Jess Scherer - Taken

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I have had night terrors in the past, but had not had one in over year, until I started working on this song. I had a night terror the night I wrote the first verse and chorus.

In this song, I tried to capture the blurring of dream and reality that occurs in these extreme night mares. In my terror, there was an intruder in my apartment which looked exactly as it does in real life. I tried to get up or yell, but I was experiencing sleep paralysis. Once the intruder was kneeling over me in my bed, I was finally able to move. I woke sitting up in bed, screaming with my heart pounding and my hand going through the air, as his face dissolved into my ceiling fan.

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Just say goodnight and close your eyes.
The dark's already closing in,
The cold of fear
Pushing prickles out your skin.

Big brother told you stories,
Mother said they never could be true
Deep down you know
Tonight they come for you.

If you should die before you wake
The terror spinning round you like a wheel.
You can try and tell yourself that you believe it's fake
When you know the screams are real,
Just pray the Lord your soul to take.

You put the wall up around your mind
To no avail for they still come
They're ghostly images
That make your limbs go numb

Your heart is pounding
As the specter crowd surrounds your little bed
You try to run away
But your arms and legs are lead.

If you should die before you wake
The terror spinning round you like a wheel.
You can try and tell yourself that you believe it's fake
When you know the screams are real,
Just pray the Lord your soul to take.

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from SpinTunes #4: Round 1, released January 31, 2012

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