Released on: Lifeblood (Album #7), Sony Records, 1 November 2004
Sleep is beautiful for me. I hate dreaming because it ruins ten hours of bliss.
The frequently-recurring theme of sleep returns yet again on ‘I Live to Fall Asleep’, but the song could hardly be further from [T43] ‘Sleepflower’. Built to a large extent around piano playing which is much more delicate than that of the previous two songs on Lifeblood, the song employs a gentle, soothing style which suits its subject perfectly.
The effect is reinforced by a mix which is quite dreamy and spacious – even by Lifeblood standards – and Bradfield’s fairly subdued vocals and guitar. Interestingly, the lyrics in the verses and chorus seem to have very little to with each other. The verses straightforwardly evangelise about the healing nature of sleep, but the chorus laments a lost friend, “another boy struck dumb with love”. As with the previous track, the chorus is well-constructed and probably the most impressive aspect of the song.
A pretty but reasonably indifferent recording when heard alone, ‘I Live to Fall Asleep’ works more effectively in its album context – not least as a stark contrast with the much more intense and anguished [T167] ‘To Repel Ghosts’, which follows immediately afterwards.
Choice Lyric (Full Lyrics)
“I never want to dream / it infiltrates beauty”