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Subject: Lyr Add: ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
From:
Date: 23 Sep 97 - 12:54 AM

While searching the DT and the forum to try to find the source of the variant, supposedly Anglo-Welsh, lyrics that I have for ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, I made an interesting discovery: although lullabies constitute a healthy fraction of the world's folk songs, there are only 35 listings in the DT under @lullaby and no threads I could find devoted to collecting them. There are a goodly number referred to individually here and there, but no compilation. So I propose to post the lyrics to this version of A.T.T.N. (which is not in the DT), both in the hope that someone knows the source, and to stimulate a round of baby-soothing additions to the database. Here goes:


ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

(Anglo-Welsh Lyrics -- whatever that means)

Sleep, my babe, no ill betide thee,
All through the night.
Guardian angels watch beside thee
All through the night.

O’er thy cradle stars are beaming,
Silver bright the moon is gleaming;
Thou shalt tread the land of dreaming.
All through the night.

While the earth in calm reposes,
All through the night.
Thou shalt sleep as sleep the roses,
All through the night.

Hushed from sorrow and repining,
Rest until the sun is shining,
In my loving arms reclining,
All through the night.


Looking forward to the fishies we'll catch wi' this net!


Sweet dreams,


Shula


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: alison
Date: 23 Sep 97 - 02:09 AM

hi

It's not a lullaby, but "The diamantina drover" always put my two little ones to sleep.

Slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Sep 97 - 03:53 AM

Well, Shula, as soon as you posted your message, I went searching the database for my two favorite Bok-Muir-Trickett lullabies, "YEA HO, LITTLE FISH" and "John of Dreams." They're both beautiful, and they're both in the database - but not categorized as lullabies. I'll have to put my thinking cap on and come up with another.

But in the meantime, I want to voice a complaint about "All Through the Night." I love the version you posted, Shula. Our choir director makes us sing a different version at Christmas, though, and I gag every time we get to the line that goes, "Christmas time is so appealing, All through the night." I'd quote the whole awful thing, but maybe it's lucky for you that I can't find it just now. It's truly tacky.
-Joe Offer, who always has exquisite taste-


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Subject: Lyr Add: BATHING ANGEL
From: Bert
Date: 23 Sep 97 - 11:06 AM

A sadly neglected group of songs. I guess we get too old for them. Here's one of mine.

BATHING ANGEL

(A)Someone's been (E7)cutting their (A)toenails
I (D)really don't know (A)who
they've (D)left one there, way (A)up in the air
on a (E7)carpet of midnight blue.

They must have been taking a shower
and it didn't all go down the drain
As I look in the sky, I feel in my eye
a few soft drops of rain.

They've used too much talcum powder
and shaken it all around
those sprinkes of white all over the night
are making the stars shine down.

It must be a pretty young angel
taking a tub up there
now the day is done, in the setting sun
I see a few strands of her hair.

So go to sleep my darling
now that the day is through
there's a freshly scrubbed young angel
watching over (A)you.

Copyright Bert Hansell, 1996


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Subject: Lyr Add: SLEEPY PEEDIE LADDIE
From: Jon W.
Date: 23 Sep 97 - 01:06 PM

Beautiful, Bert, I hope you can post the tune somehow.

Here's one of my favorites, from an old '60s folk collection record I check out from a library some years ago and already submitted to DT:

SLEEPY PEEDIE LADDIE

Lies low the sun and shadows tall
across the fields are creepin'
And soon the big round yellow moon
will o'er the brae come deepin'
Haste ye noo, lay by your barrow,
Daddy'l mend the broken wheel tomorrow
Come ye in and get ye bedded doon,
It's time my lad was sleepin'.

Come put ye on your wee white goon (gown)
afore the peat fire cheery,
I'll gang the mornin' tae the toon (town)
for sweeties for my dearie
Hush ye noo and stop your sighin'
Or Wee Willie Winkie'll come a-pryin'
Snug ye doon, my lad, and sleep ye soond (sound)
For mommie's sittin' near ye.

He's played all day wi' golden sun,
and weary is my laddie
His curly head is noddin',
and he's greetin' for his daddy.
Wist ye noo, my brave wee fellow,
tears'll wet your cozy cozy pillow
Close your eyes while Mother sings to you,
My sleepy peedie laddie.

Go softly, softly, ane and all,
and gentle wi' your speakin'
He's turned his wee face to the wall
And ceased his plaintive weepin'
Dream ye sweet, my bonny fellow,
Eyes so blue and hair so yellow yellow
Hush now, lightly let your footsteps fall,
for my wee laddie's sleepin'.

From an album of folk songs from the Orkney Isles.
"Peedie" is the Orkney equivalent of "wee", apparently.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BATHING ANGEL (Bert Hansell)
From: Bert
Date: 24 Sep 97 - 09:21 AM

Jon,

Here is the tune. It's in 3/4 time.
I'm glad you like it.

