Song: When It's Sleepy Time Down South

Written by Clarence Muse, Leon Rene, Otis Rene

"When It's Sleepy Time Down South" (also known as "Sleepy Time Down South") is a 1931 jazz song written by Clarence Muse, Leon René and Otis René. It became the theme song of Louis Armstrong, who recorded it almost a hundred times during his career.[1] The song is now considered a jazz standard.


The lyrics are about the Great Migration in the United States, with the singer talking about the "dear old Southland... where I belong", and contain many racial stereotypes. There is a 1942 film short of the song featuring Armstrong and others dressed as slaves or farm workers.


 

Recordings of this song:

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recording details  Al Hirt save license this
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