Song of the Day: “I’m So Tired”

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Sometimes, Sundays are best spent sleeping in, lounging around, and dodging all forms of responsibility. I’ve personally spent the day getting a full twelve hours of sleep, reading, and taking a nice afternoon nap. But who wants to do all that without a song or two to play in the background? Luckily, during my lazy day, I found the perfect one.

Obviously, The Beatles have made tons of great songs, and some of you may be tired of hearing about them. But personally, I’ve found myself continuing to return to their music, time and time again. The one I’ve chosen as today’s Song of the Day comes from one of their later works.

I’m So Tired

“I’m So Tired” is a song on the double-sided album “The Beatles”, commonly referred to as the White Album. It was written and sung by John Lennon, but still credited to the Lennon-McCartney team. The song was recorded on October 8, 1968, and released with the album on November 25, 1968. It was the second song Lennon had written about his love of sleep, after the lazily drifting “I’m Only Sleeping” from Revolver in 1966.

Apparently, “I’m So Tired” was written while The Beatles were in India visiting the Maharishi. In this sobering environment, with no alcohol or drugs available, Lennon spent most of his time taking part in Transcendental Meditation. Unfortunately, this didn’t help with the insomnia that hit him during his stay.

“I wrote it in India,” John stated in 1980.  “I couldn’t sleep.  I’d been meditating all day and then I couldn’t sleep at night.  We were not supposed to leave the room because of this thing about staying in one room for five days.  So I was so tired I couldn’t get to sleep. That’s it.”

Although Lennon was in India with his wife, “I’m So Tired” is also an open letter to Yoko Ono, who he obviously had on his mind during the trip.

Lyrics

“I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink / I’m so tired, my mind is on the brink / I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink / No, no, no”.

In the first few lines, Lennon addresses both his current state of mind, and also references the no-drinking rules put in place by the Maharishi. The following lines can be interpreted as Lennon addressing Ono.

“I’m so tired, I don’t know what to do / I’m so tired, my mind is set on you / I wonder should I call you but I know what you would do”.

Other than “I’m so tired”, the most repeated lines in the song are “You know I’d give you everything I’ve got / For a little peace of mind”, which could mean a few things. Either Lennon is referring to sleep as his peace of mind, or Ono.

So stick this song in a sleepy playlist, kick back, and have as relaxing of a time as you can. And while you’re listening, you can always be grateful you’re not suffering from insomnia like Lennon was. And if you are, well, maybe you can take some comfort from solidarity.

 

 

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