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Lyr Req: Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (J Rodgers)

JVZ 26 Mar 99 - 08:18 PM
Gene 26 Mar 99 - 09:57 PM
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Subject: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: JVZ
Date: 26 Mar 99 - 08:18 PM

I'm still trying to make that tape for Father's Day of "Songs My Dad Used To Sing" and I could use some help. I think that this one is a Jimmie Rodgers song but I couldn't swear it. I have a recording Dad made about 50 years ago. I was doing a duet with him. (I had the part of one of the babies) Between my crying and the static on the old homemade record, I can't make out the words. Dad hardly ever misses an opportunity to tell the story of how I cried at just the right portions of the song, and I know it would mean a lot to him if I could include it on this tape for Father's Day. Thanks.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROCK ALL OUR BABIES TO SLEEP (J Rodgers)
From: Gene
Date: 26 Mar 99 - 09:57 PM


ROCK ALL OUR BABIES TO SLEEP
Words and music: Jimmie Rodgers

Show me the lady that never would roam
Away from her fireside at night
And never go roaming out after the boys
But would sit by her fireside so bright
My wife, she is one of the different kind
Often caused me a lot of grief
She's off from her home; she leaves me alone
To Rock All Our Babies To Sleep.

I remember one night when I came back home
I came in as quiet as a lamb
They must have had company for when I walked in
I heard the back door when it slammed
I walked right in and looked all around
I never thought that she would cheat
Without a doubt, she had just gone out
And left all our babies to sleep.

Just the other night while out for a walk
I happened to stroll down the street
And to my surprise, I saw with my eyes
My wife with a man of six feet
She says it's no harm; don't raise no alarm
Don't make any fuss on the street
She tickled my chin, told me to go in
And Rock All Our Babies To Sleep.


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From:
Date: 26 Mar 99 - 10:49 PM

Like many of these old songs, there are many versions. Do you have a good idea of which one your dad sang? This was apparently a popular song on old barn dance radio shows. One popular version that my dad used to sing started:

Now I'm just thirty-five and my dear little wife
Is just ten years younger than me;
She's full of enjoyment, has plenty of life
And she sometimes goes out on a spree.

Well, she leaves me behind all the kiddies to mind
And the house in good order to keep;
And then she will roam far away from our home
While I rock the babies to sleep.

If that is the version, I'll try to find the rest of the song.

Lyle


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: JVZ
Date: 27 Mar 99 - 12:01 AM

Yes, Lyle, I think that the version which my dad sang was the one that talked about her going out on a spree. If you could find the rest I'd appreciate it.

And thanks Gene for the Jimmie Rodgers version.

John


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: Rincon Roy
Date: 27 Mar 99 - 09:09 AM

Greg Brown does a nice version of this song, starting with "I was just 45..."


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: JVZ
Date: 27 Mar 99 - 09:24 AM

Sounds like Lyle's version sung a few years later. Who's Greg Brown?

John


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: JVZ
Date: 29 Mar 99 - 08:24 PM

Just moving this back up to the top in case Lyle has found the rest of those lyrics.

John


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: Lyle
Date: 29 Mar 99 - 11:19 PM

JVZ Nope, haven't found it yet. I've called my brother to see if he remembers, but he hasen't answered yet. I'm still looking, and hope to have it this week-end.

Lyle


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: JVZ
Date: 30 Mar 99 - 11:35 PM

I appreciate it.

John


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: JVZ
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 11:30 PM

Help! Anybody.


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: JVZ
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 07:06 PM

Anybody at all!!!


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Subject: RE: As I Rock Our Babies to Sleep-Lyrics Req
From: Philippa
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 02:02 PM

I don't know whether the American song is derived from the Irish/English "Rocking the Cradle" (at least two versions in the database), but it does tell the same story.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HUSH-A-BYE BABY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 07:40 AM

Found at GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador:

Hush-A-Bye, Baby

I'm sweet forty-five and my dear little wife,
She's twenty years younger than me;
She's fond of enjoyment and all sorts of fun,
She loves to go out on a spree.

CHORUS: Lawty, tauty, hush a my baby,
Hail, my baby grows so high;
Lawty, tauty, hush a my baby,
Mother will come to baby by 'n by.

One night as my baby lay silent in sleep,
I took a short stroll around the street,
And to my surprise my dear wife I spied,
Hugging a soldier sixteen.

