The Elusiveness of Sleep

by John Lewis Smith

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This is a fantasy song about insomnia, moving in and out of consciousness, and the dream world


I’m tucked in bed, my head is on the pillow
Wrapped in blankets, P.J.s keep me warm
Up-on my lips the fading taste of cocoa
I’m tired and have no need for chloroform
I’m spinning closer to the point of sleep
My mind is drifting out of my control
Abandoning all hope of counting sheep
My thoughts become a fragrant casserole
But each time I get close to the finishing tape
I get waved on, to do another lap
An endless repetition, no escape
Insomnia is a journey with no map.

Some hazy thoughts about the next few days
But then I trip and fall into a ditch
In rubber suit I snorkel through a maze
Chased by a knight on horseback and a witch
Amazingly I manage to escape
But then I realise I’m still alert
While waiting for the start of the next jape
I rearrange and straighten my night shirt
The rules for losing consciousness are few
To try to think of nothing can be good
A nightcap with a dram or maybe two
Some recommend a mattress made of wood

Hard-hatted giants, climbing up Big Ben
The pitch is queered, the sounding bell is cracked
Is parliament controlled by bogey men?
The stamp of running feet suggest attack
Nelson’s column morphs into a bass
A chicken plucks its strings and lays an egg
A trio of giant ants are playing brass
The trumpet jumps and lands inside my head
I could be dreaming that I’m still awake
A dreamless sleep will never let me know
My non-existence is a piece of cake
My life a scream, belongs to art nouveau.

Good night, sleep tight!


released September 13, 2019
Composed, performed, and digitally arranged by John Lewis Smith
Copyright by Lewis Music GBGHU1900002


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