Bert.
 -----------------f-------------------
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A
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F
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D



Bathing angel

| F# A A | E F# G | F# D - |
|(A)Someone's been |(E7)cutting their |(A)toenails |

- - D| 2d d | 2c# B | 2A -|
I| (D)really |don't know |(A)who |

- - A | 2d d | 2d d | A B A | D
they've |(D)left one |there, way |(A)up in the |air

- F# F# | F# F# F# | 2F# F# | 2E
on a |(E7)carpet of |midnight |blue.

and the last line goes...
| 2F# A | 2F# E | 3D
|watching | over |(A)you.
They must have been taking a shower
And it didn't all go down the drain
As I look in the sky, I feel in my eye
A few soft drops of rain.

They've used too much talcum powder
And shaken it all around
Those sprinkles of white all over the night
Are making the stars shine down.

It must be a pretty young angel
Taking a tub up there
Now the day is done, in the setting sun
I see a few strands of her hair.

So go to sleep my darling
Now that the day is through
There’s a freshly scrubbed young angel
Watching over (A)you.

Copyright Bert Hansell, 1996


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Bert
Date: 24 Sep 97 - 09:23 AM

Well that pre formatting didn't work did it. I'll email it to you.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Jerry Friedman
Date: 24 Sep 97 - 12:21 PM

The most effective sleep-inducer I know is "On Top of Old Smoky". (Though some might think the lyrics unsuitable for children.) This is not a comparison, by the way--I don't know any of the other songs people have mentioned except for the beautiful "All Through the Night".

Those lyrics are brilliant, Bert!


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Shula
Date: 30 Sep 97 - 08:04 PM

Dear Bert,

Thanks for your charming "Bathing Angel." Neat! Have a "Bathtub Shanty" my kids love. Thanks for the reminder.

Dear JonW,

Lost track of this thread for awhile, but had to find it to tell you that "Sleepy Peedie Laddie" is the most touching father-to-son lullabye I have ever heard. It certainly gives the lie to the idea that back in the days when "men were men" manliness required the suppression of deep feeling. But then I was reared on a steady diet o' Bobby Burns, so knew better, m'sel.' In fact, I believe I have heard a variant of this song when little; -- what I wouldn't give to know for sure!

Dear All,

Having rescued this thread from near oblivion, I pray ye keep on't! The world needs more peaceful young'uns! Was going to post a classic Yiddish lullabye in the H/Y/L thread, but think it'll fit here. Back later with lyrics.

"Flights of angels..."

Shula


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 30 Sep 97 - 08:14 PM

It's not a folk song, but I always thought that the lullaby that ends the Beatles' " White Album" was a nice song, if a little too overproduced in their version. ("Now it's time to say good night . . .")


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Subject: Lyr Add: BIDH CLANN ULAIDH / THE ULSTER MEN
From: Susan-Marie
Date: 01 Oct 97 - 12:45 PM

Shula, thanks for starting this! I love your version of ATTN.

Here's my favorite lullaby, from a Catherine-Ann McPhee CD. The liner notes say it has versions in Skye and Lewis. It tells the sleeping baby that pipes will be played and wine will be drunk and children of the king will be present at his/her wedding. I like to sing the chorus in the original Gaelic, but sing the verses in English. Each verse is about a particular family, so you can add your own - I sing a verse about my mother's family, the Keenans. What makes it a great lullaby is the repetitive rhythm and words (which also make the Gaelic easy to learn).

BIDH CLANN ULAIDH (THE ULSTER MEN) - traditional

Bidh Clann Ulaid, laoigh 's a lurain
Bidh Clann Ulaid, air do bhannis
Bidh Clann Ulaid, laoigh 's a lurain
Deanamh an danns' air do bhanais

CHORUS: Bidh Clann a' Righ, bidh Clann a' Righ
Bidh Clann a' Righ, air do bhanais
Bidh Clann a' Righ, seinnear a' phiob
Olar a' fion air do bhanais

Bidh Clann Amhlaid nar fir ghreanmhor
Bidh Clann Amhlaid, air do bhannis
Bidh Clann Amhlaid nar fir ghreanmhor
Deanamh an danns' air do bhanais. CHORUS

Bidh Clann Choinnich nam feachd soilleir
Bidh Clann Choinnich, air do bhannis
Bidh Clann Choinnich nam feachd soilleir
Deanamh an danns' air do bhanais. CHORUS

Bidh Clann Dhomhail, ta chaneonach
Bidh Clann Dhmohail, air do bhannis
Bidh Clann Dhomhail, ta chaneonach
Deanamh an danns' air do bhanais. CHORUS

Translation:

Verses:

The Ulster men, dearest one my love
The Ulster men will be at your wedding
The Ulster men, dearest one my love
Will dance at your wedding

The MacAulays will be there, the handsome men
etc.

The MacKenzies will be there, the bright host
etc.

The MacDonalds will be there, 'tis no surprise
etc.

