A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 14, 2020
“Now I lay me down to sleep, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s at my feet…”

"Now I lay me down to sleep,/ A bottle of Jack (Daniel’s) at my feet./ If I die before I wake,/ Tell my friends I drank it straight” is a jocular saying that has been printed on several images. “Now I lay me down to sleep” is a classic children’s bedtime prayer.

“my saturday night: Now I lay me down to sleep a bottle of Jack Daniels at my feet if I die before I wake tell my friends I drank it straight” was posted on Twitter by GRiFF RAFF on August 17, 2009. “Now I lay me down to sleep with an empty bottle of Jack at my feet if I die before I wake tell my girls I drank it straight” was posted on Twitter by Bekki’s Bespoke Art on November 19, 2009. There have been several slight variations, and it is not known who composed the original.

“Now I lay me down to sleep. A bottle of vodka at my feet…” and “Now my friends lay me down to sleep, a fifth of whiskey down by my feet…” are related sayings.


Wikipedia: Jack Daniel’s
Jack Daniel’s is a brand of Tennessee whiskey and the top-selling American whiskey in the world. It is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee, by the Jack Daniel Distillery, which has been owned by the Brown–Forman Corporation since 1956.

Wikipedia: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Now I lay me down to sleep is a classic children’s bedtime prayer from the 18th century.

Text
Perhaps the earliest version was written by Joseph Addison in an essay appearing in The Spectator on 8 March 1711. It says:

When I lay me down to Sleep,
I recommend my self to his Care;
when I awake, I give my self up to his Direction.


A later version printed in The New England Primer goes:

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my Soul to keep[;]
If I should die before I ‘wake,
I pray the Lord my Soul to take.

Twitter
GRiFF RAFF
@griffinhewett
my saturday night: Now I lay me down to sleep a bottle of Jack Daniels at my feet if I die before I wake tell my friends I drank it straight
4:36 PM · Aug 17, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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Bekki’s Bespoke Art
@BekkisArt
Now I lay me down to sleep with an empty bottle of Jack at my feet if I die before I wake tell my girls I drank it straight
1:08 PM · Nov 19, 2009·erased858

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Jenn Lynn
@itsjennlynn
now i lay me down to sleep, a bottle of Jack at my feet. if i should die before i wake, tell all them pc bitches i drank it straight!
2:42 AM · Nov 28, 2009·erased858

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John Lydon
@thenamejohn
“""now as i lay down to sleep, a Jack D bottle at my feet, if i die before i wake, tell my friends i drank it straight. i w
7:42 PM · Dec 8, 2009·erased858

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Bobbie Stacker
@Live_Hard_YZO
Now I lay down to sleep with a bottle of Jack at my feet, but if I die before I wake, tell my friends I drank it stright smile
11:02 AM · Feb 2, 2011·Mobile Web

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Lil V
@SlaveToTheCorps
So lay me down to sleep, a bottle of jack at my feet, and if I die before I wake, tell my girls I drank it straight.

2:04 PM · Feb 14, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Allyssa May Moore
@allyssamoore_85
AS I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP A BOTTLE OF JACK DANIELS AT MY FEET IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE TELL MY FRIENDS I DRANK IT STRAIGHT
11:50 PM · Mar 11, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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El Presidente
@Guilly2tRiLL
Now I lay me down to sleep, a bottle of jack at my feet, if I die before I wake, please just know I drank it straight. #alcoholicsbible
2:25 AM · Aug 7, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

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SUICIDE GLAM
November 4, 2012 ·
“Now I lay me down to sleep, a bottle of Jack ‘D at my feet, if I shall die before I wake tell my friends I drank it straight.”

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Mr.Nice
@Unheard_Sound
Now I lay me down to sleep, a bottle of #Jack at my feet. If I die before I wake, tell my #friends I drank it straight!!!
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#jackdaniels #weekendplans #drunkagenda #dark #deepthoughts… https://instagram.com/p/BxkRHG9B96F/?igshid=1qjkm715i9ug5
10:16 AM · May 17, 2019·Instagram

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Enashi
May 13, 2020 ·
Now I lay me down to sleep
A bottle of JACK at my feet
If I die before I wake
Tell my friends I drank it straight
#enashi #whoisenashi #worldenashi
@whoisenashi @worldenashi

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, November 14, 2020 • Permalink