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Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)

jenni 22 Jul 99 - 03:08 PM
Jeri 22 Jul 99 - 04:49 PM
MAG (inactive) 22 Jul 99 - 05:32 PM
Charlie Baum 22 Jul 99 - 09:51 PM
Jim Dixon 03 Apr 05 - 01:34 PM
GUEST,Anna C 02 Apr 10 - 06:14 AM
GUEST,leeneia 02 Apr 10 - 10:34 AM
GUEST,leeneia 02 Apr 10 - 01:48 PM
GUEST 03 Jul 10 - 12:09 AM
GUEST,storyteller's granddaughter 06 Feb 11 - 08:54 AM
GUEST,Tracy 14 Jun 11 - 05:59 PM
GUEST 04 Nov 11 - 08:35 PM
GUEST,Joe Henry 03 Jun 12 - 08:05 PM
GUEST 10 Jun 12 - 06:14 PM
GUEST,Mark 08 Feb 14 - 09:55 PM
GUEST,Joni 01 Jun 16 - 12:21 AM
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Subject: lyrics for 'baby's boat' lullaby?
From: jenni
Date: 22 Jul 99 - 03:08 PM

I'm looking for lyrics and chords to a lullaby that begins "Baby's boat's a silvery moon, Sailing in the sky..." Any help will be appreciated.

jenni


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Subject: RE: lyrics for 'baby's boat' lullaby?
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Jul 99 - 04:49 PM

The poem/song you're looking for is not:

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe-
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

I know this isn't any help and I'll keep looking, but thanks for the question. It prompted me to hunt around in the basement until I found a book that brings back more happy memories than perhaps anything else I own - The Bumper Book.


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Subject: RE: lyrics for 'baby's boat' lullaby?
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 22 Jul 99 - 05:32 PM

Baby's boat's a silver moon sailing in the sky
Sailing o'er a sea of sleep while the stars float by
sail, baby, sail out upon that sea
Only don't forget to sail back again to me

Baby's fishing for a dream fishing near and far
her line a silver moonbeam is. her bait a silver star
Sail, baby, sail out upon that sea
Only don't forget to sail back again to me


is in a picture book by Jeanne Titherington; I believe it is traditional, but there is no citation in the book, so don't quote me.

Ask the children's librarian!

-- MA


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Subject: RE: lyrics for 'baby's boat' lullaby?
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 22 Jul 99 - 09:51 PM

Another source for the song is: Slumber Boat This site has lyrics, author citation, and a place you can click to have it play for you.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SLUMBER BOAT (lullaby)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Apr 05 - 01:34 PM

Indiana University Sheet Music Collections has the sheet music:

THE SLUMBER BOAT
(Words, Alice C. Riley. Music, Jessie L. Gaynor. 1898)

Baby's boat the silver moon sailing in the sky,
Sailing o'er the sea of sleep while the clouds float by.
Sail, baby, sail out upon that sea;
Only don't forget to sail back again to me.

Baby's fishing for a dream, fishing near and far.
His line a silver moonbeam is. His bait a silver star.
Sail, baby, sail out upon that sea;
Only don't forget to sail back again to me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST,Anna C
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 06:14 AM

FWIW, in August 1974, Harper's Magazine used the song (words and music) to illustrate a Wraparound feature on books about the sea and fishing. A thumbnail of the article is here . The article does not include any other information about the women who collaborated and published the song. It's interesting to me that, even though the song is not traditional, we have made it almost so by remembering it as we do folk songs by their lyrics (Baby's Boat, Sail Baby Sail).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 10:34 AM

Thanks for the link, Jack.

I opened it, opened Noteworthy, and played the tune. Fifty years ago, my sister learned that song and sang it around the house. I am amazed that she learned it right [given its unusual tonality] and that I remember how she sang it.

I believe I'll add it to my dulcimer repertoire - although not with the five flats specified by the composer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 01:48 PM

Later - I've worked it out on the dulcimer in the key of A. I believe it is that rare creature, a truly modal song. It starts on C#, ends on C#, and some of the more prominent notes are C#.

