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Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs

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Subject: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,moongoddess
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 10:52 AM

I am putting together a CD for my grandson (one year old) and would like to include some favorite lullabies and children's songs. So far, I have "Prairie Lullaby" from a dear long-time friend, and "You are My Sunshine". Oh, and "Waltzing with Bears", of course. Thanks much!


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 11:17 AM

The "Lullabies" section of _Rise Up Singing_ includes many good candidates. (Skip over "Abide with Me" & "Goodnight Irene" -- whoever classified the songs in _RUS_ sometimes failed to read them all the way thru.)

The first lullaby I heard was "Rozhenkes mit Mandeln"; my mother studied it in the hospital while waiting for me.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: A science is only a well-made language. :||


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: MMario
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 11:28 AM

take a look at the playlist for the blue bottle special

Which is a good bargain in itself!


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: clueless don
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 12:05 PM

I'll cast a vote for one.

My daughter has a tape which I believe is titled "Favorite Children's Songs", or something like that. It consists of various songs, some of which I know well ("I've been workin' on the railroad", "This Old Man", et al.) and others that I hadn't heard before. One of the new ones (to me) was a lullaby. The lyrics being:

The stars are out, the moon is up
it's time to go to bed.
I'm so glad you have a place
to lay your sleepy head.
Have a deep and peaceful sleep.
Dream away the hours.
When you wake, the sun will rise
to smile upon the flowers.
Go to sleep, my little friend
beneath the evening star.
You will always have a friend
no matter where you are.

This lullaby isn't for everyone, I would guess (many might consider it "saccharine"), but it touched me, and I still sing it to my now nine year-old daughter (I usually sing "my little *one*" rather than "my little friend" when singing it to her.)

This tape was produced by Disney, and the same singer performs all of the songs. If I get a chance, I will try to dig it up and get more information.

Don


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: Paul Burke
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 12:25 PM

I used to sing the Kinks' Wonder Boy to Tom when he was that age (really over 20 years ago?):

Wonder boy, life's just begun.
Turn your sorrow into wonder
Dream alone, don't sigh, don't groan
Life is only what you wonder.
Day is as light as your brightest dreams,
Night is as dark as you feel it ought to be.
Time is as fast as the slowest thing,
Life is only...

Wonder boy,
Wonder boy.
Everybody is looking for the sun.
People strain their eyes to see,
But I see you and you see me,
And ain't that wonder?

Wonder boy, some mother's son,
Life is full of work and plunder[?].
Easy go, life is not real,
Life is only what you conjure.

Wonder boy,
And the world is joy, every single day.
It's the real McCoy,
Wonder boy.
Everybody is looking for the sun.
People strain their eyes to see,
But I see you and you see me,
And ain't that wonder?

Wonder boy, some mother's son,
Turn your sorrow into wonder
Dream alone, go have your fun.
Life is only...
Life is only...
Life is only...


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,moongoddess
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 02:09 PM

Many thanks for the suggestions. I know many children's songs, but songs that have a special meaning would be the ones I'd like to sing and play for my grandson. "Hush Little Baby, Don't Say a Word" was my daughter's favorite along with "Swim, Swim, Swimmy I Swim".
    Keep 'em coming, folks!


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: MissouriMud
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 02:27 PM

Simlar to Hush Little Baby is Say Darling Say - different tune with many of the same verses.   Hobo's Lullaby is nice although the verse about the police could be omitted I suppose if there was concern that it might may be confusing to kids.   James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" was always a favorite of mine to sing as a lullaby, although I usually only did the first verse - if the child is young enough they dont ask questions about the "thinking about women and glasses of beer" line.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: Wesley S
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 02:39 PM

Hobo's Lullaby is one I still sing to my four year old. And even tho it isn't considered a childens song I used to sing "My Creole Belle" also.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: frogprince
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 04:13 PM

Looked in the D.T., and googled, but couldn't find one I have heard by Rosalee Sorrels that goes "At the gates of heaven, they sell shoes for the angels; little barefoot angels, come and buy, come and buy." Just stunning, IMO.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: black walnut
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 04:26 PM

I love Chatter with the Angels,
Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley,
If I Could Have a Windmill,
Mama's Gonna Buy Me a Little Lap Dog,
and a zillion others.

