Friday, January 16, 2009

"Who needs sleep?"

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 sheet 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.
--
My hands are locked up tight in fists.
My mind is racing, filled with lists
of things to do and thing's 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.
--repeat--
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.
--chorus repeat--


These are they lyrics to one of the best songs ever written, Barenaked Ladies "Who needs sleep?" The first part totally fits the way my husband works. He gets hot, says I radiate heat like a furnace, he throws sheets off, then gets cold. The rest is both him and me and probably fit the majority of the population. And right now, it fits my kids as well. With J being out of town, it's been exhausting. I don't know how some wives do it when their husbands are gone for lengthy amounts of time. I would definitely go completely insane.

2 comments:

J.E.M. said...

That is one of my favorite songs. It's on my ipod and has been forever. It sends such a message...

Emily said...

I understand! Noah didn't go to sleep until 11PM last night, and not because I didn't try to make him either! I totally could have gone to sleep at 9 when I put them down...