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Thread #7123   Message #42688
Posted By: Joe Offer
21-Oct-98 - 04:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kentucky Babe (Buck, Geibel, 1897)
Subject: Lyr Add: KENTUCKY BABE
Kentucky Babe
Lyrics by Richard Henry Buck (revised)
Music by Adam Giebel, 1896

Skeeters are a humming on the honeysuckle vine,
Sleep, Kentucky Babe.
Sandman is a-coming to this little babe of mine,
Sleep, Kentucky Babe.
Silv'ry moon is shining in the heavens up above,
Bobolink is pining for his little lady love,
You are mighty lucky, Babe of old Kentucky,
Close your eyes in sleep, fly away.
Fly away, Kentucky Babe, fly away to rest, fly away.
Lay your sleepy little head on your mommy's breast, fly away.
Um..Um.. close your eyes in sleep.

Daddy's in the canebrake with his little dog and gun,
Sleep, Kentucky Babe.
Possum for your breakfast when your sleeping time is done,
Sleep, Kentucky Babe.
Bogie man'll catch you sure unless you close your eyes,
Waiting just outside the door to take you by surprise,
Best be keeping shady, lovely little lady,
Close your eyes in sleep.

This version is from the Warner Brothers Most Fantastic Fakebook in the World. It gets rid of objectionable language without getting too mired in political correctness. The original (see Levy link above) is far too racist for our times.
-Joe Offer-