Chorus:

The king's children will be there, the king's children will be there
The king's children will be there at your wedding
The king's children will be there, pipes will be played
Wine will be drunk at your wedding

Apologies for any mis-transcriptions of the Gaelic.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 23-Nov-02.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Wkailey
Date: 01 Oct 97 - 02:56 PM

I think Barges would qualify as a lullabye. It has a beautiful, gently rolling melody, like the Mississippi. It's in the DT. I first encountered this song when my sisters learned it at Campfire Girl camp in Minnesota. They, however, only learned the first two verses. This shortcoming was compensated by the fact that they learned to sing it in two part harmony and in rondo--exceedingly pretty when done this way.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Susan of DT
Date: 01 Oct 97 - 08:30 PM

Don't count on the keywords "@" being inclusive. We started keywording late in the process, don't remember all of them at any given time. When other people contribute songs, they do not usually use the keywords and if we are not familiar with a song, we may miss some.

By all means, use the keywords to find songs, but do not assume you have found them all that way. If you like, you can tell us that we are missing certain keywords from certain songs.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Jon W.
Date: 02 Oct 97 - 10:50 AM

Shula, thanks for your comments about Peedie Laddie. Actually the song could be sung by a mom or a dad, but the version I have is sung by two women in harmony - just beautiful. I guess I'll have to MIDI-fy it and send it to Dick. (Sighs as he adds another task to his long list)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GARTAN MOTHER'S LULLABY
From: Alice
Date: 04 Oct 97 - 06:25 PM

My favorite is "The Gartan Mother's Lullaby". Dick, I checked this in the DT and have some corrections for you. First, it is Gartan, not Garton. My sources are Irish Country Songs, collected and arranged by Herbert Hughes, vol.one, 1909, and the album notes from Songs of Ireland by Mary O'Hara, written by Liam Clancy, 1958. Also, Lullaby doesn't have the "e" on the end in this case. In the second line, it sounds like Eeval, but it refers to "Aoibheal", who guards the Grey Rock. I have another source, True Irish Ghost Stories, which refers to her as a banshee rather than just a fairy woman, as Liam Clancy calls her. In the ghost story book, it reads, "The most famous Banshee of ancient times was that attached to the kingly house of O'Brien, Aibhill, who haunted the rock of Graglea above Killaloe, near the old palace of Kincora. In A.D. 1014 was fought the battle of Clontarf, from which the aged king, Brian Boru, knew that he would never come away alive, for the previous night Aibhill had appeared to him to tell him of his impending fate."

THE GARTAN MOTHER'S LULLABY

Sleep, O babe, for the red bee hums
The silent twilight's fall.
Eeval (Aoibheal) from the Grey Rock comes
To wrap the earth in thrall.
A lyan* van o, my child, my joy,
My love and heart's desire,
The crickets sing you lullaby
Beside the dying fire.

Dusk is drawn, and the Green Man's thorn
Is wreathed in rings of fog.
Sheevra sail's his boat til morn,
Upon the starry bog.
A lyan van o, the paly moon
Hath brimmed her cusp in dew,
And weeps to hear the sad sleep-tune
I sing, O love, to you.

repeat first verse.

This is one of the first songs I sang at the Irish session that I attend. It has a very sweet melody, and is a crowd pleaser.

*lyan is pronounced like "linn" Alice in Montana


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Alice
Date: 04 Oct 97 - 06:31 PM

That should be "Sheevra sails his boat.." without the apostrophe "s". Alice


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Alice
Date: 05 Oct 97 - 02:30 PM

More favorites: "October Winds", "The Connemara Cradle Song", and "All The Pretty Little Horses". Alice in Montana


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Oct 97 - 05:22 PM

Many thanx, Alice


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Shula
Date: 07 Oct 97 - 04:11 AM

Dear Alice,

The Gartan Mother's Lullaby is truly lovely. Is the tune used for anything else you know, perhaps something with a sound clip already in the DT?

Note to Dick, since you have asked for sources, whenever possible, add this belated annotation to the "All Through The Night" variant that started this thread. These lyrics are attributed to Florence Hoare in a collection called, I think, Folksongs of The British Isles. Just stumbled on it, yesterday, in our local Bluegrass store. Learned the verses long ago, without notes.


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Subject: Lyr Add: JELLYBEAN LULLABY
From: Ferrara
Date: 07 Oct 97 - 07:59 AM

Well, here's another home-grown lullaby. Someday we'll have the knack of sharing tunes easily, as well as words! I may be able to get a midi version if anyone wants to try it. Or I can try some kind of formatted notation, similar to Bert's attempt. The tune's kind of nice.

This was made up (not written) when I was out of town with my 3 or 4 year old son and he couldn't get to sleep in a strange room. I just tried to put together all the pretty, pleasant images I could think of. It worked well on many nights until he started thinking he was too old for such "baby stuff." The order of verses is arbitrary, except for the first verse.

JELLYBEAN LULLABY

If I had a bag of jellybeans,
I would save all the red ones for you
And if I had a visit from the Queen,
I would bring her in to say goodnight to you.

