music/lyrics: Richard Popovic

Story

Anne and I were driving home from a wedding and I came up with the words while I was behind the wheel. The original is actually written in Anne's handwriting on the back of the wedding invitation. It is based on a conversation I had with my sister, about how my niece Erin became an expert at stalling before bedtime at a very young age.

Lyrics

I’m Not Sleepy

The sun’s going down little Stella, the moon’s coming up in the sky

So put on your PJ’s little Stella it’s time to go beddy-bye

But I’m not sleepy, I’m not sleepy

I don’t wanna say goodnight

 

 I still gotta put my toys away ‘cause they’re all over the place

Gotta put my blocks back in their box and my tuba in its case

I can’t go to bed and rest my head,  I can’t go to sleep and count my sheep

I still gotta put my toys away ‘cause they’re all over the place

 

The sun’s going down little Stella, the moon’s coming up in the sky

So put on your PJ’s little Stella it’s time to go beddy-bye

But I’m not sleepy, I’m not sleepy

I don’t wanna say goodnight

 

I still gotta care for dolly, ‘cause she really needs my help

And I think she needs a drink , she can’t get one for herself

I can’t go to bed and rest my head,  I can’t go to sleep and count my sheep

I still gotta care for dolly, ‘cause she really needs my help

 

The sun’s going down little Stella, the moon’s coming up in the sky

So put on your PJ’s little Stella it’s time to go beddy-bye

But I’m not sleepy, I’m not sleepy

I don’t wanna say goodnight

 

Read me one more story, the one about the baby bird

Or the Cat in the Hat or a bunny named Pat I’ll stay awake for every word

I can’t go to bed and rest my head,  I can’t go to sleep and count my sheep

Read me one more story, the one about the baby bird

 

The sun’s gone down little Stella

The moon is up in the sky

You put on your PJ’s little Stella

And you went beddy bye

You were so sleepy, You were so sleepy

But you didn’t wanna say goodnight

 

GUITAR NOTES

Capo 3

VERSE:  D/D/A/G-A-D  G/D/A/G-D 

CHORUS:  G/D/A/G-A-D  G/D-Bm/A/G-A-D