Petula Clark

Don't Sleep in the Subway

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Similar to "A Sign of the Times," her hit from a year before, "Don't Sleep in the Subway" is yet another infectious Petula Clark smash that doesn't exactly reward close attention to its lyrics. Built around the enigmatic title and catchy chorus (with added lyrics thrown in seemingly just to tie everything in), the single reverses what was fast becoming a Petula Clark standby -- verses steadily building in anticipation, all leading to a massive climax during the choruses. Here, producer Tony Hatch takes the lead in the verses but pulls it all back during the chorus, with just a trilling electric piano and a few chimes to emphasize Clark's playful, only somewhat imploring vocals. A transcontinental hit in 1967, "Don't Sleep in the Subway" hit number 12 in Britain but leapfrogged up to the Top Five in America.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1986 GNP 3:00
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Greatest Hits [BR Music] 1990 BR Music 2:56
No Image 1990 See For Miles Records
Treasures, Vol. 1 1992 Scotti Brothers 2:58
My Greatest 1994 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:11
Petula Clark [Castle] 1994 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 3:14
The Pye Years 1995 RPM 2:57
Golden Hits 1996 ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Prism 1997] 1997 Prism Platinum 3:08
Sunshine Days, Vol. 3: 60's Pop Classics 1997
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:57
Her Greatest Hits 1998 2:58
Original Hits 1998 Master Tone Records 3:11
The Classic Collection 1999 Castle Pulse 2:57
Very Best of Petula Clark [Crimson] 1999 Crimson Productions
Petula Clark [Classic World] 1999 Classic World Productions, Inc. 3:06
Downtown: The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1999 Buddha Records 2:57
Downtown and Other Great Sixties Originals 1999 Castle Music Ltd. / Castle Pie 2:56
Anthology: Downtown to Sunset Boulevard 2000 Uptown / Universal 3:00
Sixties EP Collection 2000 Sequel 2:59
Legendary 2000 BMG 2:59
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Heartland Productions, Inc. 2:54
Music to Watch Girls By 2000
Various Artists
Columbia Records 0:00
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2000 Pulse / Sanctuary 2:58
Downtown: The Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2001 Pulse 2:59
Complete Golden Hits Collection 2001 Castle Music Ltd. 2:57
This Is My Song [Delta] 2001 Delta Music Ltd. / Delta Distribution 2:56
A Year in Your Life: 1967, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:56
The Ultimate Collection 2002 Sanctuary 2:55
Kaleidoscope 2003 Sanctuary 2:57
Ultimate Petula Clark 2003 BMG Heritage 2:56
The Essential Tony Hatch & His Orchestra: Grooves, Hits and Themes 2003 Import 2:56
1967: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:55
Call Me: The Songs of Tony Hatch 2003 Castle / Sanctuary 2:55
Essential 2003 Metro 2:58
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Prism 2004] 2004 Prism Leisure 3:11
Platinum & Gold Collection 2004 BMG Heritage 2:58
The Song of My Life 2005 Brentwood Records 3:16
Don't Sleep in the Subway 2005 WMO (Netherlands) / Wonderful Music 2:59
Supersounds from the Superstar 2007 Wounded Bird 2:56
Then & Now: The Very Best of Petula Clark 2008 2:55
What a Girl Needs 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:56
Signature Collection: Her Classic Hits 2015 Factory of Sounds 2:59
No Image SEL
Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 18: Hold on (I'm Coming)
Various Artists
Legacy 3:00
Sixties Collection, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Going For A Song 3:09
The 60's Collection
Various Artists
Going For A Song 3:09