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    I am listening to music on my computer through headphones tonight. I know it's philistinish, but I recently discovered that sometimes when I'm deep into listening but also on the internet--generally a, um, certain state of mind is involved--I can pause a song in the middle, listen to something else, and then restart the song, and the effect is startlingly refreshing.

    Anyway, I love the newest LP--in fact I think it's close to a masterpiece-- but I never got into "Sleep-Walking." It just seemed a little blah to me. Tonight I paused it right after the singing ended and listened to a song by some band I saw mentioned on the internet, which didn't wind up amounting to much. Then I put on "Outside the Dream Syndicate" (Tony Conrad/Faust) for a minute before I remembered I was listening to the new Wire album and switched back. And the end of "Sleep-Walking" was immense, and in fact reminiscent in a way of OTDS (put them on back to back and you'll see what I mean). So I am now sold on "Sleep-Walking," which really puts the new album over the top for me...
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    On a different note, when I first heard 'Sleep-Walking' my initial reaction was that it was an expression of concern about Britain leaving the EU, it just felt very plainly so. I don't often get such a strong feeling about a Wire lyric, as they are usually nicely cryptic and tend to hint at subject matter rather than state things outright.

    I may be completely wrong but the line, 'The narrowest vision sometimes has the widest appeal', kind of nails it for me. Any one else have any thoughts?
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    I can't find the damn article but I'm sure I read somewhere that Colin wrote the lyrics to "Sleepwalking" during the run-up to the referendum on Scottish devolution from the rest of the UK - I believe he was on the side of those who wanted things to remain as they were (and indeed, still are). I hope someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Ah, yes, that makes perfect sense. It didn't occur to me that Colin was referring to the Scottish independence referendum as the song is concerned with a possible future event rather than something that's already occurred.

    I'd be interested to know if you're right about that, Lee.
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    It was kind of about both.... I am deeply saddened by it's continuing relevance.

    best

    c.
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    And I'm growing increasingly fearful that we truly are sleep-walking to separation...