Chorus: And if I had a big soft bed
I'd let you lay down your sleepy little head
And If I had a bag of jellybeans
I would save all the red ones for you

If I had a stairway to the stars,
I would climb up the Milky Way with you
And if I had a ticket on a rocketship to Mars
I would fly through the sky with you too. (chorus)

Well, if I had a little baby pony
I'd bring it home and take you for a ride
And if I had a pony and its mommy
We could go for a ride side by side. (chorus)

If I had a garden full of worms
I'd dig up all the fattest worms for you.
And if I found a worm with a very funny squirm,
I'd keep it in a bucket for you. (chorus)

Now if I had the rainbow in the sky
I would climb up the rainbow with you.
And if I thought you'd give it a try
We could slide down the other side too. (chorus)

Last Chorus: And if I had a big soft bed,
I'd let you lay down your sleepy little head,
And If I had a bag of jellybeans,
I would save all the red ones,
and the pink ones and the blue ones,
I would save all the purple ones for you

Copyright Rita Ferrara, 1986


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Bert
Date: 07 Oct 97 - 03:34 PM

Ferrara,

I love it. Try to post the melody. Thanks, Bert.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Alice
Date: 07 Oct 97 - 03:49 PM

Shula, The Gartan Mother's Lullaby is not like any other tune. The music is in the Herbert Hughes book I referred to which you can find through a library. I only know of one recording, which is the Mary O'Hara, Songs of Ireland. Alice in MT


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Jon W.
Date: 07 Oct 97 - 07:03 PM

Dear Ferrara, there is a format for sharing tunes via text files called ABC. Click Here to get to the ABC homepage. There is some downloadable software and some explanation there. I've only used it a little, but I think it will do the trick. Bert's attempt is more or less ABC. He sent me his tune in a private message, in which it was formatted better, and I was able to figure it out enough to enter it into Noteworthy Composer (a music notation shareware program) and listen to it, and also play it on tin whistle. Anyway, I think ABC notation could be used to transmit tunes in the forum by including it in the message. The recipient could select and copy it to Notepad or other ascii capable word processor and save it as ascii. Then the ABC software could read it and play it for you, also turn it into MIDI, etc.

I love your lyrics and would like to hear the tune.

PS. I've done the hard part of figuring out the tune for "Sleepy Peedie Laddie" and entering it into Noteworthy Composer. Now I need to output it in various formats and bring it from home to work where I can post it or e-mail it to interested parties. I'll try and remember to do that tonight if I have time.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Ferrara
Date: 08 Oct 97 - 07:23 AM

To Jon W, thank you so much for the info about ABC format. It will take me a little time to get the idea and put it into practice I'm afraid.

Would you be willing to start a new thread on sharing tunes as well as words, and put in that link so it will be generally available? I know there has been a lot of discussion of how we can share music; I'm hoping we can bring it all together in one place.

I would absolutely love the music to "Sleepy Peedie Laddie."

About lullabies. My son loved all the usual ones, "All the Pretty Little Horses," "Hush Little Baby Don't Say a Word," as well as "Rockabye Sweet Baby James." But one night when I ran out of ideas, he said, 'Sing "Haul 'em Away."' This is a fairly bawdy sea song he had heard at our song circle when he was supposed to be sleeping. We had a friend who was a newborn intensive care nurse. She said that at least one baby in her care would always fall asleep to "Friggin' in the Riggin'".


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Bert
Date: 08 Oct 97 - 08:39 AM

Jon,

The version I sent you in a private message was EXACTLY the same cut and paste that I put in the thread. I don't know why they came out different.

It was supposed to be kinda ABC but I have great difficulty with the timing. I don't really know how I sing it myself. It just happens.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could have some buttons out in that unused space to the right here. Just hit on the note and it inserts it into the thread.

Don't tell Max though, I'm sure he's busy enough as it is just trying to earn a living.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: vicki graham
Date: 09 Oct 97 - 12:40 AM

Does anyone know where I can find this lullaby? I thought it was the most beautiful lullaby I had ever heard as a child. I'm not sure of some of the words but it goes something like this: Oh, my baby, my curly-headed baby, Your daddy's in the cotton field a workin' all the day (repeat) for his PAY Do you want the moon to play with? Or the stars to run away with? They'll come if you don't cry. So a lulla, lulla, lulla , lulla, bye now In your mammy's arms a layin And soon you'll be a sleepin' So a lulla, lulla, lulla, lulla, bye.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: Wolfgang Hell
Date: 13 Oct 97 - 10:41 AM

Other recordings of "The Gartan Mother's Lullaby: Joe and Antoinette McKenna; High Kings of Tara on "Rigs of the time".


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land
From: GUEST,ruthvanherk@yahoo.com.au
Date: 23 Nov 02 - 05:26 AM

I too heard this lullaby as a child. - My father sand it to all his 19 grandchildren. It has now been sung through three generations of children - in Australia!!! a far cry from the deep southern American cottonfields and slave singers of yesteryear. Just recently on a Classical Music Station in Sydney, Australia, I heard Paul Robson singing quite a lovely version of this song. I'm sure I could find out details and record numbers if you are interested.
Sincerely - Ruth van Herk.


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Subject: RE: Lullabye Land (songs)
From: Mudlark
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 02:02 AM

Lullabyes are among my most favorite songs. John O'Dreams has already been mentioned; some other favorites:

Wynken, Blynken and Nod
Dance to Your Daddy
Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day
Skye Boat Song
Hobo's Lullaby
That Sly Old Gentleman from Featherbed Lane.

