Appearing in the recently released We Dare to Dream documentary which the musician executive produced alongside Angelina Jolie, John Legend presents “Don’t Need to Sleep.”
Co-written with Justin Tranter and producer Oak Felder, Legend sings “But tonight/I don’t need to close my eyes/I don’t need to fall asleep/I don’t need to sleep to dream no I don’t” “Bent but not broken/Down but not hopeless/Eyes are wide open I know it/Don’t need to sleep to dream.”
A story of refugee athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan and Cameroon, the synopsis for the film reads “Spanning a breadth of backgrounds, personal stories and Olympic sports, the film reveals their lives and hopes as they train to compete on the world stage, showing the fire and the drive of young people forced to leave their families, homes and countries of birth to build new lives out of nothing,”
The Peacock-streaming documentary follows the players to a pivotal moment in which they arrive to the summer Olympics. “Their compatriots back home and their new communities in refugee camps watch as these determined young athletes fight for their place in the world,” the description continues. “This is their story of heart in the face of adversity, and most of all, hope for a better life.”
While appeared on collaborative releases and features with Niall Horan and Rufus Wainwright earlier this year, “Don’t Need to Sleep” marks Legend’s first offering since the release of his 2022 album, Legend.