Song of the Day, September 29: Tired of Sleeping by Suzanne Vega

VegaTiredToday’s song is the opening track from Suzanne Vega’s third album, Days of Open Hand. After the unexpected success of Solitude Standing and its Top 10 single Luka, the singer took her time crafting the follow up. A glorious cycle of songs about personal realities and perceptions, it remains a highlight of her catalog.

Tired of Sleeping is a perfect starting point. Vega narrates a series of dream images, interspersing them with the obervation that “there’s so much to do and I’m tired of sleeping.” The effect is both jarring and welcoming, a perfect setup to the album, set on a driving folk soundtrack.

Enjoy this lovely song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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