Lyrics
Jimmy met Mary on the Fourth of July
Independence Day, you shoulda' seen her brown eyes
She come up from behind and stared tugging on his coat, uh-huh
Oh, when his fireworks blew she was pushing like a tug boat

Nine months later they had a little sprite
Ah, she was pretty as a sunset, they named her Little Goodnight
Now Little Goodnight she couldn't sleep too well, uh-uh
And every night half the neighborhood could hear Jim and Mary tell her

They said, "go to sleep baby, don't cry
Count sheep, your mother and I
Can't keep it up
If we don't get some sleep"

Good night, Little
Good night, Little
Good night

Little good night started staying up a lot
With her big baby blues wide open like a rim shot
Jim and Mary thought parenthood was 'sposed to be a joy, uh-huh
Started thinking bad thoughts, started acting kinda paranoid

Well they took her to the doctor, they took her to the nurse
There we potions recommended, just like it was some kinda curse
Jim and Mary loved Little Goodnight so much, uh-huh
But without those REMs they felt like they were losing touch

They said, "go to sleep baby, don't cry
Count sheep, your mother and I
Can't keep it up
If we don't get some sleep"

Good night, Little
Good night, Little
Good night

You'll have school one of these days
Children of your own to raise
In casual or business dress we have high hopes for you
But Little Goodnight, first you'll need some rest

Now go to sleep

Now there's a woman on the street wrapped up in a blanket
Clutching a portable tape deck, just about to crank it
She's listening to a song by Ms. Diana Ross, uh-huh
Singing "Dreams can come true", Jim and Mary keep their fingers
Crossed

Go to sleep baby, don't cry
Count sheep, your mother and I
Can't keep it up
If we don't get some sleep

Good night, Little
Good night, Little
Good night, Little
Good night, Little
Good night

Copyright: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Writer(s): John Hiatt




Videos
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John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - "Little Goodnight" [Official Audio]
Daddies Sing GoodNight: A Fathers' Collection Of Sleepytime Songs [1994] - Various Artists
John Hiatt: "Little Goodnight" (from "Angel" cd single)
John Hiatt & Jerry Douglas live at Paste Studio on the Road: Nashville
John Hiatt: "Little Goodnight" (from "Cross My Fingers" cd single)
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - "Mississippi Phone Booth" [Official Video]
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - "All The Lilacs In Ohio" [Official Video]
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