####.... Author unknown ....####
Collected in 1960 from Peter Letto, Lance au Clair, NL, by MacEdward Leach, and published as #115 in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast, p.285, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (J Rodgers)
From: GUEST,Jeff
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 10:26 AM

JVZ

Greg Brown is a singer-songwriter from Iowa who's been on 'The Prairie Home Companion' several times. Has had songs covered by a myriad of artist's. Michael Johnson's version of 'Rooty Toot Toot For The Moon' may be his best known work. Dick Pinney recorded several of Greg's songs on a late 70's LP called 'Devil Take These Shiney Coins'. The best of those songs was/is one called 'Hacklebarney'. Greg, also has several releases filled w/great observations and dry wit. 'Too Many Records' and 'Uh-oh The Bozo's In Love Again' are 2 of my personal favorites.   Googlesearch: Greg Brown singer songwriter iowa and I'm sure you'll come up w/a ton of info.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (J Rodgers)
From: GUEST,GERRY HOLMES
Date: 10 Nov 12 - 08:16 PM

I've got a good wife the joy of my life
But once I was walking down street
And to my surprise I saw with my eyes
My wife with a guy of six feet

She said papa dear there s nothing to fear
You know that I never would cheat
Then she left me alone so I went on home
To rock all the babies to sleep

Rock, rock, rock, rock, rock all the babies to sleep

I came home from work quite early one night
And knocked on the door with my hand
The door opened wide as I walked inside
To hear the back door as it slammed

She said as she grinned that s only the wind
You know that I never would cheat
Then she left me alone
To rock all the babies to sleep

Rock, rock, rock, rock, rock all the babies to sleep

Each time she goes out I know there s no doubt
That all of the neighbors do peep
Though gossip they must in me she can trust
To rock all the babies to sleep

Rock, rock, rock, rock, rock all the babies to sleep


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROCK ALL THE BABIES TO SLEEP (V Horton)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 08:37 AM

From The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music by Jocelyn R. Neal (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009), page 92:

"Vaughn Horton's version, as published in Southern Peer's song plugger's notebook, 1970"


ROCK ALL THE BABIES TO SLEEP
Vaughn Horton

1. I've got a good wife, the joy of my life,
But once I was walkin' down street
And to my surprise, I saw with my eyes
My wife with a guy of six feet.
She said, "Papa dear, there's nothing to fear.
My cousin you really should meet."
Then she tickled my chin, said, "Honey, go in
And rock all the babies to sleep."

CHORUS: Rock, rock, rock, rock,
Rock all the babies to sleep.

2. I came home from work quite early one night,
And knocked on the door with my hand.
The door opened wide and I walked inside
To hear the back door as it slammed.
She said as she grinned, "That's only the wind.
You know that I never would cheat."
Then she answered the phone and left me alone
To rock all the babies to sleep.

3. One night she did go downtown to a show.
She said it was naughty but nice.
She came home at four and knocked on the door
And told me she sat through it twice.
Each time she goes out, I know there's no doubt
That all of our neighbors will peep.
Though gossip they must, in me she can trust
To rock all the babies to sleep.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (J Rodgers)
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 10:46 AM

Bert Lloyd reckoned this member of the 'Rocking the Baby' family dated to the 1860s. It would fit in with the amount of variation in oral versions and it being widespread. The family of songs on the same theme goes back at least to the 17th century with similar pieces on broadsides of that period. This note of Bert's comes from the sleeve notes to Mike Waterson's solo album on which he sings a variant 'The Charlady's Son'. Bert reckoned Mike's version from Mick Taylor was a cross between this one and the Irish song 'Rocking the Cradle' but I can't see any of the Irish song in Mike's version. The original first line seems to have been 'Oh show me the lady that never will roam' as given in Australian variant.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (J Rodgers)
From: GUEST,Peter Boddis
Date: 28 Dec 15 - 01:03 AM

Here is the similar song from my Lancashire Dad played on the piano and sung to us as children in 1943

I'm just 45 and got a dear wife,
who's just ten years younger than me
she's full of enjoyment and plenty of fun
and often goes out on the spree.

She leaves me behind the baby to mind
the house in good order to keep

The fire shining bright I'm singing all night
whilst rocking the baby to sleep.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (J Rodgers)
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 28 Nov 17 - 07:15 AM

I’m just forty-five I’ve got a dear wife, who's just ten years younger than me. She's full of enjoyment and plenty of fun and often goes out on the spree.

She leaves me behind the baby to mind, the house in good order to keep.

The fire shining bright I’m singing all night whilst rocking the baby to sleep.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (J Rodgers)
From: GUEST,CECELIA
Date: 04 Apr 18 - 06:01 PM

In Newfoundland my father called the song CHUCKY THE BABY and it had a refrain.The first verse went like this:                           
I'm scarce forty-five, my young little wife
is twenty years younger than me
She's fond of enjoyment and all kinds of fun
And likes to go out on a spree.
She left me behind, the babies to mind
The house in fine order to keep
With the fire shining bright, I'll stay home tonight
And rock all the babies to sleep.

The Refrain: To me lo ho ho ho Chucky the baby
Chucky the baby ever so high
To me lo ho ho ho Chucky the baby
Ma will be home love by and by.
   
   The other three verses are the same as Gene's mentioned above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock All Our Babies to Sleep (J Rodgers)
From: leeneia
Date: 04 Apr 18 - 09:51 PM

"all the babies"? Two sets of twins, or what?


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