Sleep (Finger’s Lullaby) Lyrics - The Boomtown Rats

The Boomtown Rats The Fine Art of Surfacing cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1979-10-24
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: New Wave/Pop Rock/Ballad
length: 5:05
producer: Robert John “Mutt” Lange
composer: Johnnie Fingers
lyricist: Johnnie Fingers
I'm so wired,
Very tired,
Why can't I
Close my eyes.
Times speeding
It's day, it's night, it's night, it's day
And it's time
I went to sleep.
Tired and sick, I'm sick and tired,
I'm falling on my feet
Tired and sick, I'm sick and tired,
Why can't I close my eyes and go to sleep?
It's not as easy as it seems.

Draw the blinds
Kill that light,
Put down that book,
The phone rings
I'm not here
I'm off the hook
(I'm so wired)
Close your eyes,
(Very tired)
Put down your head,
(Why can't I)
Go to sleep
Close my eyes.

If I took enough of these red things,
Get some permanent sleep, blue things,
What lullabys would you sing, white things
I wanna go
It's a long drive home
Don't wanna stay,
One more minute

Close my eyes and go to sleep
It's not as easy as it seems,
Close my eyes and go to sleep
I'm jumping fences, counting sheep
I'm counting fences, jumping sheep
I'm fencing jumpsuits in my sleep
I'm counting fencing, I can't think

*written by Johnny Fingers
*from the album "The Fine Art Of Surfacing"

Lyrics licensed by
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Someone’s Looking at You
  • 2 Diamond Smiles
  • 3 Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)
  • 4 Having My Picture Taken
  • 5 Sleep (Finger’s Lullaby)
  • 6 I Don’t Like Mondays
  • 7 Nothing Happened Today
  • 8 Keep It Up
  • 9 Nice ’n’ Neat
  • 10 When the Night Comes