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Playlist: I Only Come Alive in Dreams

“I Only Come Alive in Dreams” is the one completely new track featured in the latest digital-only collection we’ve just released, Ce N‘est Pas Un Album: Hoards of Slaughter Sheep. It will eventually join the SURVIVING THE JONESES album when we have completed remaking all the old tracks from that collection. Before then, of course, we will also add the band members (right now it’s pretty much just me on there).


You’ll notice that the second half of the new collection’s title (Hoards of Slaughter Sheep) is derived from the line “hordes of slaughter sheep” in this track. Also you’ll note that I used a different form of the word (hoard vs horde), because the collection of songs is a collection (a hoard) versus a crowd (a horde). We English majors delight in such linguistic serendipities.


Anyway, HERE IS A PLAYLIST of songs that help contextualize the sonic palette and esprit de lyric of this song. Below, you will find both the playlist’s contents and then the lyrics to the song.

The Random Hubiak/I Only Come Alive in Dreams

MGMT/Time to Pretend

M83/Midnight City

Passion Pit/Take a Walk

The Blue Nile/A Walk Across the Rooftops

Florence + The Machine/Shake It Out

Lazyear/I Guess It’s Not the End of the World

BUHU/Kids

Ásgeir/I Know You Know

Laurie Anderson/Life on a String

Radiohead/True Love Waits

Lindsey Buckingham/Gone Too Far

Elvis Costello/The Other Side of Summer

Rusted Root/Food and Creative Love

Morrissey/Interesting Drug

Eurythmics/Power to the Meek

Band of Horses/Casual Party

Aimee Mann/Long Shot

Lindsey Buckngham/End of Time

Radiohead/You and Whose Army?

Björk/Declare Independence

Lorde/Royals

Prince/Sign O’The Times

Daft Punk/Revolution 909

Heaven 17/We Don't Need This Fascist Groove Thing

Challenger/I Am Switches

Arcade Fire/Everything Now

The Killers/Be Still

Passion Pit/The Reeling

I ONLY COME ALIVE IN DREAMS (Lyrics)

Hell is fluorescent lights and 4 x 4 x 4 foot walls

We look the other way and we ignore the writing on the stalls

These servile woods are thick with wolves in woolen three-piece suits

Who’ll turn on dimes and turn on you: to cull your meal, press execute.

I walk the waking day asleep, turn slowly, cog in the machine,

One of the hordes of slaughter-sheep. I only come alive in dreams.

My eyes, wide open, never see in blinding day these tragedies

In dark and night is where I keep my hope alive, only in dreams.

Heaven’s just a mirage of larger pens and greener fields

Of stock options and dividends, of promises that never yield

The picket fence, two-car garage, the in-law suite, the cul de sac.

Indoctrinated flocks defend these beasts of prey who stake our lack.

We walk the waking day asleep, turn slowly, cog in the machine,

One of the hordes of slaughter-sheep. I only come alive in dreams.

My eyes, wide open, never see in blinding day these tragedies

In dark and night is where I keep my hope alive, only in dreams.

We don our blinders willingly and walk the narrow corridors

Flash our executioners sympathetic smiles

Calculate the probability statistically to ensure

The next one that we walk will not be our final mile.

But when the day burns out we dream of flying, floating, soaring, never dying

An underworld of secret lives to keep the underclass alive

The masters are all soundly sleeping

Unaware the flocks that they’re keeping

Walk the waking day asleep, turn slowly, cog in the machine,

One of the hordes of slaughter-sheep. We only come alive in dreams.

Our eyes, wide open, never see in blinding day these tragedies

In dark and night is where we keep our hopes alive, only in dreams.

And one day when we all awake the ghosts asleep in this machine

The ground will swell, the earth will shake herself out of this waking dream.

The wolves will tremble where they stand, the braying choir no more to dream

Of terrors that devour their days, we will not only live in dreams.

 

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