I'd love to hear the Gartan Mother's Lullaby--the words are wonderful.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs)
From: GUEST,flickeringshadows@hotmail.com
Date: 28 Mar 06 - 04:11 AM

hi everyone,

I'm trying to track down a lullaby from my childhood (not that long ago really, im only 20) but I can only remember the first line.

Rest your head, my babe, my darling, lulla lullaby....

please help..


yours sincerely,

Orpheus


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs)
From: GUEST,Sarah
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 09:13 PM

Orpheus,
Did you ever find out what the song was? Was that song from a cassette tape that was personalized to you? I'm the same age as you and I had a tape, but I can't find a lot of info on them and I was wondering if you were more successful than I have been at finding information?


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Sep 08 - 10:18 PM

I'm also trying to track down a lullaby, i havve to say i don't remeber anythign about it other than it sounds sort of sad and it has a few lines something like

'whisper to the wind and hum a little tune,'
or maybe 'listen to the wind'
but the listen part could have been 'listen to the loon cry,'

i'm sorry to say i cannot for hte life of me rember it properly, and i'm really trying to find out what it is, i have the tune stuck in my head, and cannot get it out, and i think i'll get it out if i can remeber the name, the songss been stuck in my head for six months, and i'm starting to wonder if i made it up even thoguh i know my music teacher taught it to everyone in my third grade class, i'm only a junior, so it wasn't that long ago.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs)
From: Timo_Tuokkola
Date: 27 Sep 08 - 07:35 AM

Morningtown Ride has always been one of my favourites.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Krissy
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 08:55 AM

Trying to find the lyrics to a lyllaby that my mom use to sing to me... that her mom use to sing to her... We called it Blanket Bay but I'm not sure that is the proper name. The chorus is something like:

All aboard for Blanket Bay
Won't come home til the break of day
Roll him around in his little white sheet
Til you cant see his little bare feet
Then I'll tuck him up in his trundle bed
All abooard little sleepy head
God Bless Mommy and Daddy and sail away
All aboard for Blanket Bay


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALL ABOARD FOR BLANKET BAY
From: Joe_F
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 10:09 PM

Krissy: I managed to find an advertisement for it on the Web, which reproduced the first page. Here it is as far as that goes:

All Aboard for Blanket Bay
Words by Andrew B. Sterling
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Copyright 1910

There's a ship sails away
At the close of each day,
Sails away to the land of dreams.
Mamma's little Boy Blue
Is the captain and crew
Of this wonderful ship
Called The White Pillow Slip.
When the day's play is o'er,
And the toys on the floor
Cast aside by a little brown hand,
Mamma hugs him up tight,
Papa whispers "Goodnight,
Little sailor boy, sail into sweet slumberland."

All aboard for Blanket Bay.
Won't come back till the break of day.
Roll him round in his little white sheet
Till you can't see his little bare feet.
Then you tuck him up in his...

I remember the rest as

...nice clean bed.
Ship ahoy, little sleepyhead.
Bless Mommy and Daddy and sail away.
All aboard for Blanket Bay.

My mother sang it too. It was a point of perversity for me & my brother to scramble to get our feet out from under the covers during the line "So you can't see his little bare feet" and to insert "and Joey and Jonny" after "Bless Mommy and Daddy".

Another lullaby based on the same metaphor is in the Pankakes' book:

Sail, Baby, Sail

Words by Alice C. D. Riley
1899

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,
Her line a silver moonbeam is,
Her bait a silver star.

    Sail, baby, sail...


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 12:49 AM

I also had a personalized audio cassette tape of lullabies (I think it was a mail in gift from huggies or something) and I'm trying to track down any info about it...

Some of the lyrics were:
It's time to go to dreamland once again
and sail beside the rainbow till the end
I’ll be with you
The whole night through
And welcome the morning sun.

I can't remember much of the rest.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Bel
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 09:24 PM

i know what huggies tape you're talking about! i have one with my name in it. i'm trying to find it and remember all the songs.. so far all i remember is

And they'll all be there
............
Leo the lion, and the lioness.
and the tortoise and the hair

And then one by one,
we'll say thankyou to the sun

And greet the moon, cuz very soon
we'll be fading away.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHO NOW WILL SING ME LULLABIES (K Rusby)
From: quokka
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 10:29 PM

Who Now Will Sing Me Lullabies - Kate Rusby (from the album 'Little Lights')

Lay me down gently, lay me down low,
I fear I am broken and won't mend, I know.
One thing I ask when the stars light the skies,
Who now will sing me lullabies,
Oh who now will sing me lullabies.

In this big world I'm lonely, for I am but small,
Oh angels in heaven, don't you care for me at all?
You heard my heart breaking for it rang through the skies,
So why don't you sing me lullabies,
Oh why don't you sing me lullabies.

I lay here; I'm weeping for the stars they have come,
I lay here not sleeping; now the long night has begun.
The man in the moon, oh he can't help but cry,
For there's no one to sing me lullabies,
Oh there's no one to sing me lullabies.

