I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten

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"I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten"
Single by Dusty Springfield
B-side "No Stranger Am I
Released July 1968
Format 7" single
Recorded June 1, 1968
Genre Pop music
Label Philips Records
Writer(s) Clive Westlake
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"What's It Gonna Be"
"I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten"
"I Will Come to You" (UK)
"Son of a Preacher Man" (US)

"I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" is a song written by Clive Westlake and recorded by British singer Dusty Springfield. Recorded June 1, 1968 at Chappel Studios in London, "I Close My Eyes..." was released that August to reach No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] where it ranks as one of Springfield's biggest hits: of her solo singles only "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" (No. 3) and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (No. 1) outrank "I Close My Eyes..." while "I Only Want to Be with You" matches its No. 4 peak (although "I Only Want to Be With You" charted substantially longer than "I Close My Eyes...", eighteen weeks as opposed to twelve).[1]

In the US, "I Close My Eyes..." was Springfield's final release on the Phillips label, Springfield having signed in June 1968 to have Atlantic Records be her US label of release as of that August; consequently the single was virtually ignored in the US reaching No. 122 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in Billboard. (The US release of "I Close My Eyes..." replaced the UK B-side "No Stranger Am I" with Springfield's rendition of "La Bamba".)

Notable cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Dusty Springfield's version of the song was used in Hollyoaks soundtrack episode dated 20 September 2007 (the departure episode where the character Craig Dean left the series leaving boyfriend John Paul McQueen behind).

The song is also used in the two-part Cracker story "True Romance", in which a lab technician always plays Dusty Springfield's original while preparing to murder her unsuspecting student victims.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 521. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.