Only When I Sleep

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"Only When I Sleep"
Single by The Corrs
from the album Talk on Corners
B-side "Remember"
Released October 1997 (UK)
Format CD single
Recorded July 1996
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock, Celtic
Length 4:26
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) The Corrs, John Shanks, Oliver Leiber, Paul Peterson
The Corrs singles chronology
"Only When I Sleep"
"I Never Loved You Anyway"

"Only When I Sleep"
"I Never Loved You Anyway"

"Only When I Sleep" is a single by Celtic folk rock band The Corrs from their album Talk on Corners, released in October 1997. The song focuses on being in love with someone in your dreams, not anyone in reality. The track was also included on The Corrs' album Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection in 2006.

The single managed to peak at number ten in the Irish Singles Chart and #58 in the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Only When I Sleep" (radio edit) – 3:50
  2. "Only When I Sleep" – 4:23
  3. "Remember" – 4:02
  4. "Only When I Sleep" (instrumental) – 4:23

Music video[edit]

The video for "Only When I Sleep" is of a more glamorous style than the previous videos. It was shot in the Alexandria Hotel in Los Angeles on September 12, 1997. This hotel used to be very popular in the early days of Hollywood, and famous stars like Charlie Chaplin, Sarah Bernhardt, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks or Cecil B. DeMille but also politicians like Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill stayed here. It is abandoned today but still used as a filming location of many films, TV shows (e.g. The X-Files) and other music videos (like Hanson's "This Time Around").

Director Nigel Dick met Jim by chance at the airport of L.A. He has been directing music videos for many other artists, including R.E.M., Cher, Oasis, Tears for Fears and Alice Cooper.


Chart Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[1] 34
Irish Singles Chart[2] 10
Spain (Los 40 Principales) 1
UK Singles Chart[3] 58

Cover version[edit]

In 2004, the song was covered by Lee Eun-ju and used in her final film, The Scarlet Letter.


  • Music by: The Corrs, Oliver Leiber, Paul Peterson
  • Lyrics by: The Corrs


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