Composer Boudleaux Bryant
Lyricist Fred Rose
Year Written ca. 1951
About Sleepless
Both Fred Rose and Boudleaux Bryant worked out of Nashville and are associated with country music. Rose died in 1954, but Boudleaux Bryant and his wife Felice went on to a long songwriting career, branching out to popular music as well as country music. Their most well-known songs include “Bye, Bye Love,” sung by the Everly Brothers, and “Rocky Top.”


I feel a little drowsy, cause I’m sleepless
You want to know the reason why I’m sleepless
It’s cause I’m dreamless over you.

Ever since met you, I’ve been dreamless
You want to know the reason why I’m dreamless
It’s cause I’m sleepless over you.

I used to be able to sleep like a child
Like people in love ought to do
Now I lay and I mumble, I toss and I tumble
Just blinking and thinking of you

I guess I’ll go on being sleepless
I’m even getting used to being dreamless
Because I know you’re sleepless too.

Session / Album Information


“Sleepless” was recorded on October 17, 1951 and released as single that year with “Silly Dreamer.” It was arranged by Percy Faith.


Listen to Sleepless on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1951: Columbia 78: 39695
  • 1951: Columbia 45: 4-39695
  • 2000: Blue Jackel CD: 8427328030137 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits
  • 2001: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 8001 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2004: Sepia Records CD: SEPIA 1028 — The Young Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Solo CD: 1214 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits
  • 2004: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 3013 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  •  2011: Disc #4 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK4) The Columbia Singles, Volume 2

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