Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Originally published at http://www.prex.com/blog/im-only-sleeping-and-eating-and-im-
I’m Only Sleeping. And Eating. And I’m So Tired.
By Lydia Pudzianowski in Editorials, Opinion Posts, Song Reviews
In this busy time of year, I thought it fitting to open up a discussion about
something we’re all probably lacking: sleep. The context here is the Beatles.
Like many of us, they were my first favorite band, and continue to be. There’s a
question I like to pose to groups of my friends often, or strangers at bars, or anyone,
really: “I’m So Tired” or “I’m Only Sleeping”? Both were written by John Lennon, but
the former debuted on “The White Album” in 1968, and the latter was on 1966′s
Recently, I used the modern-day anthropologist’s fieldwork site, Facebook, to ask
a larger audience. The first response I got was from my friend Savannah– “How many
times are we going to have this conversation?” Elizabeth had this to say: “‘I’m So Tired’
is my fave, but only because it’s on ‘The White Album’ and it’s all ‘John Does the Blues’
and ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ is pretty perky.” Valid.
Next up: Two of my former bandmates, Rob and Tex. I was waiting for these
gents to weigh in, and each supplied simply the song name. Tex chose “I’m So Tired,”
and Rob went with “I’m Only Sleeping.” Tex returned to defend his position, making
sure to say that it wasn’t that he didn’t like the other choice: “Just saying ‘I’m So Tired’
is one of my favorite Beatles numbers.” He then added an unrelated anecdote, having to
do with the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “What a Day for a Daydream” inspiring both “Sleeping”
and “Good Day Sunshine.”"I’m pretty sure I read that in an actual book, not just the
Finally, one of my professors showed up to set us all straight. Dr. Weintraub
taught a fantastic class I took during my last undergrad semester called “The Music of the
Beatles,” the required text for which was Bob Spitz’s mondo-bio The Beatles. Weintraub
gave some context: “Tough to say because they’re separated by more than two years,
which, as Lydia P. knows, is a lot in Beatletime. But, I might vote for ‘I’m Only
Sleeping’ just because of the yawn in it.” He, of course, also knew to what Tex was
referring, and cleared that up as well with evidence from a Paul McCartney biography by
Barry Miles. “It was really very much a nod to The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘ Daydream’, the
same traditional, almost trad-jazz feel. That was our favourite record of theirs. ‘Good Day
Sunshine’ was me trying to write something similar to ‘Daydream’.”
Between guys from my old band, friends, and my Beatles professor, I’d say I had
a damn good turnout.
So there you have it. Final score: “I’m Only Sleeping” gets two Facebook votes,
and “I’m So Tired” ends up with two as well, but wins due to my tie-breaking vote.
Share your thoughts before this Thursday’s tryptophan takes its toll.