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Submitted by Dicky E. of Spotsylvania
By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio

 
Released in 1976 on Browne’s fourth album The Pretender, “Sleep’s
Dark and Silent Gate” is the only song he said directly influenced by his wife’s suicide which occurred during the album’s recording. Deeply sad and moving (especially the line about the kindness in his baby’s eye) you can only image the emotion which inspired the 27 year old singer/songwriter now facing his life alone to raise his small child. Still a heartbreaker to listen to.
 
Don’t know where I’m going
Wishing I could hide
Oh God this is some shape I’m in
When the only thing that makes me cry
Is the kindness in my baby’s eye
 

 

Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate

Written by Jackson Browne
 
Sometimes I lie awake at night and wonder
Where my life will lead me
Waiting to pass under sleep’s dark and silent gate

I found my love too late
Running around day after day
Looking for the time to play
While my old friends slipped away

Never shoulda had to try so hard
To make a love work out, I guess
I don’t know what love has got to do with happiness
But the times when we were happy
Were the times we never tried

(Sitting down by the highway)
Looking down the road
(Waiting for a ride)
I don’t know where I’ve been
(Wishing I could fly away)
Don’t know where I’m going
(Wishing I could hide)
Oh, God, this is some shape I’m in
When the only thing that makes me cry
Is the kindness in my baby’s eyes

Sometimes I lie awake at night and wonder
Where the years have gone
They have all passed under
Sleep’s dark and silent gate