So lay me down gently, oh lay me down low,
I fear I am broken and won't mend, I know .
One thing I ask when the stars light the skies,
Who now will sing me lullabies,
Oh who now will sing me lullabies.

Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me to sleep


Cheers,

Quokka


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Crystal
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 03:53 AM

You guys are all talking about the Huggies tape!! I have it!!!! And it still works! I'm 21 and still use it!! :) personalized :) I could probably type up the lyrics and post them but that doesnt do much, I cannot find anything about them...I really want another one cuz mine is getting old and used :(


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 04:24 AM

Suo Gan


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Betty Smith
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 08:53 PM

My grandmother used to sing me to sleep with a lullaby that had these words Tralalalalalala, Would you like the moon to play with? ,or the stars to run away with? Theys acoming ,Don't you cry. It ended with Tralalalalalalalullaby. DOes any one know this?


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 03:18 AM

Hey will someone with the huggies tape please type out the lyrics and send them to me at:

beaner0522@yahoo.com

thank you!!!


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Kimberly
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 03:50 AM

When I go home for Spring Break I will listen to my CD that my Dad recorded the song from the Huggies tape onto, and try to sit down and type out all the lyrics...Actually, I think the tape has a little booklet with the lyrics, so, if I can read the tiny writing, I will do it that way....Or at least try to...I have a lot of homework, but, I will eventually put the lyrics on here ;)


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 09:40 PM

i still listen to the tape and i sing it to my daughter with her name of course this is from memory so bare with me
jennifer
jennifer...
come now jennifer come to bed close your eyes lay your weary head on the pillow. A fairy princess came to me, and said theres something you should see tonight in your dreams so jennifer tie your wings. and sail away to neverland where jack and jill and peter pan will be waiting for you. I dont know, but ive been told. its a land of only children of two or three, just wait and see. After such a busy day it that time youll be on your way to dream land. Now your heart is pure and gay and youll grow up far away to never be young again never be young again. before you know youve been awake the sun will bring you a brand new day through your window. And all the things your eyes will see. and all youll do and all you be is awaiting you so if i were you.. id sleep... sleep.... sleeep


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Subject: HUGGIES/PLAYSKOOL LULLABIES
From: GUEST,Kimberly Edmonds
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 02:02 AM

HUGGIES/PLAYSKOOL LULLABIES:
Clearly, where the name Kimberly is, that is just because it was personalized for me. So, for each person it would be a different name. But, here are the lyrics.

1) What a day you've had, Kimberly my child. Full of fun and games, Kimberly my child. And all those moments in your day, make you who you are, Little Kimberly, my child. See the stars above, one shines on you. You can feel the light, oh warm goodnight. And when you close your eyes to sleep, your star shines so bright, Through the night. It's time to go to Dreamland, once again, And sail beside the rainbow, to the end. I'll be with you, the whole night through, and welcome the morning sun. What a day you've had, Kimberly my child. Full of fun and games, Kimberly my child. It's time to go to Dreamland, once again, And sail beside the rainbow, to the end. I'll be with you, the whole night the through, and welcome the morning sun. I'll be with you, the whole night through, so Kimberly, let's say, goodnight. Goodnight Kimberly.

2) Kimberly, Kimberly, It's time for bed now. Kimberly, come along now. Little Kimberly come to bed, close your eyes, lay your weary head, on the pillow. A Fairy Princess came to me, and said there's something you should see tonight in your dreams, so Kimberly tie your wings. And sail away, to Neverland, where Jack and Jill, and Peter Pan will be waiting for you. I don't know but I've been told, it's a land of children never older than two or three, just wait and see. After such a busy day, it's high time you were on your way to dreamland. Now your heart is pure and gay, but you'll grow up and far away, to never be young again, never be young again. Before you know you've been our way, the sun will bring you a brand new day, through your window. And all the things your eyes will see, and all you'll do and all you'll be is awaiting you, so if I were you, I'd sleep, sleep, sleep. Kimberly, close your eyes now.

3) There comes a time in every day, when Mother Nature has to say, goodnight, goodnight, goodnight. All her children need their sleep, their tender souls the Lord will keep, tonight, tonight, tonight. So Kimberly close your eyes, and drift away. And journey down to sleepy town, the moon will light the way. And they'll all be there, Benny Badger and the Bear, Leo Lion and the Lioness and the Tortoise and the Hare. And then one by one, we'll say thank you to the sun, and greet the moon, cause very soon, you'll be fading away. Hear the wind, it whispers soft and low, Kimberly climb aboard, and off we go, tonight, tonight, tonight. The waves roll gently on the sea, the voices singing quietly, goodnight, goodnight, goodnight. And as the stars climb high into the sky, the children of the world will dream, so Kimberly don't you cry. Cause they'll all be there, Benny Badger and the Bear, Leo Lion and the Lioness, the Tortoise and the Hare. And then one by one, we'll say thank you to the sun, and greet the moon, cause very soon, you'll be fading away. Hear the birds sing, goodnight, hear the kittens say goodnight, hear the wind say goodnight, goodnight. Sweet dreams Kimberly.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Jessica
Date: 18 Apr 10 - 03:18 AM

HUGGIES/PLAYSKOOL LULLABIES:
I had an unfortunate event happen just within the last couple of years. My music player went crazy and ate my tape inside. This tape was the same Huggies/Playskool Lullabies mentioned above, but for me-Jessica. I had been planning on taking it in to get transferred to CDs just to have copies to be safe, but I never got in.

