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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 09:37 PM
Somewhere I read that a parent crooning to a baby may have been the first music created by humans. My mother always sang lullabies to my sister and me, and she and I sang the same ones to our children. Now my daughter sings them to my grandson Miles, as will the other women in the family, each in our own intimate way. Of course, we've each added our own. I added the James Taylor song "You Can Close Your Eyes," as did many of my generation, apparently . My Mom added Summertime from Porgy and Bess. Imagine when I first heard Janis do it, after I had only heard my mother croon it in the dark! And we've got one song passed down from my great grandmother, that I've never heard anywhere else.

But, it seems to me, lullabies are going out of style. Now there are all these baby music CDs to play in the nursery. The first thing I did when I came to stay with my daughter after Miles was born was to take out the Baby Einstein and put in Kind Of Blue.

I just learned a new song to sing for Miles--Bluebird by Emmylou Harris--and I actually put him to sleep in my arms with it! I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but there's something about singing a lullaby, with love and a whisper, that anyone can do.

What's your favorite?

 
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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 10:36 PM
Opeth - Death Whispered A Lullaby

Out on the road there are fireflies circling
Deep in the woods, where the lost souls hide
Over the hill there are men returning
Trying to find some peace of mind

Sleep my child

Under the fog there are shadows moving
Don't be afraid, hold my hand
Into the dark there are eyelids closing
Buried alive in the shifting sands

Sleep my child

Speak to me now and the world will crumble
Open a door and the moon will fall
All of your life, all your memories
Go to your dreams, forget it all

Sleep my child

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 10:51 PM
Wow. I just spent ten minutes reading about death growl vocals. Thanks, wotty.

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 08:27 PM
I'm still curious. Anybody else sing their babies to sleep? Or did somebody sing you to sleep when you were little? Obviously, I've been thinking a lot about music's place in our lives...

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 08:34 PM
I used to sing to my babies....and then my grandbabies. I sang children's songs, folk songs and songs I made up. But the one that really stuck was 'Me and Bobby McGee'. I must have rocked one of my babies to sleep a few hundred nights with that one!

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 09:01 PM
The two songs I sang to my daughter the most when she was a baby were:

House At Pooh Corner
and
Mon Cherie A'Mour

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 09:13 PM
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I used to sing to my babies....and then my grandbabies. I sang children's songs, folk songs and songs I made up. But the one that really stuck was 'Me and Bobby McGee'. I must have rocked one of my babies to sleep a few hundred nights with that one!


my grandma used to sing me to sleep with that one
- add that to the list of things me and bigann have in commen

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 09:15 PM
...sang my babies to sleep all the time or played good music,but softly with an emphasis on ballads...

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 09:20 PM
Ann, I swear, I never woulda thought of Bobby McGee! I don't think we ever got any "story" songs as lullabies, come to think of it...

Anybody got any good recommedations for baby music CDs? I'd really like a Dylan lullaby collection

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 10:11 PM
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I used to sing to my babies....and then my grandbabies. I sang children's songs, folk songs and songs I made up. But the one that really stuck was 'Me and Bobby McGee'. I must have rocked one of my babies to sleep a few hundred nights with that one!


my grandma used to sing me to sleep with that one
- add that to the list of things me and bigann have in commen


How could I ever really get upset with anyone who had 'Bobby McGee' sung to him by his grandma!

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 10:18 PM
I always sang The Circle Game to my son since he was a baby, I still sing it to him and now to my daughter.



Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star
Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like, when youre older, must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
Were captive on the carousel of time
We cant return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels thru the town
And they tell him,
Take your time, it wont be long now
Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
Were captive on the carousel of time
We cant return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
Therell be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
Were captive on the carousel of time
We cant return, we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game


[Edited on 4/30/2007 by dutchoneill]

 

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  posted on 4/30/2007 at 01:49 PM
Ok, most would not think of Patti Smith in conjunction with a lullaby but she has a lovely one on her Dream of Life CD and she sings it beautifully (Jackson is her 1st child with Fred Sonic Smith and I'm guessing this was written shortly after his birth) Here are the lyrics:

The Jackson Song

Little blue dreamer go to sleep
Let's close our eyes and call the deep
slumbering land that just begins
When day is done and little dreamers spin

First take my hand now let it go
Little blue boy you're on your own
Little blue wings as those feet fly
Little blue shoes that walk across the sky

May your path be your own
But I'm with you
And each day you'll grow
He'll be there too
And someday when you go
We'll follow you
As you go, as you go

Little blue star that offers light
Little blue bird that offers flight
Little blue path where those feet fall
Little blue dreamer won't you dream it all

Refrain

And in your travels you will see
Warrior wings remember Daddy
And if a mama bird you see
Folding her wings will you remember me
As you go, as you go
As you go, as you go


Another song which to me is a lullaby of sorts is Dylan's Forever Young - it's lyrics describe so well what I want for all of the young people I love... one of my favorite stanzas:

May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,

 

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