Monday, 15 December 2014


‘Sleep For England’ is the third release from the critically admired, ‘International Blue’ album. A re-work by Julian Lennon of Stephen Emmer and Neil Crossley’s original recording, which featured on the digital release of the album earlier this year. Produced by Tony Visconti, the single has been given all the Xmas trimmings, sleigh bells and a boys-choir against an atmospheric background with a rich, definitive vocal from Julian.

Fitting the British pop music tradition of Xmas songs with a social commentary, ‘Sleep For England’ presents a narrative that transcends age, race and class, inspired by the classic alternative Xmas songs such as; Jona Lewi’s ’Stop the Cavalry’, ‘2000 Miles’ by the Pretenders, Father Christmas by the Kinks and Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon, to name but a few.


She pulls herself out from the bedclothes and she opens the curtains wide
Stares down to the valley where the healthy and the happy float by

She says “I could sleep for England”

Driving on a wet night, kiss under a striplight – the same old craving
Slammed doors, feel shaken, all the useless medication you’ve tried

Sleep for England

Chancers and schemers, righteous believers
Life’s little dreamers all gathered here in one place

Sleep for England (3x)
Drive home on a wet night, kiss under a striplight again


Music composed and arranged by Stephen Emmer

Vocals by Julian Lennon

Lyrics written by Neil Crossley

Produced by Tony Visconti

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