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Thread #6920   Message #1115732
Posted By: cetmst
14-Feb-04 - 06:13 AM
Thread Name: Lyrics Versions: Brahms' Lullaby
Subject: RE: Brahms Lullaby
Priscilla Herdman on her Star Dreamer album sings words attributed to William Engvick to Brahms' tune:

Close your eyes, close your eyes, go to sleep now my darling.
There's a sandman, old and wise, bringing happy dreams to you.
Settle down and go to sleep 'til the quiet night passes.
You are safe in my arms, in my arms all night through.

Now the moon, riding high, turns the shadows to silver.
And the night winds, with a sigh, whisper soft across the hill.
It's a bright enchanted land where the unicorn dances
'Til the stars disappear and the whole world is still.

Words not as inspired as the original German or the English translation my mother sang us to sleep with a few years back. She learned it from a record played on a wind-up Victrola her mother had before the manse where I was born in the 1920's was wired for electricity. The Star Dreamer album, IMHOP, is the best collection of lullabies recorded and Priscilla Herdman's one of the loveliest voices for singing lullabies though Custer LaRue's album is also
delightful.