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Hypnogogic Hallucination Song

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Hey guys! I am in the midst of a new love affair with a band called Owl City. Though, it's not a band so much as a guy living in a basement somewhere. But it's good. And said guy apparently battles insomnia so a lot of his stuff is about sleep and/or dreams. Very interesting stuff.

One of his songs (that apparently reminds my boyfriend of me) is full of dream imagery and repeats the phrase "I fall asleep in hospital parking lots" throughout.

But I wanted to post another of his songs because I think it's a very good and vivid depiction of the way I feel about things, especially my (all too common) hypnogogic hallucinations. You know that time when you are technically sleeping I suppose, but it doesn't feel like it. I lay in bed with my mind aware just wishing I could drop off while the world around me descends into fantasy. There is the frustration at not being able to sleep even though I'm sure a PSG readout would disagree.


You would not believe your eyes

if ten million fireflies lit up the world as I fell asleep

'Cause they'd fill the open air

and leave teardrops everywhere

you'd think me rude but I would just stand and stare


I'd like to make myself believe

that planet Earth turns slowly

Its hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep

'Cause everything is never as it seems

'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs

as they tried to teach me how to dance

A foxtrot above my head

a sockhop beneath my bed

a disco ball is just hanging by a thread


When I fall asleep leave my door open just a crack

(please take me away from here)

'Cause I feel like such an insomniac

(please take me away from here)

why do I tire of counting sheep

(please take me away from here)

when I'm far too tired to fall asleep

To ten million fireflies

I'm weird 'cause I hate goodbyes

I got misty eyes as they said farewell

but I'll know where several are

If my dreams get real bizarre

'cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar

Chorus (x2)

I'd like to make myself believe that planet earth turns slowly

It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep

'Cause my dreams are bursting at the seams

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