The Deep and Dreamless Sleep

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"The Deep and Dreamless Sleep"
The Deep and Dreamless Sleep cover
Album track by Weezer
Album SZNZ: Winter
Released December 21, 2022
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Live debut September 19, 2022 in West Hollywood, CA
SZNZ: Winter track listing
"Why Don't You Get Me"
(7)
(vinyl-only)
"The Deep and Dreamless Sleep"
(8)

"The Deep and Dreamless Sleep" is the seventh (or eighth, on vinyl releases) and final track from SZNZ: Winter.

Appearances

Overview


Rivers Cuomo head.png
That one was very challenging because initially, it was a very, very quiet, peaceful song about about growing old, the five senses fading, and just falling into this sleep that eventually is death and oblivion, but very peacefully. And so that’s what the original song is like. And if you come across the bootleg from our performance at The Troubadour a few months ago, you’ll hear something closer to that.

But then — and this is what usually happens to me when I’m working on a Weezer record — as we play songs over and over, they start to pick up in energy. And we just have this instinct to have a really glorious, uplifting sound. So, we were trying to combine that with what was kind of the opposite, the soporific sleepy song that it originally was. And in addition to that, I realized this is the last song in this four part epic masterpiece, this tetralogy. And who knows, maybe someday we’ll play it live front to back from Spring to Winter. And I know when we get to the end of that epic show, 28 songs, we’re going to want to go out on an up note and have it be really energetic.

So that was the challenge, combining those two contradictory impulses. So you’ll hear elements of acoustic fingerpicking, and this orchestra and this women’s choir, and the lyrics are quite beautiful and peaceful. But the song just keeps picking up and up. And it’s quite rousing by the end.
- Rivers Cuomo, Consequence interview, December 2022[1]


The song title "The Deep and Dreamless Sleep" was originally discovered by fans in the database for a Weezer set list survey hosted on Cuomo's website in June of 2022.

Weezer (under the Goat Punishment moniker) performed SZNZ: Winter in its entirety (including "The Deep and Dreamless Sleep") at a secret show in West Hollywood on September 19, 2022, months ahead of the EP's release. A demo of "The Deep and Dreamless Sleep" was leaked online in December of 2022.

On March 27, 2023, Karl Koch announced on the Weezer Fan Club Facebook page that Brian Bell would be uploading a music video for "The Deep and Dreamless Sleep" which included a special arrangement of the song onto his new YouTube channel once it reached 1000 subscribers.[2] After achieving this goal the video was released on April 21, 2023. The music video, directed by D.W. Brown, features Bell performing a slower, country music version of the song.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo The Deep and Dreamless Sleep The Deep And Dreamless Sleep 2021-06-22 15.43.mp3 June 22, 2021 3:05 Leaked online
Weezer The Deep and Dreamless Sleep 2022
  • Groove Masters, Santa Monica, CA
  • The Village Recorder, West Los Angeles, CA
  • Funkhaus Berlin, Berlin, Germany
4:35 SZNZ: Winter
Brian Bell The Deep and Dreamless Sleep 2022 5:58 Released on YouTube
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Personnel

Weezer version

Brian Bell version

Audio

Brian Bell Version

Lyrics

Album version

Now the phone has stopped ringing 'round the clock
They’ve forgotten me
And I realize that it’s dumb to try
So I let them be
I can’t make out words on the page
I get confused by all the rage
La-di-da-di-da-di-da-di, I’m slippin' into

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The pill for all my pain
The cure for all my grief
The deep and dreamless sleep

Now the sun goes down and the flurries fall
On my lonely home
I could watch a play, read some Hemingway
But I probably won’t
I can’t recall last Saturday
It’s hard to hear what people say
La-di-da-di-da-di-da-di, I’m slippin' into

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The pill for all my pain
The cure for all my grief
The deep and dreamless sleep

I remember you well
How you loved the holidays
How you wrapped up the toys
And you left them on display
I remember our kiss
Underneath the mistletoe
How it all slipped away
And we had to let you go

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The pill for all my pain
The cure for all my grief
The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep

Fall into the deep and dreamless sleep

Deep and dreamless sleep
Deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep

Demo version

Now the phone has stopped ringing 'round the clock
They’ve forgotten me
And I realize that it’s dumb to try
So I let them be
I can’t make out words on the page
I get confused by all the rage
La-di-da-di-da-di-da-di, I’m slippin' into

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The night that killed the day
And takes fast hold of me
The deep and dreamless sleep

Now the sun goes down and the flurries fall
On my lonely home
I could watch the tube, read some Dr. Seuss
But I probably won’t
I can’t recall last Saturday
It’s hard to hear what people say
La-di-da-di-da-di-da-di, I’m slippin' into

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The night that killed the day
And takes fast hold of me
Fall into the deep and dreamless sleep

I remember you well
How you loved the holidays
How you wrapped up the gifts
And you left them on display
I remember the smell
Of the breath that gave you life
Like a sweet sugar plum
On a frozen Christmas night

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The night that killed the day
And takes fast hold of me
The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
Take me far away
Where all things cease to be
The deep and dreamless sleep

Fall into the deep and dreamless sleep

Brian Bell version

Now the phone has stopped ringing 'round the clock
They’ve forgotten me
And I realize that it’s dumb to try
So I let them be
I can’t make out words on the page
I get confused by all the rage
La-di-da-di-da-di-da-di, I’m slippin' into

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The night that kills the day
Will take fast hold of me
Fall into the deep and dreamless sleep

Now the sun goes down and the flurries fall
On my lonely home
I could watch the snow, hit a rodeo
But I probably won’t
I can’t recall last Saturday
It’s hard to hear what people say
La-di-da-di-da-di-da-di, I’m slippin' into

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The pill for all my pain
The cure for all my grief
Fall into the deep and dreamless sleep

I remember you well
How you loved the holidays
How you wrapped up the gifts
And you left them on display
I remember our kiss
Underneath the mistletoe
How it all slipped away
And we had to let you go

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The night that kills the day
Will take fast hold of me
The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The pill for all my pain
The cure for all my grief

Fall into the deep and dreamless sleep

The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep
The deep and dreamless sleep

See also

  1. Ragusa, AP "Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Discusses the Sad, Elliott Smith-ness of SZNZ: Winter" Consequence, 21 December 2022 https://consequence.net/2022/12/weezer-interview-sznz-rivers-cuomo/
  2. Koch, Karl. Facebook. March 2023. File:BrianDADS.jpg