The Wallflowers — Sleepwalker
Album: Breach
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6.6

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Total ratings: 725
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Released: 2000
Length: 3:19
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Maybe I could be the one they adore
That could be my reputation
It's where I'm from that lets them think I'm a whore
I'm an educated virgin

Now sleepwalker don't be shy
Now don't open your eyes tonight
You'll be the one that defends my life
While I'm dead asleep dreaming

Cupid don't draw back your bow
Sam Cooke didn't know what I know
I'll never be your valentine
The sleepwalker in me
And God only know that I tried

Now Let me in, Let me drown or learn how to swim
Just don't leave me at the window
I could be the one to be your next best friend
You may need someone to hold you
Sleepwalker take this knife
You may see someone tonight
You'd be the one who saves my life
When I'm dead asleep dreaming

Cupid don't draw back your bow
Sam Cooke didn't know what I know
Never be your valentine
The sleepwalker in me
God only know that I tried

I'm in your movie and everyone looks sad
But I can hear your voice in the laughtrack
But you never saw my best scene
The one where I sleep
I sleepwalk into your dreams

Now sleepwalker what's my line?
Now it's only a matter of time
Until I learn to open up my eyes
When I'm dead asleep dreaming

Now cupid don't draw back your bow
Sam Cooke didn't know what I know
Never be your valentine
The sleepwalker in me
Now the sleepwalker in me
Now the sleepwalker in me
And God only knows that I've tried
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 greiffenstein wrote:
An example of how a mediocre legacy can make chart-topping music while so much incredible talent goes by unnoticed.  These guys are the musical equivalent of boiled cabbage...kinda stinks, pretty insipid, but some crazy old jackass out there thinks it's the bees knees and keeps making it. 

 
I'm going to assume that you don't think this was done by Bob Dylan and that you recognize that his SON is in The Wallflowers and is not yet particularly crazy or old. With that in miind, your argument is invalid.  This is a perfectly crafted pop/rock song that was just right for the times in which it was released and still sounds good to these ears. 

Jakob has had to work harder due to the unmatchable legacy that his father is STILL leaving. This song, and others played here on RP, are great examples of how he has powered thru that obstacle to have his own sucessful career. 

This crazy old jackass is looking forward to his next offering, either solo or with The Wallflowers.
Hey! It's growing on me 😀
Pride of London all of sudden sings a rebel song.Lucky the  rebel has a tendency to swoop down in the woods.
 greiffenstein wrote:
An example of how a mediocre legacy can make chart-topping music while so much incredible talent goes by unnoticed.  These guys are the musical equivalent of boiled cabbage...kinda stinks, pretty insipid, but some crazy old jackass out there thinks it's the bees knees and keeps making it. 

 
I have to say, of all the opinions about your opinion I've seen, yours is the most impressed.
An example of how a mediocre legacy can make chart-topping music while so much incredible talent goes by unnoticed.  These guys are the musical equivalent of boiled cabbage...kinda stinks, pretty insipid, but some crazy old jackass out there thinks it's the bees knees and keeps making it. 
 h8rhater wrote:

It's a good thing they're not trying to.

 
Yeah, somebody could get burned!
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
These guys couldn't hold a candle to Sam Cooke

 
It's a good thing they're not trying to.
These guys couldn't hold a candle to Sam Cooke
....loving this night time theme RP.... must be sleepy  time here at 42 degrees south...{#Sleep}....
 apsteinmetz wrote:
The opening chords command attention but the rest of the song is, as another poster said, "comfortable.". For a song in the same vein that lives up to it's opening, try "the last DJ" by tom petty.

 
Perhaps, but for better or worse, Tom Petty personifies "comfortable" music.
 apsteinmetz wrote:
The opening chords command attention but the rest of the song is, as another poster said, "comfortable.". For a song in the same vein that lives up to it's opening, try "the last DJ" by tom petty.

 
apsteinmetz, I thought the same about the opening chords and Tom Petty.....a good call.
Way too many Wallflowers songs being played here...
Finally a Dylan that can sing...but then he had to go and write these inane lyrics. Could have used his dad's lyrical sense and then this would have been a rather complete rock tune.
Good. Like a T.Petty sound.
Zimmermann jr.
 jagdriver wrote:
Stupid lyrics
 
no driving while drunk {#Rolleyes}

Stupid lyrics
The opening chords command attention but the rest of the song is, as another poster said, "comfortable.". For a song in the same vein that lives up to it's opening, try "the last DJ" by tom petty.
The musical equivalent to very functional, comfortable furniture.
This song is a symbol to me of my Junior/Sophomore years of college (99-01). I'd moved from Kansas City to St. Joseph, MO, and all the great KC alternative stations that'd nutured me musically were changing formats even if they were a getting out of range up there. I was too poor by then to afford concerts like I'd used to do, and I'd not discover RP until later 2001. They were dark musical times where N'Sync and Brittney were taking over TRL every day and pushing out the last popular alt rock holdouts like Hole and the Goo Goo Dolls. But St. Joe's old standby for radio, K-JO (105.5, but then 105.1 still) was there. They've always been nominally a 'pop' station, but a little behind the times and with an odd slant. As Alt Rock was the outgoing popular style, it got play, but they did an odd way of keeping it 'current'. They played a lot of stuff from the Barenaked Ladies, REM, and the Wallflower that wasn't their 'normal' stuff; they played some bands that missed the heyday (Vertical Horrizon, Lifehouse) but could have been big. Looking back I really appreciate that good music, though at the time I bristled at it. And the more ecclectic, adult-contomporary slant of it probably even paved the way for me to more fully appreciate RP (which has been my main taste maker for 10 years now).
From father to sons: Bob Dylan -> Tom Petty -> Wallflowers.
 TimeWaster wrote:
"Her"? What? I don't get it...
 
