Sleep Like Breathing

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"Sleep Like Breathing"
Single by Alison Moyet with David Freeman
from the album Raindancing
B-side "Love Resurrection" (Live)
Released 21 September 1987[1]
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Pop
Length 4:20
Label CBS Records
Writer(s) David Freeman, Joseph Hughes
Producer(s) Jimmy Iovine, David Freeman, Joseph Hughes
Alison Moyet with David Freeman singles chronology
"Ordinary Girl"
"Sleep Like Breathing"
"Love Letters"

"Sleep Like Breathing" is a song by British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, released in 1987 as the fourth and final single from her second studio album Raindancing. A duet with David Freeman, "Sleep Like Breathing" was written by Freeman and Joseph Hughes, both of whom made up The Lover Speaks. The song was produced by Jimmy Iovine, Freeman and Hughes.

During recording sessions of Raindancing, The Lover Speaks contributed three songs to the project, although only "Sleep Like Breathing" was included on the album.[2] Upon release, "Sleep Like Breathing" failed to reach the UK Top 40. It peaked at No. 80 and remained in the Top 100 for three weeks.[3] A promotional video was filmed to promote the single, which also featured Freeman.[4]


The single was released by CBS on 7" and 12" vinyl in the UK and Europe.[5] The B-Side "Love Resurrection (Live)" was exclusive to the single.[6] On the European 12" vinyl release, two additional live songs were included: "Ne Me Quitte Pas" and "Don't Burn Down the Bridge".[7] In the UK, the 12" single featured only "Ne Me Quitte Pas" alongside "Love Resurrection" as the B-Sides.[8] A limited edition 12" version was also issued in the UK, replacing "Ne Me Quitte Pas" with "Don't Burn Down the Bridge". The three live tracks were recorded at Wembley Arena on 13 May 1987.[9][10]

Critical reception[edit]

Praising Moyet's "interpretive gifts" and Iovine's "understated production" on Raindancing, American magazine Musician described "Sleep Like Breathing" as being a track that has "such lasting allure".[11] In the Digital Audio and Compact Disc Review, a review of the album commented "...but there's just no hope for such dull, lethargic ballads as "Blow Wind Blow" and "Sleep Like Breathing"."[12] The Trouser Press Record Guide singled-out the song as the album's "low point", describing it as "stiflingly schmaltzy".[13] In a retrospective review of Raindancing, Paul Scott-Bates of the music website Louder Than War commented that the song's release as a single was "almost criminally ignored".[14] Loz Etheridge of the webzine God Is in the TV described the song as a "tragically overlooked duet" and a "standout" on Raindancing.[15]


7" single
  1. "Sleep Like Breathing" - 4:20
  2. "Love Resurrection (Live)" - 6:22
12" single (European release)
  1. "Sleep Like Breathing" - 4:20
  2. "Love Resurrection (Live)" - 6:22
  3. "Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live)" - 5:12
  4. "Don't Burn Down The Bridge (Live)" - 5:00
12" single (UK release)
  1. "Sleep Like Breathing" - 4:20
  2. "Love Resurrection (Live)" - 6:22
  3. "Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live)" - 5:12
12" single (UK limited edition release)
  1. "Sleep Like Breathing" - 4:20
  2. "Love Resurrection (Live)" - 6:22
  3. "Don't Burn Down The Bridge (Live)" - 5:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
UK Singles Chart[16] 80


  • Vocals on "Sleep Like Breathing" – Alison Moyet, David Freeman
  • Associate Producer on "Sleep Like Breathing" – Mike Shipley
  • Producer on "Sleep Like Breathing" – David Freeman, Jimmy Iovine, Joseph Hughes
  • Writers of "Sleep Like Breathing" – David Freeman, Joseph Hughes
  • Recorder, Mixer of "Love Resurrection (Live)" - Philippe Bertrand
  • Recorder, Mixer of "Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live)" - Philippe Bertrand
  • Recorder, Mixer of "Don't Burn Down The Bridge (Live)" - Philippe Bertrand
  • Writers of "Love Resurrection" – Alison Moyet, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain
  • Writers of "Ne Me Quitte Pas" – Arthur Hamilton
  • Writers of "Don't Burn Down The Bridge" – Ronnie Miller


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