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i dream of sleeping (peacefully)

from dog years by Teddy Quinn

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my partner had told me that her favorite color had changed and now eggplant was her preference. that day there was an earthquake in l.a., centered at that big shopping mall where she was shopping, while jeremy and i had coffee at the farmer's market. i went home to the desert and wrote this song and the next morning two airplanes flew into the towers in new york city. i remembered that we'd been there a few months before, showing joe garcia around new york for his first time. i thought of all the people on their cell phones, walking between those buildings...and another time when fred, robert and i were blazing and those towers seemed like giant slides into outer space. elia did the best version of this song for my birthday one year and now does it a cappella at the end of her piece, "the fifth commandment," where soldiers talk about being in iraq. dana anderson szarowicz - aka digital d - played the siren sound on an arp odsyssey and elia did the dream vocal.

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what is keeping me awake?
the very one my soul must take
night comes creeping like a woman
by the lake
the one who's weeping over her mistake
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
but it's just a dream
why does one color make you feel better
than any other
and how can it change forever
before our eyes my lover?
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
but it's just a dream
what is keeping me alive
is what must bid you goodbye
whatever happens our love will survive
the knife in the water
and the thorn in your side
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
i dream of sleeping (peacefully)
but it's just a dream

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from dog years, released October 1, 2005

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Teddy Quinn Joshua Tree, California

Ted aka Teddy Quinn, a singer, songwriter, artist, activist, journalist in Joshua Tree, California, helped foster the burgeoning Hi Desert Music community at places like Beatnik Cafe, Joshua Tree Saloon, Pappy & Harriets, Radio Free Joshua Tree & Rancho de la Luna, since the early 90s, helping to define the sound associated with this Bohemian outpost in the Mojave. TBA: An autobiodocart film! ... more

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