That would make it Phrygian, the mode that starts on the third step of the scale.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 12:09 AM

My family grew up hearing our mother sing this lullabye and I've ofteh thought I'd check it out online. Finally googling it out of curiosity I'm surprised to read anything about it at all--I've only heard my Mom sing it. My sibs are spread over 15 years, starting in the late 40's to mid 60's and I'll have to ask my mother this weekend where she learned it. It was not likely part of her mom's tradition, being just one generation removed from Norway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST,storyteller's granddaughter
Date: 06 Feb 11 - 08:54 AM

The last verse is:
Mother watches o'er her babe, as he sails away
Sailing on a sea of sleep, till the break of day
Sail, baby, sail...out upon that sea...
only don't forget to sail, back again to me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST,Tracy
Date: 14 Jun 11 - 05:59 PM

This is very close to the lullaby my mother sang to all of us kids, and we have sang to the little ones who follow us.

The movie "Awakenings" uses this song.

The words are a bit different, and we never knew (until "Awakenings") that there was a second verse. I've never known anyone who knew this lullaby.

The way we learned Baby Boats:

Baby's boat a silver moon, sailing near and far.
Sailing over a sea of blue, while the clouds roll by.
Sail, Baby, sail out across the sea,
Only don't forget to sail home again to me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Nov 11 - 08:35 PM

Grace Note

I'm in my sixties, and my mother, who was born in 1911,used to sing that to us! I know that she learned it from her mother, so I knew it was a very old lullaby. The words I learned are similar to the ones above, but the verse by Tracy is the same that I learned. Here is the way I learned it and the way I sang it to my own children. We are all singing it now to our new grandson . . . and will sing it to all that follow...

Baby's boat a silver moon, sailing in the sky
Sailing o'er a sea of dreams, as the clouds roll by.
Sail, Baby, sail ... out across the sea
Only don't forget to sail, back again to me,

Baby's fishing for a dream, fishing near and far
His(her) line a silver moonbeam, his(her) bait a silver star
Sail, Baby, sail ... out across the sea,
Only don't forget to sail, back again to me.

I have to admit that I really like the third verse cited above.
This is a classic.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST,Joe Henry
Date: 03 Jun 12 - 08:05 PM

I'm a 76-year-old man whose mother sang me to sleep to this song as a baby, and I sang it to my now 44-year-old son. I haven't thought of it in nearly that many years, and I wakened this morning with it going around in my head for some unknown reason. I'm so grateful to be able to refresh my memory of all the words!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 06:14 PM

Silver sails out on the sea, sailing home to me
with your silver moonbeams shinning down on me.
Sail baby sail out up on the sea only don't forget to sail,
back again to me.

Then we sing after that: Talu, Talu, Talulu bye,bye do you want the stars to play with the moon to run away with, talu,talu talulu bye,bye.


I may have learned it wrong , but I've passed this down to my daughter
and now my grandchildren sing it to me all the time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST,Mark
Date: 08 Feb 14 - 09:55 PM

A great little lullaby which I first heard sung by Prudence Johnson on Praire Home Companion 30 years ago. Sang it to my baby daughter and now she wants to sing it to her twin babies.

Does anyone have suggestions on where to find the guitar chords for it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: GUEST,Joni
Date: 01 Jun 16 - 12:21 AM

Babys Boat the silver moon Sailing through the sky
Sailing over the sea of sleep While the clouds float by
Sail baby sail Out across the sea. Only don't forget to sail
Back again to me.

Baby fishing for a dream Fishing near and far
His line a golden moonbeam The baits a shinning star
Sail baby sail Out across the sea   Only don't forget to sail
Back again to me

Mother watches over her baby as he dreams and sails away
Sailings on the sea of sleep until the break of day
Sail baby sail out across the sea Only dont forget to sail
Back agian to me
Back again to me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby's Boat / Slumber Boat (lullaby)
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Jun 16 - 01:54 PM

Yes, sung in my childhood as well, with the variation given on 4 November 2011, "sailing o'er a sea of dreams."

Did not Stephen King put this at a pivotal point in the plot, in his novel "Dreamcatcher"? Which I suspect was cut out of the "Dreamcatcher" adaptation for the cinema.


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