No One Sleeps When I'm Awake
No One Sleeps When I'm Awake is a new wave song by The Sounds. It was recorded in early 2009 and released as a single on 2009-04-06, and later, on 2009-06-02, as track 1 on the album Crossing the Rubicon. The music was written by Félix Rodríguez and Jesper Anderberg, the lyrics were written by Rodríguez, Fredrik Nilsson, Anderberg, and Maja Ivarsson, the song was produced by Adam Schlesinger, James Iha, and the band.
On the album recording, Ivarsson sings vocals, Rodríguez plays guitar and sings backup vocals, Anderberg plays keyboards and sing backup vocals, Johan Bengtsson plays bass, and Nilsson plays drums and percussion.
Although the title implies a party song, the lyrics have a deeper meaning. From what I've gathered, the song is about the band members promising to each other that they would take their music seriously in order to become successful. They had seen many other musicians fail to meet their own expectations and stop playing, but the band wanted to make sure they achieved their dreams which meant having to sacrifice a lot and stay focused. And, even with all the hardships they endured in the process, they wouldn't certainly do it again.
I first heard this song from the album after being impressed with The Sounds from an indie playlist. I have a lot of love for the overall sound of this song especially the distorted guitar and synthesizer which adds a hint of dreaminess to it. The lyrics, about seeing other people in your field fall prey to ego and depression is pretty intense. My favorite part of the song is the crescendo on the final verse about how music has a different meaning when you can't seem to find yourself, and how awful that feels.
I've seen people losing all of their faith, Before they knew what they were looking for. I swore I'd never ever do it again, Till this day. Words are all I have to give to you, You never seem to see it my way. Standing in the shadows I hear, People say: I've got confessions to make. Listen up, No one sleeps when I'm awake! The dreams I dream, The song I sing for you; They're coming from my heart. Is my message getting through? You know it hurts so bad, Just like I knew that it would. But, I'd do it again, Do it again if I could. Do it again if I could. I don't think you know what it's like, You should be careful what you're wishing for. And try to set your ego aside. You will find, A false piece of mind. You fall behind, And everybody's getting tired of you. Standing in the shadows I hear, People say: I've got confessions to make. Listen up, No one sleeps when I'm awake! The dreams I dream, The song I sing for you; And they're coming from my heart. Is my message getting through? You know it hurts so bad, Just like I knew that it would. But, I'd do it again, Do it again if I could. Hey! Hey! Hey! I want you to know, know, know, know. Hey! Hey! Heeeeeeeeeeeeey Heeeeeeey! 'Cause the dreams that I dream, And the songs that I sing, When I lost myself, had a different meaning. Shut down and closed, imagine all of those, Hundreds of dreams, Taking place around you. It hurts so bad Just like I knew that it would. But I'd do it again, Do it again if I could. But I'd do it again, Do it again if I could. I'd do it again, I'd do it again, I'd do it again, I'd do it again if I could!
- wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Rubicon_%28The_Sounds_album%29 - Wikipedia page for Crossing the Rubicon.