Sleepy Time Gal

SleepyTimeGal

PROFILE
Composers Richard Whiting, Ange Lorenzo
Lyricists Joseph R. Alden, Raymond Egan
Year Written 1925
About A Sleepy Time Gal
This song from 1925 is a husband singing to his wife, who likes to stay up all night and dance, therefore “turning night into day,” to please come home and go to bed. The original treatment was an up tempo comic song, but is sometimes treated more as a lament, at a slower tempo. It was widely recorded in the late 1920s. Harry James recorded it in 1944 and revived interest in the song. Other good recordings include those by The Mills Brothers and Josephine Baker.

Lyrics

Sleepy time gal you’re turning night into day
Sleepy time gal you’ve danced the evening away
Before each silvery star fades out of sight
Please give me one little kiss then let us whisper goodnight
It’s getting late and dear your pillow’s waitin’

Sleepy time gal when all your dancing is through
Sleepy time gal I’ll find a cottage for you
You’ll learn to cook and sew
What’s more you’ll love it I know
When you’re a stay at home, play at home 8 o’clock sleepy time gal

It’s getting late and dear your pillow’s waiting
Sleepy time gal when all your dancing is through
Sleepy time gal I’ll find a cottage for you
You’ll learn to cook and to sew
What’s more you’ll love it I know
When you’re a stay at home, play at home 8 o’clock sleepy time gal

Session / Album Information

1965

“Sleepy Time Gal” was recorded in Fall, 1965 and released that year on the album A Time For Love. The song was arranged by Johnny Keating and features Bobby Hackett on cornet.

This recording released on:

  • 1965: CBS 45: 202021
  • 1966: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62800 — A Time For Love [UK]
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2560 — A Time For Love
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9360 — A Time For Love
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5243 — A Time For Love [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #33 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK32) A Time For Love

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