Endless Sleep

Jody Reynolds (1958)

words and music by Jody Reynolds and Dolores Nance

 

The night was black, rain fallin’ down

Looked for my baby, she’s nowhere around

Traced her footsteps down to the shore

‘fraid she’s gone forever more

I looked at the sea and it seemed to say

“I took your baby from you away.”

I heard a voice cryin’ in the deep

“Come join me, baby, in my endless sleep.”

 

Why did we quarrel, why did we fight?

Why did I leave her alone tonight?

That’s why her footsteps ran into the sea

That’s why my baby has gone from me.

I looked at the sea and it seemed to say

“I took your baby from you away.”

I heard a voice cryin’ in the deep

“Come join me, baby, in my endless sleep.”

 

Ran in the water, heart full of fear

There in the breakers I saw her near

Reached for my darlin’, held her to me

Stole her away from the angry sea

I looked at the sea and it seemed to say

“You took your baby from me away.”

My heart cried out “she’s mine to keep”

I saved my baby from an endless sleep.

 

(Fade) endless sleep, endless sleep

Like "Patches" and "The Pickup," "Endless Sleep" is a boy's lament about the suicide of his girlfriend after a fight. This again shows the melodramatic importance placed on teen romance in the songs of the early rock 'n' roll era. Unlike the other two songs, this one ends on a happy note as the boy is able to save her from the "angry sea."

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