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Once You Wake Up
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

And what about the times
Now I'm grabbing out at breaking glass
An attempt to find a memory
That makes it seem glorious or at least okay

But all I have is me
In a razor caught off guard as you brush by
The alarm wakes me out of bed
And the dream I was just having simply fades away

And blindly do I see
At the sunlight I am freezing
And as I start to come around
I want to fall back to the ground
Roll over and make sense again

But its too late I am awake
And its sensation I can't fake
As I try my best to pretend

But once you wake up
You just can't fall back asleep anymore
I know it isn't fair
But once you're aware
You can backtrack all you want
You can mourn for what's gone
But you're up either way
You better deal with your day

I remember I was tired
In fact I still have some sleep in my eyes
So I got all warm and safe and numb
Figured I would lie down and rest a while
Next thing came the morning
And you're shaking me and telling me to rise
And I would tell you anything
To stall and make you think or smile or cry
You see all I need is you
And then I start to understand what love does
Now there's so much that I can give
And I finally want to live
You know before I just didn't really ever care
And I'll do more than hold on
I want to celebrate the dawn
I don't ever want to go back to sleep I swear

But once you wake up
You can't just fall back to sleep anymore
I know it isn't fair
But once you're aware
You can backtrack all you want
You can mourn for what's gone
But you're up either way
You better deal with your day

1999 John Popper

First release: Zygote
Released: 09/09/1999
Earliest time played: 09/04/1999
Last time played: 01/26/2000
Playing frequency:
  16 plays (see all shows)
  0.86% of shows in the database
  1.66% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  As quoted in an article in the Denver Times, "Popper says the song properly sums up his emotional journey: 'I was asleep for 10 years, and now that I'm looking, it probably sucks, but you can't pretend you're sleeping.'"



"Once You Wake Up" is really about revelations and how you can't ignore them once you make them. It was these very revelations about my life and myself that made this record possible. So I feel "Once You Wake Up" is really sort of the theme of the record.
- John Popper, September 7th, 1999 - The Web's Entertainment Center online chat.