I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Bon Jovi song)

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"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Keep the Faith
Released July 1993
Format CD single
Cassette single
Recorded 1992
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:43
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"In These Arms"
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
"I Believe"
Music video
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead at YouTube.com

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is a song by the rock band Bon Jovi. It was released as the 4th single off the 1992 album, Keep the Faith. It was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" reached #17 on the UK Charts, #97 in the US and #29 on the Mainstream rock charts.[1]

The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison's grave was featured in the video clip.

Track listing[edit]

US CD[edit]

  1. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" 4:44
  2. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Live)"

UK CD[edit]

  1. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" 4:44
  2. "Blaze of Glory (Live)" 5:50 Recorded live at the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey - December 1992
  3. "Wild in the Streets (Live)" 4:58 Recorded live at Tampa Sundome, Florida - March 1993

UK Cassette[edit]

  1. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" 4:44
  2. "Never Say Goodbye (Live Acoustic Version)" 5:30 Recorded live at the Miami Arena, Florida - March 1993
28 second sample from I'll Sleep When I'm Dead by Bon Jovi

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  • Jon Bon Jovi - lead vocals
  • Richie Sambora - guitars
  • David Bryan - keyboards
  • Tico Torres - drums
  • Alec John Such - bass guitar
  • Bob Rock - producer ("I'll Sleep When I'm Dead")
  • Obie O'Brien - producer/engineer ("Blaze of Glory (Live)", "Wild In The Streets (Live)", "Never Say Goodbye (Live Acoustic Version)"), mix ("Wild In The Streets (Live)", "Never Say Goodbye (Live Acoustic Version)")
  • Nicoloa - mix ("Wild In The Streets (Live)")
  • Margery Greenspan - art direction
  • Patricia Lie - design
  • Frank Ockenfels - photography

Live performances[edit]

The driving drumbeat and catchy chorus of "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" have made it a crowd favourite during live performances. It had the distinction of being one of the few Bon Jovi songs to be played at virtually every live concert since its introduction, until The Circle Tour in 2010, where it was only played occasionally. When played, it is often incorporated into a medley with a cover song inserted into the middle, such as "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones, or "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by The Undisputed Truth.

Concert footage of "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" can be viewed on the Live From London and The Crush Tour DVDs.


Chart (1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 24
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 40
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 35
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 97
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)[9] 29



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