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Sleeping Awake

"Sleeping Awake" (often mistitled as "Sleeping Away") is the lead single by P.O.D. from The Matrix Reloaded: The Album. The film soundtrack was released on May 6, 2003 by Warner Bros. Records/Maverick Records with the single itself available May 26. The US edition only includes the title track while the UK/Australia edition, released June 3, includes the video and two more songs.

"Sleeping Awake" was later released as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of P.O.D.'s studio album, Payable on Death. This version was released on December 1 that same year.

The song's video and lyrics are directly inspired by The Matrix Reloaded. The chorus features the line "dreaming of Zion," which refers to the last human city of planet Earth as depicted in the film.


The "Sleeping Awake" radio single, which began playing April 5, and Marc Webb-directed music video garnered significant airplay upon release. The video has the band performing while dressed entirely in black with sunglasses, similar to characters in the Matrix films. Vocalist Sonny Sandoval is shown demonstrating psychokinesis to levitate alphabet nursery blocks and form the word "ONE" from the word "NEO."

"Sleeping Awake" marked the P.O.D. video debut of guitarist Jason Truby. During shooting of the video, Sandoval confessed that while the band had seriously considering breaking up after the departure of Marcos Curiel, "[Jason] did us a favor by helping us out with this song, and then once it was all said and done it kind of confirmed that maybe we should keep doing what we loved--and that's making music. . . So now he's helping us do that.

Track listing

US edition

  1. Sleeping Awake

UK/Australia edition

  1. "Sleeping Awake" by P.O.D.
  2. "Bruises" (Album version) by Unloco
  3. "The Passportal" (Album version) by Team Sleep

* "Sleeping Awake" (Video)


Chart Peak
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 20
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 14
UK Singles Chart 42


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