Sing, Sang, Sung – “Who Needs Sleep?” By Barenaked Ladies

Man. I am burning all three ends of my candle. I had to create a third end just to burn it. But, hopefully, this week will be my last week of extreme wall-to-wall activity for a while. Because this week is the week The Rude Mechanicals perform their second summer play, William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” One of the three Facebook events can be found here. We will be performing at the Park at Manderson Landing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with pre-show music starting at 7 and the show starting at 7:30. As always, the show is free, but donations are nice. On Thursday, the show will be at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Northport/Tuscaloosa. It will have a $15 cash pay-at-the-door with proceeds going to the West Alabama Aids Outreach program. Inside, there will be a free buffet and a cash bar. That one is RSVP, however, and may have been filled… if it’s not, though, I’ll let you know as soon as I know!

Anyway, that’ll be fun. And I’m actually in the show after three stage managing gigs. Have lines and appear in two scenes and everything. Yay.

…Sorry, excitement is more exhausting that I can really muster fully right now. Starting July 1, I’ll finally be done with theatre for the first time since… March 25. Three full months of non-stop theatre. Two of which were stage managing, not the easiest job in the world. Of course, then I’m turning around on July 7 to audition for “The Voice” in Memphis, Tenn. I doubt I’ll get anywhere with that, but there’s not much to lose by trying.

Point is, I’m exhausted and need sleep. But I’m never going to get it.

Which is where this song comes in!

From my favorite Barenaked Ladies album, “Stunt,” “Who Needs Sleep?” is this strangely upbeat ditty about insomnia and coming to terms with it. Or, rather, hating it profusely. Which I do. But it’s something I can’t ever seem to avoid. So, with a bonus acoustic solo in-the-bathroom version, here’s the song. I’m off to do laundry instead of that sleeping thing, because sometimes insomnia is required by the things we do during the day.

“Who Needs Sleep?” – Barenaked Ladies

Now I lay me down not to sleep
I just get tangled in the sheets
I swim in sweat three inches deep
I just lay back and claim defeat

Chapter read and lesson learned
I turned the lights off while she burned
So while she’s three hundred degrees
I throw the sheets off and I freeze

Lids down, I count sheep
I count heartbeats
The only thing that counts is
That I won’t sleep
I countdown, I look around

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

My hands are locked up tight in fists
My mind is racing, filled with lists
Of things to do and things I’ve done
Another sleepless night’s begun

Lids down, I count sheep
I count heartbeats
The only thing that counts is
That I won’t sleep
I countdown, I look around

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

There’s so much joy in life,
So many pleasures all around
But the pleasure of insomnia
Is one I’ve never found
With all life has to offer,
There’s so much to be enjoyed
But the pleasures of insomnia
Are ones I can’t avoid

Lids down, I count sheep
I count heartbeats
The only thing that counts is
That I won’t sleep
I countdown, I look around

Hollah hollah hollah

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

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