Sleep On The Street

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


Song 2 off of our LP "Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday (Sundae) Surprise" is "Sleep". It was written on April 15, 1994, one week after Kurdt Cobain's death. The lyrics were written at my job and completed when I arrived home from work. Awaken from your slumber, for you can sleep when you're the opposite of alive and lay back as the dreamy lyrics of "Sleep" entertain and enter in you :<br&>

Lyrics


I love you, I love you, I love you now<br&> I love you, I love you, I love you now<br&>

I may not say a word, I might destroy a bird<br&> He might sleep on the street right now<br&>

They may run over me, I might force them to see<br&> That I'm trying to sleep right now<br&>

Crucify, crucify, crucify now<br&> I don't know, I don't want, I love you now<br&>

I may give you the son, I might produce the sun<br&> He might sleep on the street right now<br&>

Of course you hate him for that<br&> And you love him for this<br&> And I'm trying to sleep right now<br&>

Notes


The chord progression for the verses is : E Major / G Major / F Major / F Diminished. The chord progression for the chorus is : B Major / D Major / E Major / B b Major / B Major / D Major / E Major / F Major / B Major / D Major / E Major / B b Major / G Major / F Major / E Major / E b Major. The overall effect that these chords produce is a heightened sense of awareness, alertness, suspicion, tension and resignation, as the chords go forward and backwards on a rollercoaster ride rocking you back and forth in your cradles until you alas succumb to your bronze, silver and golden slumbers. When we play the song live, sometimes to lovingly seduce the audiences, I will play "Brahm's Lullaby", before launching into our jazzy version of "Sleep". Before that, the way we had been playing the song live, was the rock version, how the song was originally written. By the time the "Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise" LP was recorded and eventually released, we had opted for The Last Hard Men (a band comprised of Sebastian Bach, myself, Kelley Deal and Jimmy Chamberlin) to record that rock version of the song back in 1996, and chose the slower version for the "HLSS" LP (that's short for "Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise"). The Last Hard Men version of "Sleep" would be captured on celluloid in a Robert Tucker movie entitled "Final Rinse", released in 1999, wherein the band having been introduced on stage by Joey Ramone, lip synchs to the song in front of an audience. The Frogs also recorded a version of "Sleep" ala "About A Girl", the song written by Kurtis Blow Cobain, which we sometimes performed live. The final version on the "HLSS" LP took on an American Indian feel with backing vocals ala Donovan provided by Dennis.<br&>

I love you, I love you, I love you now, I love you, I love you, I love you now. I had met someone the day before I wrote this song that I felt attracted to. Upon meeting this person, I was asked what I thought about the news about Kurt six days earlier, and my response was "I didn't like it" and that person's response was "That's an understatement". I could have placed these words in alternate orders, ("Love you I, Love I you, You I love, You love I, or I you love)", but I chose the groundbreaking order, "I love you" and followed it up with an exclamation point just to prove how serious I was, "now". I have been told that I fall in love too easily, but I personally see that as a positive. I may not say a word. I have been told that I am quiet. In bed, on another occasion I was told I was a "Chatty Cathy Doll". I might destroy a bird. This line came out and ryhmed with bird. The line may have come from me walking to my car the night before and seeing a bird and he might sleep on the street right now was most likely about a homeless person I saw that night on my way as well. They may run over me, I might force them to see that I'm trying to sleep right now. Sometimes the kings of the road, homeless, bums, and tramps may be involved in traffic accidents. Crucify, crucify, crucify now, I dont know, I don't want, I love you now. An end, confusion and uncertainty and then realizing love is the focus and in focus. I may give you the son. Yes sire. I might produce the sun. This is a greater production than what we are currently accustomed to. He might sleep on the street right now. It is possible. Of course you hate him for that and you love him for this and I'm trying to sleep right now. Ultimately the song is about me meeting someone, (the love notion) and K.C. and The Sunshine Band or Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Of course you hate him for that. That means as many people that may love Kurt's music, there are those who don't. And the line "And you love him for this", meant that those same people love him for not presently being visible in his usual form. "And I'm trying to sleep right now" is Kurt speaking.<br&>

The song sleep contains vocals and electric guitar by myself and keyboards, drums and backing vocals by Dennis.<br&>