Wide Awake

by Rain Perry

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This song is award-winning singer-songwriter Rain Perry's response to September 11th.

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Wide Awake
works and music by Rain Perry
2001 Precipitous Music/BMI



I had a dream — I was on an island at sea
Caressed by warm and gentle waves
Storms would threaten the North
They’d batter the South
But I’d come through unscathed
And I’d concern myself with the little things
Were the mangoes as sweet as they should be?
Then I’d stretch myself out naked on the beach
And let the trade winds blow over me

I awoke with a start
And a pounding in my heart
On a bright September day
With that weird disconnected feeling you get
When you’ve slept in way too late
There was a sinister cast to everything
And a vision beyond belief
But then I looked again and saw the world hadn’t changed
It had just come into relief

I’m awake - wide awake
I’ve never been this awake before
I’ve been sleeping forever, but I’m not sleeping anymore
No, I’m awake, I’m awake, I’m awake

To be truly alive means knowing you’ll die
That’s the catch – there’s the rub
And you finally figure out what’s important
When there isn’t time enough
I’m losing patience for the little things
And it’s the same with everyone I see
But if this brings me closer to the people that I love
Then that’s no tragedy

I’m awake - wide awake
I’ve never been this awake before
I’ve been sleeping forever, but I’m not sleeping anymore
No, I’m awake, I’m awake, I’m awake

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released December 15, 2001
Rain Perry - vocals
Jonathan Raffetto - guitars, bass
Jesse Siebenberg - drums

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Rain Perry Ojai, California

Rain Perry’s “Beautiful Tree” was the theme for the CW Network’s Life Unexpected, on which she also had the surreal pleasure of appearing as herself. She has released four albums on her own Precipitous Records, as well as writing and touring a solo play about her childhood. In 2016 she completed The Shopkeeper, her first film. She teaches a series of classes called Songwriting for Civilians. ... more

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