The Smiths: Asleep Meaning
Sing me to sleep
I’m tired and i
I want to go to bed
Sing me to sleep
Sing me to sleep
And then leave me alone
Don’t try to wake me in the morning
’cause I will be gone
Don’t feel bad for me
I want you to know
This song is about suicide.
First off: "Im tired and I want to go to bed." This is not literal. He wants to die.
Second: "Sing me to sleep and then leave me. Don't try to wake me in the morning cause i will be gone." He wants to let us know that he wants to die alone. He won't be able to be woken up because he is gone aka dead.
The song goes on to say he is glad to go, he knows there is a better world. He doesn't want to wake up on his own anymore: he feels alone and abandoned in this world. (just the way i felt when i was deeply depressed)
There can only be hop for a better world after this one. Suicide may be the only way he feels that he can be at peace.
anonymous Jul 19th, 2014 7:27pm report
To me this song is about suicide. My son would play this tune on the piano over and over again and I never asked him what it meant to him. I never knew the words until after his suicide on May 28, 2014. He was 22 years old suffering from depression, anxiety and Bipolar. Each and every word means exactly what it says. We played his song at his funeral and many friends were very touched by this song. They never knew he was that depressed where he would take his own life. It has new meaning to me now and I can connect this with how my son felt. I just wished I talked to him about the lyrics before so I could have helped him. Depression can be controlled but you do need to ask for help.
anonymous Aug 28th, 2013 8:15am report
i think the song is about someone suffering either from an illness or depression and can't handle it anymore and just wants their final sleep, the song is so very beautiful.
anonymous May 28th, 2013 5:00pm report
I don't think it is about suicide at all. It sounds as if the persona is someone who most probably suffers a terrible illness or something, maybe cancer. He is in a great deal of pain and would like to have the final sleep. There does not appear to be any overt or positive act that indicates voluntary suicide, but rather, knowing that the end of his life is near and he accepts it calmly, and asks the listener to sing him off...
anonymous Sep 17th, 2011 9:14pm report
I don't think the song is about death or suicide at all. It seems like he's been down and is exhausted of all the pain he's been through for so long given the part "I'm tired and I/ I want to go to bed". He doesn't want to wake up with the same old feeling of being sad and alone. And as for the part "Deep in the cell of my heart/ I will feel glad to go" it could probably be about how he has changed from what he used to be. I don't know I could be completely wrong the song doesn't seem as depressing as some may think.
anonymous May 15th, 2011 5:12pm report
Well, there's a lot of ways to see this song. And there's a lot of ways The Smiths saw it. Maybe they saw it in ways we could never. Maybe it's not about suicide. Maybe it's not even about death. Maybe he's been alone. And maybe he just wants to know that, when he wakes up, there's going to be someone there. And maybe he wants to end on a "good note", so, what's better than knowing someone will be there wen you wake up, even if you're not going to. Because it's nice waking up to someone, anyone. It's just nice. Maybe that's it. I'm not too sure. I'm really not.
anonymous May 3rd, 2011 5:07pm report
It's about suicide. But Mozzers magical gift for words and vocals makes it uplifting and deep. With John-boys piano and the wind it's just beautiful.
anonymous Apr 5th, 2011 4:10am report
"sing me to sleep, sing me to sleep, im tired and i, i want to go to bed, sing me to sleep, sing me to sleep, and then leave me alone..." is basically asking for assistance, 'give me a reason to...' and when I am no longer, you may go.
"dont try to wake me in the morning, cause i will be gone." is saying that he is dead, no reason to bother.
"dont feel bad for me, i want you to know, deep in the cell of my heart i will feel so glad to go." I've contemplated this for awhile now, and I really feel as if this is the best option.
"I dont want to wake up on my own anymore" is showing a sense of loneliness, of no belonging.
"there is another world, there is a better world, there must be, well there must be" is supporting his reasons for ending his life, in this case that because this 'world' or his life was difficult his next world or life will be easier, better.
"bye, bye, bye" is his last words to the world or the person with him.
anonymous Dec 26th, 2009 12:46pm report
It's about a cancer (terminally ill) patient, wishing to die and ready to go, but not wanting to go until they have said goodbye. Sing me to sleep and increase the medication ( I'm ready to go) and be there with me while I die, but don't expect me to be there in the morning.
anonymous Apr 22nd, 2009 4:44pm report
I think that the person is confused as to if he wants to die or not. I think the person is just looking for a better place and that place just might be heaven. The lyrics change from 'sing me to sleep' to 'sing to me', I think that holds some significance.
anonymous Apr 1st, 2008 4:35pm report
I agree that this song is about suicide. Perhaps it's about euthanization as well, with the lyric "Sing me to sleep."
anonymous Apr 21st, 2006 4:07pm report
Well its kind of obvious. It's about embracing death. "Don’t try to wake me in the morning cause I will be gone"
I think it was inspired by Keats.
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