Please don’t spoil my day, I’m miles away, and after all I’m only sleeping.
Their first attempt at recording the song, this version of I’m Only Sleeping is stripped down and simple compared to the version that would eventually appear on Revolver - featuring only an acoustic guitar + John and Paul’s harmonies, with none of the psychedelic backwards guitar soloing that made the album version groundbreaking.
"This song's about everything getting on top of you" - Tom - Birmingham gig - 3rd March 2004
"It's just a nice way of summing up what you think about in your life. Eventually everything you do is made up of hopes and fears. And that balance between hopes and fears and the fusion between the two we really liked." - Tim - Billboard.com [x]
The line "Well now that's done: and I'm glad it's over" (line 252) from T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland" helped to inspire "But the time has come and I'm glad it's over" Tim said: "[...] for some reason that line always stuck in my head and I was glad to be able to use it in snowed under. Although I suppose that's kind of plagiarism." - [x]