Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)

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"Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin for the 1954 movie White Christmas. It is commonly performed as a Christmas song, although the lyrics make no reference to the holiday.[1]


It was nominated for an Academy Award as "Best Song" but was defeated by "Three Coins in the Fountain" from the movie of the same name written by Jule Styne and lyricist Sammy Cahn.[2] It was performed on the 1955 Academy Awards telecast by vocalist Peggy King.[3]

The best-known recordings were made by Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby — who both appeared in the film — as well as separate recordings by Eddie Fisher, Sonny Rollins, Andy Williams, Jimmy Durante, and the Ray Conniff Singers. More recent recordings include those by Amy Grant, Miki Howard, Jars of Clay, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Sandi Patty and José Mari Chan.


When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep
Counting my blessings

When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep
Counting my blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep
Counting your blessings


  1. ^ Tyler, Don (2008). Music of the Postwar Era. Greenwood Press. p. 125. ISBN 9780313341915. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  2. ^ Reid, John Howard (2006). Hollywood Movie Musicals. p. 219. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
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