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Wait for Sleep
Images and Words
Length 2:31
Working title
Release date July 7, 1992
Lyrics Kevin Moore
Music Kevin Moore
First live performance The Limelight, New York, NY, USA, on Sept. 27, 1992
Total live plays 357
Recorded October-December 1991
Other appearances Live at Luna Park
Previous song Under a Glass Moon
Next song Learning to Live

Wait for Sleep is a song by Dream Theater. It is the seventh song off their second album, Images and Words. The song is notable for being one of only two songs penned completely by Kevin Moore, the other being Space-Dye Vest.



Standing by the window
Eyes upon the moon
Hoping that the memory
will leave her spirit soon

She shuts the doors and lights
And lays her body on the bed
Where images and words are running deep
She has too much pride to pull
the sheets above her head
So quietly she lays and waits for sleep

She stares at the ceiling
And tries not to think
And pictures the chains
She's been trying to link again
But the feeling is gone

And water can't cover her memory
And ashes can't answer her pain
God give me the power to take breath from a breeze
And call life from a cold metal frame

In with the ashes
Or up with the smoke from the fire
With wings up in heaven
Or here, lying in bed
Palm of her hand to my head
Now and forever curled
In my heart and the heart of the world


The song is said to be about a friend of Moore's who he claimed had "a spiritual void" who struggled with her beliefs regarding the death of a friend.


Wait for Sleep is a ballad, containing only piano and vocals. The song is very short and many see it as an introduction to Learning to Live which reprises the piano theme on other instruments. The song's quiet somber sound is unusual for Dream Theater, though not unheard of.


Along with Space-Dye Vest, Wait for Sleep is one of only two songs penned completely by Kevin Moore. The song features no drums, guitar or bass, though live performances occasionally use a full-band arrangement.

The song, much like Only a Matter of Time before it, lent a lyric to the title, the line "Where images and words are running deep" is the source of the album's title.

Live Performances[]

Performances of Wait for Sleep are somewhat rare, especially since Moore's departure from Dream Theater. The band rarely plays the song as it is on the album, usually instead opting for a full band arrangement that fans usually refer to as the acoustic version, due to Petrucci's use of acoustic guitar. Some versions, particularly early ones have been known to have been extended in length, usually due to an elaborate intro from Moore.