steady rain
I woke up when you said
It’s late and I’m feeling heavy
Could you hold my aching head?

I found myself tangled in wire
I found you there in my dream
I found you in desire
You had left the devil’s bed
You had left the devil’s bed
Oh, baby, why?
You had left the devil’s bed

lyrics found at


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Song Lyric Sunday: Car|Springsteen

Any affinity I once had for The Boss is long gone.  Missing.  Perhaps my loss, he fell off my playlist when I added Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, The Smiths, X, Hoodoo Gurus, Psychedelic Furs, and on and on.

Struggling with this week’s theme – I was thinking through Gary Numan and Ric Ocasek’s The Cars – I finally, this morning, reached down into the dustier recesses of docile brain cells, and pulled out this lyric,

I’m driving in my car
I turn on the radio

Who was that?  It’s just a google search away.

Song:  “Fire”
Album:  written in 1977, but not released until The Promise box set in 2010
Artist:  Bruce Springsteen
Song Writer:  Bruce Springsteen

I’m giving two versions; the Pointer Sisters recorded this for a hit in 1979 (lyrics adjusted accordingly).

Thanks to Helen for the challenge;  Song Lryic Sunday

I’m driving in my car
I turn on the radio
I’m pulling you close
You just say no
You say you don’t like it
But girl I know you’re a liar
‘Cause when we kiss
Ooooh, Fire

Late at night
I’m takin’ you home
I say I wanna stay
You say you wanna be alone
You say you don’t love me
But you can’t hide your desire
‘Cause when we kiss
Oh, Fire

You had a hold on me
Right from the start
A grip so tight
I couldn’t tear it apart
My nerves all jumpin’
Actin’ like a fool
Well your kisses they burn
But your heart stays cool

Romeo and Juliet
Samson and Delilah
You can bet
Their love they didn’t deny
Your words say split
But your words they lie
‘Cause when we kiss
Mmmmmm, Fire
Fire  (I fixed a couple things)