“Endless” as an adverb without -ly?

My question concerns the following Siouxsie and the Banshees lyrics:

Come let’s take flight, let’s quit this scene tonight

Whilst they sleep on endless, in their wrecked designs

Sleep on endless in your wrecked designs

Is "endless" an adverb in this case? I suspect that this usage is the same as what’s discussed in this question, but I want to be sure. Another possibility I considered is that it’s an adjective describing the subjects.


Yes, endless can be an adverb, as a good dictionary will tell you. The OED says it merrily serves in either role, adjective and adverb, and cites examples dating back to King Ælfred in 888 ᴀᴅ.

Here, though, is a more recent citation for your regard and appreciation:

Yea, one lies dead for millions dead !
        On red spot in the snow
For one long damning line of red ;
        While exiles endless go  —
The babe at breast, the mother’s head
        Bowed down, and dying so !

By Sophie Perowskaja in The Californian, Volume 4.

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