WhateverHelpsYouSleep
Bones Lyrics


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If I forgot what I knew, then I would be just like you
To live in such ignorance must be a
Blessing, if I were you, fuck, I'd be over the moon
If I forgot what I do, then I would still look for the truth
Whether it's painting or gardening,
I would find happiness within any route
I hope you get money to spend and think that it's good 'til the end
Then realizations,
They knock at your door when you
Don't got no choice but to go let 'em in





Like a bad dream
Like a bad dream

Overall Meaning

In the song "WhateverHelpsYouSleep," Bones contemplates whether a life of blissful ignorance would be better than constantly seeking the truth. He imagines that if he had forgotten all he had previously known, he would be just like those who actively choose to stay in the dark about certain things. Despite this, he identifies that his curiosity and inquisitive nature would still lead him to search for answers, no matter the path he takes, whether it is through painting or gardening. In contrast, he suggests that those who remain ignorant might feel blissful or content until reality eventually catches up with them, forcing them to confront the truths they have been avoiding.


The chorus of the song, "Like a bad dream," echoes the themes of the song. It suggests that awakening from a dream, even a bad one, is better than constantly existing in a state of ignorance or avoidance. The song may be seen as a meditation on the tradeoffs between blissful ignorance and the pursuit of knowledge, and the inevitability of reconciling with reality.


Line by Line Meaning

If I forgot what I knew, then I would be just like you
Living in ignorance might seem easier, but it's not worth sacrificing what you already know for it.


To live in such ignorance must be a
Being ignorant might seem like a blessing at first, but ultimately it's limiting.


Blessing, if I were you, fuck, I'd be over the moon
If ignorance is truly bliss, then not knowing anything would make me extremely happy.


If I forgot what I do, then I would still look for the truth
Even if I lost my job or my sense of purpose, I would still seek knowledge and understanding.


Whether it's painting or gardening,
No matter what I do, I can find joy and fulfillment in life.


I would find happiness within any route
I'm not dependent on any particular activity or circumstance to be happy – I can find it within myself.


I hope you get money to spend and think that it's good 'til the end
I wish you material wealth, but I know that it won't necessarily bring you lasting happiness or fulfillment.


Then realizations,
Eventually you'll come to understand that money and possessions aren't everything.


They knock at your door when you
This realization will come to you when you least expect it.


Don't got no choice but to go let 'em in
Once you recognize the truth, you have to accept it and adjust your ways of thinking and living accordingly.


Like a bad dream
This realization might be uncomfortable or unpleasant at first, like a bad dream.


Like a bad dream
This realization might be uncomfortable or unpleasant at first, like a bad dream.




Writer(s): Dp, Elmo O'connor, Elmo O Connor

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