I'M NOT SLEEPING

Original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version


I never go out, I just stay at home
Change my address and disconnect the phone
Turn off the TV because it bothers me
I've seen all, seen all I want to see
And if my friends ask where I've been
Just say I don't know what's become of him

Well I'm not sleeping
I'm only resting my eyes
Well I'm not sleeping
I'm only taking my time

Well it's so hard, so hard to be responsible
Knowing everything, everything that's possible
When the bad wind, when it comes blowing in
I'll pack my things and I'll move on again
I feed the rich and fool the poor
Stack the bodies outside my door

Well I'm not sleeping (I'm not sleeping)
I'm only resting my eyes
Well I'm not sleeping (I'm not sleeping)
I'm only taking my time

The world outside is such a dangerous place
That I don't dare, I don't dare show my face
They got my number, they know where I live
Well I've got no more to say, I've got no more to give

But I'm not sleeping
Hmm hmm
Yeah I'm not sleeping

Another night comes drawing near
I shut my doors and then I disappear

But I'm not sleeping (I'm not sleeping)
I'm only resting my eyes
Well I'm not sleeping
Oh I'm only taking my time
Well I'm not sleeping (I'm not sleeping)
Well I'm not sleeping (I'm not sleeping)
Well I'm not sleeping (I'm not sleeping)
I'm not sleeping (I'm not sleeping)
I'm not, whoa!
Well I'm not sleeping
Whoaaa! Hhoaaa!
Hey-hey!
I'm not sleeping
Yeah I'm not sleeping
Yeah I'm not sleeping
Hey-hey! Hey-hey! Hey-hey!
(I'm not sleeping)


Info

I'M NOT SLEEPING is a song written by Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen in July 1995, with Springsteen providing most of the music and Grushecky most of the lyrics. The song was released on Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers' 1997 album Coming Home. The album also includes three other songs that Grushecky co-wrote with Springsteen: 1945, CHEAP MOTEL, and IDIOT'S DELIGHT.

Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Coming Home (album cover art)
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Coming Home (album cover art)

The above lyrics are for the original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version of I'M NOT SLEEPING as released in 1997.

Live History

I'M NOT SLEEPING was sound-checked prior to the 17 Jun 2000 show in New York City, NY, (as far as it's known) but it was not performed on any of The Reunion Tour's regular shows.

I'M NOT SLEEPING was performed during the eleventh (2011), twelfth (2012), and fourteenth (2014) annual Light Of Day benefits. The song was played with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.

  1. 15 Jan 2011 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the eleventh annual Light Of Day benefit)
  2. 14 Jan 2012 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the twelfth annual Light Of Day benefit)
  3. 18 Jan 2014 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the fourteenth annual Light Of Day benefit)

Bruce Springsteen appeared at a total of six Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers concerts at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2010, 2011, and 2014. I'M NOT SLEEPING was performed on 04 Nov 2010, 05 Nov 2010, 03 Nov 2011, 04 Nov 2011, and 23 May 2014.

  1. 04 Nov 2010 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  2. 05 Nov 2010 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  3. 03 Nov 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  4. 04 Nov 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. 23 May 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Credits

Thanks Steen Andersson (rosalita101 at Greasy Lake) for the Coming Home album scan. Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics corrections.

Available Versions

List of available versions of I'M NOT SLEEPING on this website:

I'M NOT SLEEPING [Original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version]

Page last updated: 22 Aug 2015