This tape means the world to me. I'm going off to college and yet it still holds some of the clearest and best memories in it. I have been searching for the last two years for this tape in any form with no luck.

If ANYONE can help me, you have no idea how appreciative I would be. I am willing to purchase it from anywhere or purchase a copy of the Jessica version from anyone. I just dearly want that music back.

Thank you for any help!!!


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,a Mom
Date: 12 Sep 10 - 10:52 PM

Aw, Jessica. I wish I could help. I have these tapes for all 3 of my daughters. None of which are named Jessica.
I am in the process of recording them on CD for this very reason.
My youngest used to think it was her Daddy singing on the tape. So sweet.....obviously has never really heard him sing! lol


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 12:22 AM

Does anyone have a copy of the Huggies personalized lullabye tape with the name Christina? I lost mine right before going to college :(


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Subject: Huggies Tape of Lullabies
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 11:57 PM

I ordered that tape for my son nearly 23 years ago! I have the cover, but the tape went missing. I loved it. His name is Coy, and I remember the singer whispered his name..."Coo-oyyy. COOYYYYEEE..." He fell asleep to it every night! The tape was make by Playskool if I remember correctly, offered with the diaper proofs-of-purchase. I have wanted to replace it, and also order more to give as gifts, but I'm sure they no longer make them (per search on PlaySkool's website). It possibly could have been Fischer-Price, but I have searched for it that way, too. I am going to dig out that cover & I'll post the tracks.


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Subject: RE: Huggies Tape
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Dec 10 - 11:55 PM

If anyone could send me a digital copy of the huggies tape, doesn't matter what the name is, I would forever be grateful. Or if anyone could send me a copy in the mail. It's crazy how many people cherish this tape but yet it is impossible to get a hold of.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,DAWN
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 12:28 AM

I also had an unfortunate accident with my Huggies tape. I listened to it into my adulthood as well and adored it. I'm 23 and I lost it a couple of years ago when my CD/tape player got stolen. :( My name is DAWN. I am begging you, I want that tape back so bad.. If you have one, my email address is DarkgirlDD@aol.com Thank you. :)


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 08:10 AM

I see a couple have already mentioned Gartan MOther's Lullaby, one of my favourite songs to perform. but I've always felt it a rather scary song for kids, maybe doing Luke Kelly's version makes it sound a bit darker and more serious!


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 11:37 PM

I still have my tape...it's lasted 23 years and I play it for my niece and nephew occasionally when they spend the night. I would be so sad if my cassette were ruined, so if I ever transfer it to a digital file I will email it to those of you who asked for it...sadly I don't have the same name as any of you who have already posted; mine is Anna.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: Jess A
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 11:38 AM

Various posts above (although fairly old ones...!) have asked about a partially remembered lullaby including the words 'Would you like the moon to play with? or the stars to run away with?'

These actually form the chorus of 'Ma Curly Headed Babby' by George H Clutsam (1866 - 1951), popularised by Paul Robeson in the 1920s/30s.

The words as I know them (learnt as a child from my mum, who learnt them as a child from her parents) are:

Lulla lulla lulla lulla bye bye,
Do you want the moon to play with?
Or the stars to run away with?
They'll come if you don't cry.
Lulla lulla lulla lulla bye bye,
In mummy's arms a-creeping,
Sonn you'll be a sleeping,
Lulla lulla lulla lulla bye.

I only know the chorus, though a quick google search would find the verses too.

Part of the reason I know the background is because I've recently recorded & released a CD of nursery songs, rhymes and lullabies, and this one is on it! See http://www.arrowsmithmusic.co.uk for details.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Susan
Date: 13 Feb 11 - 03:18 AM

I grew up listening to the Huggies/Playskool Lullabies tape. I had no clue what it was until just now when I googled some of the lyrics though. When I was really little, I even thought it was my dad. Anyway, I thought I had lost that tape....

Today, my family gathered to celebrate my 23rd birthday. As we were leaving the restaurant, my dad walked up to my car and handed me a cd with my name on it and told me to play it on the way home. As soon as it started playing, I started sobbing like a baby (to my boyfriend's surprise and confusion). Being tucked into bed while that tape played is one of the most important memories in the world to me, and it means even more than my dad will ever know. That he would do that meant the world to me. I might be an adult now, but I will always be my parents' baby girl.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Paul
Date: 20 Apr 11 - 08:58 AM

Hi Susan.

I played that tape for my son Paul, who's now 23 and I wish I had the tune to the Dreamland song. Do you think you can send a audio file to my email? I would appreciate it very much. You can't get any info on it except the lyrics. I tried to no avail.

