Sleep Without You

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"Sleep Without You"
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Single by Brett Young
from the album Brett Young (2017)
Released April 11, 2016
Genre Country
Length 3:07
Label Republic Nashville
Songwriter(s)
  • Brett Young
  • Justin Ebach
  • Kelly Archer
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Brett Young singles chronology
"Sleep Without You"
(2016)
"In Case You Didn't Know"
(2017)

"Sleep Without You"
(2016)
"In Case You Didn't Know"
(2017)
Peaked @ #47 on December 10, 2016

Brett Young is a country music singer-songwriter from Orange County, California. This soulful country love song is the lead single from his self-titled debut EP. He penned the tune with Justin Ebach (Craig Morgan's "When I'm Gone") and Kelly Archer (Chris Cagle's "Got My Country On"). Young explained the story behind the song in an interview with The Boot:

"I had been in LA visiting family and friends, listening to pop radio, and I heard all these songs in a row about a dude trying to sleep with a girl. I thought, "There has to be a sweet twist on that subject, somehow." I just started thinking about, my last relationship was six years. We never lived together, but we always did the goodnight phone call or text. When that becomes a habit, you find yourself restless, trying to go to sleep without the goodnight phone call or text.

I thought that was way sweeter than 'let's get busy.' I brought [Ebach and Archer] the idea for 'Sleep Without You,"' and it was a quick write. And, it was my first write with either of them, so that doesn't usually happen; normally there's, like, a feeling-out process with new writers. It just happened really quick and easy.

We left the write, and about two hours later, Justin sent a completely finished demo. We wrote it, he put down the guitar, and I sang it, and I left, so all I knew was the guitar vocal. He sent it pretty close to how it sounded on the radio. Kelly wrote that night, 'I'm not embarrassed to admit that I'm dancing around the kitchen now.'" The music video was filmed in Malibu, California and directed by Shane Drake. It co-stars Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan as Young's love interest.

"What I like about Shane's treatment is that I really wanted the video to follow the story of the song," said Young. "All of the elements were very authentic, and I felt like I could really be myself. It didn't hurt having the sunshine and ocean breeze as a nice reminder of home either." Brett Young got a tattoo as a permanent remembrance of his debut hit single. "The first one is a special one. 'Sleep Without You' was such a special song, because it was the one that I got introduced to the world with, and it did so well," the singer said. "I [got this tattoo] to commemorate the fact of 14 years of really hard work and believing in something can actually work out if you stick with it."

Music video

The music video was directed by Shane Drake and appeared on CMT, GAC, and Vevo. The music video was filmed in Malibu, California, and co-stars Miss USA 2015 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_Jordan [Olivia Jordan].

Lyrics

Oh babe
Never thought I would be like this
Wide awake waitin' on a goodnight kiss
Sippin' ninety proof
Talkin' to the moon

Coutin' down the hours till its two AM
Never thought I would be like this
But as long as the night ends with you in a yellow cab shootin' me a text sayin'
Comin' home soon

As long as I can bet on ya crawlin' into bed after slippin' out ya high heel shoes
I ain't lyin' sayin' havin' a good time
Out with your girls
Girl do what you do
No matter how late
Baby I'll be stayin' up
I can't sleep without you

I'd be tossin' and turnin' all night babe
From the smell of your hair on the pillow case
Even if I tried without you by my side I'd be dreamin with my eyes open
I'd be tossin' and turnin' all night babe
But as long as the night ends with you in a yellow cab shootin' me a text sayin'
Comin' home soon

As long as I can bet on ya crawlin' into bed after slippin' out ya high heel shoes
I ain't lyin sayin havin a good time
Out with your girls, girl do what you do
No matter how late
Baby I'll be stayin' up
I can't sleep without you, no
I can't sleep without you, no, no

I bet that DJ'S playin' your song
And your carryin' on
Baby I love the thought of that long as I know I'm the one you're comin home to
But as long as the night ends with you in a yellow cab shootin' me a text sayin'
Comin' home soon

As long as I can bet on ya crawlin' into bed after slippin' out ya high heel shoes
I ain't lyin sayin havin a good time
Out with your girls, girl do what you do
No matter how late
Baby I'll be stayin' up
I can't sleep without you

Ya no matter how late I'll be stayin up I can't sleep without you no
Can't sleep without you
I can't sleep without you
Never thought I would be like this
Just wide awake waitin' on a goodnight kiss


Weekly charts

Chart (2016-17) Peak
position
October 1, 2016 89
October 8, 2016 81
October 15, 2016 76
October 22, 2016 70
October 29, 2016 68
November 5, 2016 61
November 12, 2016 62
November 19, 2016 56
November 26, 2016 51
December 3, 2016 51
December 10, 2016 47
December 17, 2016 63
December 24, 2016 71
December 31, 2016 86
January 7, 2017 88
January 14, 2017 62
January 21, 2017 67
January 28, 2017 78

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