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I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles

I'm Only Sleeping

Revolver
classic rock 60s rock british The Beatles


"I'm Only Sleeping" is a song by The Beatles that appeared on their studio album Revolver (in the US on the Yesterday and Today album). Though the song-writing credit is Lennon-McCartney, it was written mostly by John Lennon. It is unique because it features a dual guitar solo by George Harrison played backwards and an electronically compressed rhythm guitar track. The solo is consistent with the rest of the song because Harrison took great pains to practice the entire melody of his solo backwards, so that when reversed and mixed in, it would fit the overall dreamlike mood of the rest of the song. This hazy, disjointed mood on top of the lyrics suggest a drug-induced state rather than actual dreaming, and this is the most widely accepted interpretation of the song. However, the first draft of Lennon's lyrics for "I'm Only Sleeping", written on the back of a letter from 1966, suggest that he actually was writing about the joys of staying in bed rather than any drug euphoria. In fact, Lennon loved staying in bed or on a couch, and when he wasn't sleeping, he would sit in it and read, write, or watch television. In a March 1966 interview with Maureen Cleave, the same interview in which Lennon made his "more popular than Jesus" remark, Cleave said, "He can sleep almost indefinitely, is probably the laziest person in England."


The Beatles were an iconic rock group from Liverpool, England. They are frequently cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in modern history, with innovative music, a cultural impact that helped define the 1960s and an enormous influence on music that is still felt today. Currently, The Beatles are one of the two musical acts to sell more than 1 billion records, with only Elvis Presley having been able to achieve the same feat. Show more ...

I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles

(Lennon/McCartney)

When I wake up early in the morning
Lift my head, I m still yawning
When I m in the middle of a dream
Stay in bed, float up stream (Float up stream)

Please, don t wake me, no, don t shake me
Leave me where I am, I m only sleeping

Everybody seems to think I m lazy
I don t mind, I think they re crazzy
Running everywhere at such a speed
Till they find there s no need (There s no need)

Please, don t spoil my day, I m miles away
And after all I m only sleeping

Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
Taking my time

Lying there and staring at the ceiling
Waiting for a sleepy feeling...

Please, don t spoil my day, I m miles away
And after all I m only sleeping

Ooh yeah

Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
Taking my time

When I wake up early in the morning
Lift my head, I m still yawning
When I m in the middle of a dream
Stay in bed, float up stream (Float up stream)

Please, don t wake me, no, don t shake me
Leave me where I am, I m only sleeping



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