Thanks.
Paul
pjfmusicman@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: saulgoldie
Date: 20 Apr 11 - 01:15 PM

This one hasn't been mentioned. Easy chords that I never transcribed, since I knew them:

        PONY MAN
By Gordon Lightfoot


(first & last)
When it's midnight on the meadow and the cats are in the shed,

And the river tells a story at the window by my bed;

If you listen very closely, be as quiet as you can,

In the yard you'll hear him, he is the Pony Man.


We're always there to great him when he tumbles into town,
He leads a string of ponies, some are white and some are brown.
And they never seem to kick or bite, they only want to play,
And they live on candy apples instead of oats and hay.


And when we are assembled, he gives us our command,
And we climb aboard our ponies as in a row they stand.
Then down the road we gallop and across the field we fly,
And soon we all go sailing off into the midnight sky.

And as we gaily walk along beside a ripplin' sea,
There's Tom and Dick and Sally, and Mary Jo and me,
And the Pony Man is leading cause he's traveled here before,
And a give a whoop and holler at Mister Moon's front door.

And then we stop to rest awhile where the soda river glides,
Up to the slip come the pirate ship to take us for a ride.
And the Pony Man's the captain and the children are the crew,
And we go in search of treasure and laugh the whole night through.

And when the hold is filled with gold, and the sailors begin to stray,
And the Deck's piled high with apple pie, we head for port again.
And down the whirling starcase, so swift our ponies fly,
And we're safely in our beds again when the sunbeams kiss the sky.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 May 11 - 08:53 PM

I JUST (now, on May 8) turned on my Huggies tape for the first time in over 10 years. I am now 23, as are many of you Huggies-Tape-Lovers. I recorded myself singing (I am not a professional singer- duh) to my little boy. I also got all teary. And I remembered almost all the words.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzHBIrASMgU&feature=channel_video_title


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 11:28 AM

I had the same tape and it had my name in it! The tape doesn't work so well anymore, but I listened to that every night when I went to sleep. It's funny that you can only remember the same lyrics that I can. I can't remember any more than that.


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Jess
Date: 08 Apr 12 - 02:06 AM

Hi everyone,
I'm not sure how many people will actually see this, but I finally got my Huggies/Playskool tape fixed and converted to CD. Although it's a little scratchy (particularly at the beginning), if anyone wants the audio file, I'd be glad to send it.

It is under my name, Jessica, but i know some people just wanted any name. You can e-mail me at jessie_linn@yahoo.com and PLEASE put "Huggies/Playskool Tape" as the subject so I don't think it's spam.

I'll try and get around to looking at all the e-mail addresses posted here who wanted a copy these past few years and send it out to them too. Love having my music back :)


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: Bert
Date: 08 Apr 12 - 10:27 AM

If you are singing someone to sleep, a song that almost always works is "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" I know it isn't a lullaby but the babies don't seem to mind and if you sing it quietly and slowly they are asleep before you have finished.

If you have a baby that has a real problem dropping off then you might try Terry Woodford's wonderful heartbeat lullabyes here


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,Jaymee Jo
Date: 14 Jul 12 - 06:43 AM

I'm. 24 years old and I still remember telling this tape to ne quiet because it would wake me by saying my name over and over.

I now have little children of my own and would love nothing more than to either have the lyrics sent to me or even a copy of the tape. CD or cassette doesn't matter if you or would be willing to help please email me for further info at
JaymeeStar1111@Gmail.com
Please and thank you all


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST,molly h.
Date: 21 Aug 12 - 11:50 PM

that one is called greet the moon
"there comes a time, in everday, when mother nature has to say, good night, good night, good niiight..."
is that how it starts?


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Subject: RE: Lullaby Land (songs posted here)
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jul 13 - 04:18 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFn3TZE3KnE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)
From: GUEST,MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 29 Nov 13 - 12:40 AM

So for my first post on here in months, I decided to post a lullaby I'm surprised no-one has posted here yet. It's from Billy Joel's River of Dreams album and was written for his daughter when his second marriage was failing. She asked him "What happens when people die?" but was actually asking whether she'd see her father again after her parents divorced. Billy wrote this song to answer his daughter's question and as an expression of his love for her.

I love it not only because I'm an unashamed Billy Joel fan but because it's such a good lullaby and gives me warm fuzzy feelings. It's got a lovely tune too.

Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)"

Words and Music by Billy Joel
From River of Dreams (1993)

Goodnight, my angel
Time to close your eyes
And save these questions for another day
I think I know what you've been asking me
I think you know what I've been trying to say
I promised I would never leave you
And you should always know
Wherever you may go
No matter where you are
I never will be far away

Goodnight, my angel
Now it's time to sleep
And still so many things I want to say
Remember all the songs you sang for me
When we went sailing on an emerald bay
And like a boat out on the ocean
I'm rocking you to sleep
The water's dark
And deep inside this ancient heart
You'll always be a part of me

Goodnight, my angel
Now it's time to dream
And dream how wonderful your life will be
Someday your child may cry
And if you sing this lullabye
Then in your heart
There will always be a part of me

Someday we'll all be gone
But lullabyes go on and on...
They never die
That's how you
And I
Will be


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