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: PoppaGator
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 04:28 PM

If you like "My Creole Belle," you'll probably also like Mississippi John Hurt's one and only true "chirrun's song," C-H-I-C-K-E-N, discussed to death in this thread.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 07:35 AM

Daddy Fox.
Grey Goose.
Over the Hills.
Dance to Your Daddy.
Froggy Went a-Courtin' (also known as the Frog's Wedding).
Goodnight Little Arlo, Goodnight.
Hey Diddle Diddle.
The Tailor and the Mouse.
The World Turned Upside Down.
There's a Hole in My Bucket.
Drunken Sailor.
Blow the Man Down.
Malbruck Has Gone to the War.
The Sow Took the Measles.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: clueless don
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 09:21 AM

Following up on my post of 25 Aug 05 - 12:05 PM:

The tape is titled "Children's Favorite Songs, Vol. 1", 1979 by Walt Disney Records. Performed by Larry Groce & the Disneyland Children's Sing-Along Chorus. It has 25 songs. 21 are standards, one is "The Hokey-Pokey", and three are originals by Groce. One of those originals is "Friends Lullaby", whose lyrics I posted before.

A brief sound sample is available at this site:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000001M6D/002-5301304-3304049?v=glance

Don


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,Wherriebob
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 09:22 AM

Coorie Doon by Matt McGinn (melody is on DT)
                               Chorus :
                               Coorie doon, Coorie doon, Coorie Doon, my darling,
                               Coorie doon the day.

                               Lie doon, my dear, and in your ear,
                               To help you close your eye,
                               I'll sing a song, a slumber song,
                               A miner's lullaby.

                               Your daddy's doon the mine my darling,
                               Doon in the Curbly Main,
                               Your daddy's howkin' coal my darling,
                               For his ain wee wean.

                               There's darkness doon the mine my darling,
                               Darkness, dust and damp,
                               But we must have oor heat, oor light,
                               Oor fire and our lamp.

                               Your daddy coories doon my darling,
                               Doon in a three foot seam,
                               So you can coorie doon my darling,
                               Coorie doon and dream.

Another favourite Scots Lullaby is "Ally Ally Ally Bally Bee"

When our children were young they absolutely loved Pete Seeger's recitation of the Giant tale "Abby YoYo"


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 09:41 AM

Aiken Drum.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,Wherriebob
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 09:55 AM

ABIYOYO
Story by Pete Seeger
traditional African music arranged by Rev. HCN Williams and JN Maselwa

Chorus:
Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo
Abiyoyo, yoyoyo, yoyoyo

Once upon a time there was a little boy who
played the ukelele. He'd go around town,
'Blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp,
bImp blmp blmp, blmp blmp, blmp!'
Grown-ups said "Get that thing out of here!"

Not only that, the boy's father was a gettin'
in trouble. He was a magician. He had a
magic wand. He could go 'Zoop! Zoop!' make
things disappear. But the father played too
many tricks on people. Somebody doing a
hard job of work, 'zzt, zzt, zzt', up comes the
father with his magic wand, 'Zoop!' no saw.
Come to someone about to drink a nice cold
glass of something, 'Zoop!' the glass
disappears, He'd come to someone about
to sit down after a hard day's work, 'Zoopl'
no chair.

People said to the father, "You get out
of here, too. Take your magic wand and
your son!" The boy and his father were
ostracized. That means they made them
live on the edge of town.

Now in this town they used to tell stories.
The old people used to tell stories about
the giants that lived in the old days They
used to tell a story about a giant called
Abiyoyo. They said he was as tall as a
house and could eat...people... up.
Of course, nobody believed it, but they
told the story anyway.

One day, one day, the sun rose, blood red
over the hill. And the first people got up
and looked out of their window, they saw a
great big shadow in front of the sun. And
they could feel the whole ground shake.
'Stomp, stomp'. Women screamed, 'Ahh!'
Strong men fainted "Ohh!" - "Run for
your lives! Abiyoyo's coming!"

He came to the sheep pasture, grabs a
whole sheep, 'Yeowp!' Comes to the cow
pasture, grabs a whole cow, 'Yeowp!'
Daniel, "Grab your most precious
possessions and run! Run!" Just then the
boy and his father woke up "Hey, Paw,
what's coming over the field?" - Oh, Son,
that's Abiyoyo. Oh, if I could only get him
to lie down, I could make him disappear."

The boy said "Come with me, Father." He
grabs his father by one hand. The father
gets the magic wand, the boy gets the
ukelele. They run across the field. People
yelled, "Don't go near him! He'll eat you
alive!" There was Abiyoyo. He had long
fingernails cause he never cut 'em.
Slobbery teeth, cause he didn't brush
them. Stinking feet, 'cause he didn't wash
'em. He raised up with his claws, the boy
whips out his ukelele and starts to sing.