Oops, sorry, I added a comment for Anna Ternheim to this song. Even Homer nods... ;)


Maybe I could be the one they adore
That could be my reputation
It's where I'm from that lets them think I'm a whore
I'm an educated virgin



New Jakob Dylan album out today!  Women and Country{#Roflol}
 jlind wrote:
Whatever happened to these guys?
 
I think Jakob did a solo album after this and now they're back together?  I always thought they were pretty good.

I feel the same way about them.  i swa them live a few month's prior to their second release and they were fantatstic.   On record they are very hit and miss for me.
Probably the band for whom my ratings are the most polar. I either love their stuff, or, well, the opposite {#Shifty}.

Love this one. 8
This is real, not faking it. {#Dancingbanana}
Whatever happened to these guys?
 tompoll wrote:
Forgive my ignorance on band member names, but I swear these guys have one of the best B3 players since the dearly departed Billy Preston.
 

oh come on tompoll, this is rp— no forgiveness needed. unconditional!  we are artist here! !  {#Shhh}
 lwilkinson wrote:
Sounds like a "Better" Tom Petty & a more talented Heartbreakers with more rythum.
 
Troll's got rythum! {#Rolleyes}
Forgive my ignorance on band member names, but I swear these guys have one of the best B3 players since the dearly departed Billy Preston.


 SoundsGoodToMe wrote:
Dad to Jakob: "Turn that garbage down."
Jakob to Dad: "You don't get my music."
Dad to Jakob: "I'm Bob Dylan. I get your music. It sucks. Now turn it down."

(Not my joke but thought I'd share anyway.)
 

You can't help but wonder if such a conversation took place.  During the interview part after his appearance on Austin City Limits, he didn't even mention Bob.  He talked about being a big fan of Joe Strummer when he was a teenager.
 SoundsGoodToMe wrote:
Dad to Jakob: "Turn that garbage down."
Jakob to Dad: "You don't get my music."
Dad to Jakob: "I'm Bob Dylan. I get your music. It sucks. Now turn it down." (Not my joke but thought I'd share anyway.)
 

Reminded me of that "Doug" routine from The State:

Doug:  Whatever, dad, I'm not on drugs.  What do I look like, Bob Dylan?
Dad: Doug, do you even know who Bob Dylan is?
Doug: No... But I know he died from drugs!
Dad: Bob Dylan is alive and well, Doug, I produced his last three albums.
Doug: Oh, you mean Uncle Robert?  He's not dead!

Also, is it me or are the Wallflowers bordering on overplayed here on RP?  It seems like every day around this time there's something by them...


His voice kind of sounds like,,,help me out here,,old folk- singer,back in the hippie days,nah forget it!{#Eh}
Very nice composition, very well executed.
 lwilkinson wrote:
Sounds like a "Better" Tom Petty & a more talented Heartbreakers with more rythum.
 
{#Doh}Oh, fer crying out loud.  Clueless.
 Brotherchaos1980 wrote:
I get so sad over this band. "Bringing Down the Horse" is an incredible, beautiful work. Everything else they've done is just limp and lackluster.

 

There have certainly been a few other bright spots, here and there, this song being one of them...
I get so sad over this band. "Bringing Down the Horse" is an incredible, beautiful work. Everything else they've done is just limp and lackluster.
sweet SoundsGoodToMe wrote:
Dad to Jakob: "Turn that garbage down." Jakob to Dad: "You don't get my music." Dad to Jakob: "I'm Bob Dylan. I get your music. It sucks. Now turn it down." (Not my joke but thought I'd share anyway.)
Sounds like a "Better" Tom Petty & a more talented Heartbreakers with more rythum.
"Her"? What? I don't get it... fredriley wrote:
It's a bit unfortunate that, to someone this side of the Pond, her accent makes one of her lines sound like she's saying "No sod-all man came to my town"... Nice song, though :)
It's a bit unfortunate that, to someone this side of the Pond, her accent makes one of her lines sound like she's saying "No sod-all man came to my town"... Nice song, though :)
Nice segue from Elvis Costello! :clap:
Great band. It's been a long time since their last album, isn't it? Any news about them?
No, no, no. Not Tom Petty. Elvis Costello. That's funny that RP just played 13 Steps Down, and now they're playing this. Somebody's got a sense of humor.
SoundsGoodToMe wrote:
Dad to Jakob: "Turn that garbage down." Jakob to Dad: "You don't get my music." Dad to Jakob: "I'm Bob Dylan. I get your music. It sucks. Now turn it down." (Not my joke but thought I'd share anyway.)
:roflol: :roflol: :roflol:
rah wrote:
come on, Bill --! you have to follow this with Sam Cooke, not Joe Ely!
Agreed! By the way, Sam Cooke's "Cupid" is one of the greatest songs ever recorded! The vocal is so pure it makes one weep!!!
sounds like his Dad channelling Tom Petty... still, I like it it's a catchy tune. Must be tough on a young guy in the industry with Dylan being your Dad. Pete Himmelman your brother-in-law... Geez, it's a wonder he doesn't just drive trucks for a living... all that talent scares the &%$# out of me...
some songs are always followed by the same other songs...