I found this week’s SLS theme of ‘Sleep’ to be much easier than last week’s theme of ‘Glass’ , so thank you Helen! One of my first thoughts was to choose R.E.M.’s song The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite but I picked one of theirs a few weeks ago so decided against it.

So, this week’s song is by the very excellent Australian musician Courtney Barnett entitled An Illustration Of Loneliness (Sleepless In New York) from her 2015 album Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit. This song is about being unable to sleep whilst overseas, in New York I’m assuming, and missing someone back home.

If you’re not familiar with this song, please have a listen! Barnett has a very distinctive style and is wonderful to see live; I’ve been lucky enough to see her a few times!

Lyrics
I lay awake at four, staring at the wall
Counting all the cracks backwards in my best French
Reminds me of a book I skim-read in a surgery
All about palmistry, I wonder what’s in store for me
I pretend the plaster is the skin on my palms
And the cracks are representative of what is going on
I lose a breath, my love-line seems intertwined with death
I’m thinking of you too
I lay awake at three, staring at the ceiling
It’s a kind of off-white, maybe it’s a cream
There’s oily residue zipping from the kitchen
It’s art-deco necromantic chic, all the dinner plates are kitsch with
Irish Wolf Hounds, French baguettes wrapped loose around their necks
I think I’m hungry, I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
Wondering what you’re doing, what you’re listening to
Which quarter of the moon you’re viewing from your bedroom
Watching all the movies, drinking all the smoothies
Swimming at the pool, I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you too
I’m thinking of you
Songwriters: Courtney Barnett
An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York) lyrics © O/B/O Apra Amcos

Thanks for reading! 

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