Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Composer Cy Coleman
Lyricist Carolyn Leigh
Year Written 1958
About Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Tony Bennett’s was the first recording of this song and it was well-recieved. Billboard reviewed the song in the April 28, 1958 edition: “Top side is a lovely new Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh ballad that is given a beautiful rendition by the artist. … Very spinable wax.”


Now I lay me down to sleep
The words I used to say
But instead I counted sheep
Until the break of day

Counted sheep and weary-eyed
Counted all the dreams denied
Oh the countless times I cried
I’m lonesome

Now I lay my dream away
For I need dream no more
Here you are, and here to stay
Is all I hungered for

Once I tossed the whole night through
But, my darling, thanks to you
Now I lay me down to sleep
And do.

Session / Album Information


“Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” was recorded on April 8, 1958 and released as a single just a few weeks later. It was arranged by Frank DeVol.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Listen to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1958: Columbia 45: 4-41172
  • 2011: Disc #7 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK7) The Columbia Singles, Vol. 5

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