Don't Sleep in the Subway

"Don't Sleep in the Subway"
Single by Petula Clark
from the album These Are My Songs
B-side "Here Comes the Morning"
Released April 1967
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1967
Genre Pop, Vocal
Length 2:57
Label Pye 7N 17325 (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Vogue STU 42285 (DEN)
Writer(s) Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent
Producer Tony Hatch
Petula Clark singles chronology
"This Is My Song"
"Don't Sleep in the Subway"
"The Cat in the Window (The Bird in the Sky)"

"Don't Sleep in the Subway" is a song written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent and recorded by Petula Clark. Released in April 1967, it peaked at #5 on the US charts that June. It was Clark's final US top-ten single and the second of two #1 hits on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, following "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love". The song reached #3 in Rhodesia, #5 in Canada, #7 in New Zealand, #10 in South Africa and #16 in Germany. In Australia, it was at #1 on the charts dated 16 and 23 September 1967, marking Clark's final appearance at #1 on an official national chart.[1]

The song was constructed from three different sections of music previously composed by Hatch and changes in musical style from pop to symphonic and then to a Beach Boys-like melody for the chorus. It uses a chord progression most familiar from the baroque piece Pachelbel's Canon.

In the lyrics the narrator advises her sweetheart against storming out after an argument due to his "foolish pride". If he does, he will "sleep in the subway" or "stand in the pouring rain" merely to prove his point. Although in the UK the term "subway" refers to a pedestrian underpass rather than an underground transit system, Hatch employed the term in the latter American sense.[2]

Cited by Clark as her favourite Hatch composition, "Don't Sleep in the Subway" has also been recorded by Matt Monro, Patti Page, Frank Sinatra and Caterina Valente. A Spanish rendering: "No duermas en el metro", was recorded by both Gelu and Los Stop. Siw Malmkvist recorded the Swedish rendering "Sov Inte På Tunnelbanan" in 1970.

The song's title was used as part of a candidate's name in "Election Night Special", a sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus: another of that series' episodes featured Cardinal Richelieu (Michael Palin) lip-synching to Clark's record on the show-within-a-show Historical Impersonations.


Chart (1967) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 16
New Zealand Singles Chart 7
South African Singles Chart 10
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Billboard Easy Listening 1

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