Chorus

Well, you know the giant had never heard a song
about himself before, and a foolish grin spread
over the giant's face. And the giant started to
dance "Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo," the boy
went faster, "Abiyoyo, yoyoyo, yoyoyo. Abiyoyo,
Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo," The giant
got out of breath. He staggered. He fell down flat
on the ground 'Zoop!, Zoop!' people looked out
the window, Abiyoyo disappeared.

They ran across the fields. They lifted the boy
and his father up on their shoulders. They said,
"Come back to town. Bring your damn ukelele,
we don t care anymore!" And they all sang:

Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo
(Oh, you sing it with me,)
Abiyoyo Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo

©1963,1964 (Renewed) Fall River Music, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: KT
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 10:50 AM

I love "The Castle of Dromore," especially the last verse.

"Take time to thrive, my ray of hope, in the garden of Dromore.
Take heed, young eaglet, 'til thy wings are feathered, fit to soar.
A little rest, and then the world is full of work to do.
A little rest, and then the world is full of work to do ."

I sang it at my regular gig, to my son when he was about to leave for college.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: frogprince
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 02:31 PM

Melvina Reynold's "Magic Penny".


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 02:46 PM

I've always sung the first verse of Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" to my grandson, it always calmed him and he'd ask me to sing it over and over....

A candy colored clown they call the Sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
Go to sleep, everything is allright.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 02:50 PM

Oh, and sometimes I'd add the next verse too, it's not all that 'romantic'....

I close my eyes, then I drift away
Into the magic night, I softly say
A silent prayer, like dreamers do,
Then I fall asleep to dream
My dreams of you.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 06:04 PM

My own Son is 4+1/5, and our treat at night is for Dad to sing him some songs, this has being only going on now a few months.

His favourite I'm afraid to say is 'Whiskey in the Jar' - I'm already corrupting him.

All in all he has his repertoire of about 6 songs that he sings the words to me.

Two little boys
Spanish Lady
Rattling Bog - a particular fav. of his is this one
Dublin's fair city
Whiskey in the Jar - His constant request
Puff the magic dragon

I know they might not exactly be lullabies - but he gets great fun from them.Yet when signing them during the day - our 18 mth old daughter always stops what she's doing to listen...maybe they are OK ??
Beyond that Dad's own repertoire is exceptionally limited anyway !
But 'Summertime' 'Silent night' or 'The little drummer boy' make their occassional sounds...

Rgds

Diesel


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: diesel
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 06:05 PM

Oops - that last one was me - Now I'm logged again !

D..


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: Bainbo
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 06:46 PM

I've been keeping my nephews, aged three and five, highly amused by teaching them a song I heard from Jim Couza. But a work colleague from Kent, UK, also reckons he heard it from an aunt of his.

When I was just a wee, wee tot
They took me from my wee, wee cot
And put me on my wee, wee pot
To see if I would wee or not

And when they saw that I would not
They took me off my wee, wee pot
And put me in my wee, wee cot
And there I wee-weed quite a lot


The appeal for kids is obvious!


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 27 Aug 05 - 03:59 PM

moongoddess, there is a similar thread here. A list of threads will soon be at the top of this thread, (not sure how they do that), but in the meantime, this should keep you busy.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: akenaton
Date: 27 Aug 05 - 04:41 PM

"John o' dreams" ............Garnet Rogers

"Garton mothers lullaby".............Lorna Campbell


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: van lingle
Date: 28 Aug 05 - 04:50 AM

"Green Rocky Road", "Tennesee Waltz" and "Jock O'Hazeldean" all make good lullabyes, the latter two in spite of their adult subject matter.
Gary Davis' "Candy Man" goes over well with kids especially if you throw in some funny voices a la Dave Van Ronk.
Also Woody Guthries' "Take You riding in my car" "I'm gonna write myself a letter" (those are the first lines if not the titles) which are probably in the DT.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,Joe McDonogh
Date: 22 Jun 10 - 08:32 AM

Beautiful new modern lullaby:

http://www.normanhedgehog.com/#/the-hedgehog-lullaby/3523506


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lullabies and Children's Songs
From: GUEST,Big Ballad Singer
Date: 22 Jun 10 - 11:07 AM

Hobo's Lullaby - Woody Guthrie
Aiken Drum (Scottish folk song)
The Gypsy Rover


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