The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #131847   Message #2978083
Posted By: Joe Offer
01-Sep-10 - 08:29 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bye'm Bye / By'm Bye (Stars Shining, etc)
Subject: ADD: Bye'm Bye
I actually referred to this song in an attempt to make a wisecrack in a Bobert thread, but then I discovered that there may be no thread on this lovely song. So...I found the lyrics on the Sally Rogers Website. I learned the song from a Weavers recording, with Ronnie Gilbert singing lead. Anybody know background information or other versions?
-Joe-


BYE'M BYE

By'm bye, By'm bye;
Stars shining
Number, number one, number two, number three,
Oh, my! By'm Bye, By'm Bye
Oh, my! By'm Bye.

By'm bye, By'm bye;
Stars shining
Number, number four, number five, number six,
Oh, my! By'm Bye, By'm Bye
Oh, my! By'm Bye.

By'm bye, By'm bye;
Stars shining
Number, number seven, number eight, number nine, number ten,
Oh, my! By'm Bye, By'm Bye
Oh, my! By'm Bye.


Roud says it's in Sandburg's New American Songbag (1950) p. 19; and again in Ruth Crawford Seeger's American Folk Songs for Children (1948) p.71
It's also in Music in Our Town the 1956 second-grade school songbook from Silver Burdett.