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#SLS — I Go To Sleep by The Pretenders

Jim Adams is the ever-gracious and reliable host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
find a song that fits the prompt Dream/Lullaby/Sleep.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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L>R: James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon, Chrissie Hynde & Martin Chambers.

“I Go To Sleep” is in my Top 10 of favorite Pretenders songs.  The reality that it was written by Ray Davies and he and Chrissie were romantically involved makes it that much more potent.  I’ve cried listening to this song more times than I can count.

Pretenders II is the second studio album by British rock band the Pretenders, released August 15, 1981. The album is notable for the inclusion of a cover of The Kinks’ “I Go to Sleep” (they had covered that band’s “Stop Your Sobbing” on their debut album, and band leader Chrissie Hynde would have a personal relationship with Kinks’ frontman Ray Davies), as well as the sexually-forward tunes “Bad Boys Get Spanked” and “The Adultress”. The album would be the final release from the original line-up of the band, as shortly afterwards the band would be fractured by the drug abuse that would take the lives of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon, leading to a long recording hiatus.

Twenty years after its release, it was certified gold (500,000 sold) in 2001. “I Go to Sleep” is a song written by Ray Davies and first released by The Applejacks. It was never recorded by The Kinks, but Ray Davies’s demo can be found in reissue bonus tracks of their second studio album Kinda Kinks. “I Go to Sleep” had been rumored to have been one of the first songs that Chrissie Hynde ever learned. At the time of the song’s recording, Hynde had been dating Ray Davies, whom she had met after covering the Kinks track “Stop Your Sobbing.” The song features “a very strong late-’50s pop feel and flavor” according to Allmusic’s Matthew Greenwald. The song also includes a french horn part; “The French horn in ‘I Go to Sleep’…” Hynde recalled, “It’s those little embellishments that capture my attention.

When I look up from my pillow
I dream you are there with me
Though you are far away
I know you’ll always be near to me

I go to sleep, sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me
I go to sleep, sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me

I look around me
And feel you are ever so close to me
Each tear that flows from my eye
Brings back memories of you to me

I go to sleep, sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me
I go to sleep, sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me

I was wrong, I will cry
I will love you till the day I die
You were all, you alone and no one else
You were meant for me

When morning comes again
I have the loneliness you left me
Each day drags by
Until finally my time descends on me

I go to sleep, sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me
I go to sleep, sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me

Songwriters: Ray Davies

40 thoughts on “#SLS — I Go To Sleep by The Pretenders

  1. Even at the time it was going on I just couldn’t see that Davies/ Chrissy thing making it. She should do an album of Kinks- Ray songs. If you are reading this Chrissy…..just remember to give ol’ Hans credit in the album notes.

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  2. This is new for me, I’m ashamed to admit. Thank you for sharing, and for giving the background on the music and band. The fact that she’s singing a song her lover wrote really does take it to an even deeper level as a listener.

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      1. That sounds great… I love all animal rescues.
        Yes I did…getting Bailey ready for College tomorrow. He is commuting from home because it’s close…Austin Peay is only 30 minutes from us…but we ate out and had some fun,.

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        1. Oh my gosh, that’s right, Bailey is starting college. Wow how time flies, seems he just had his graduation party! Sounds like he is well-prepared for college. What a fun day. Did you tour the campus?

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            1. The first day is ALWAYS the worst as far as navigating around and finding classrooms, etc. But actually the first day is the best because they usually let you out early for every class on the first day. No no thanks on more classes. I had my fill with the last degree.

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        2. At the rescue people just dump their animals outside and it breaks my heart. Someone dropped one off today in a cage and the poor thing is running a temp of 105. My heart just about broke. She was the first one I saw when I walked in. They have her separated until she gets to the vet in the morning. I wish there was something to give her to lower her temperature 😦

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          1. It is so sad…I’ve said this before and some people get pissed at me…but I think more of animals than I do of most people. I just don’t get how people don’t care…and I’ve met plenty who don’t…
            I hope she will be ok.

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            1. I think I told you about the incident this winter where someone literally did not stop but rolled through behind the building and dropped 2 cat carriers crammed with 10 cats? Those poor things are still scared to death. I hear you about people vs. animals. I hope she will also, my heart is breaking.

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                1. I don’t know how puppy mills can be legal. Any jurisdiction can choose to outlaw them just like they can outlaw just about anything. They choose not to. Our cat rescue is always at capacity, and many cats get adopted by the volunteers. It’s not a solution, but it makes room for more street cats off the streets.

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                  1. In Tennessee I’ve seen them raided…I think they are starting to crack down because of cruelty and selling breeds that are not healthy. It should be illegal.
                    I’m glad you all are giving them homes…no it’s not a final solution…but it helps.

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