Category Archives: Lullabies

Bye ‘n bye

A traditional lullaby from Texas (found in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s book, at the Cecil Sharp House archive). Bye ‘n bye, bye ‘n bye Stars shining, number one, number two Number three, number four Bye ‘n bye, Good Lord Good Lord … Continue reading

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Goodnight, my little baby girl

A lullaby I wrote before I even dreamt of the children I have now. From At home with Rhymetime 1 (the yellow CD) Goodnight my little baby girl It’s dark and growing still Close your eyes up tight, sleep well … Continue reading

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Oh dear, what can the matter be?

I must have sung a slower, calmer version of this one a thousand times to my own children when they were babies, lulling them back to calm. It works well sung fast too, as you skip along the path. From … Continue reading

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Down by the riverside

This morning I have a spiritual for you to sing in those moments when you’re looking for everyone to calm down a little, and find a moment or two of peace in the day. From At home with Rhymetime 1 … Continue reading

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Swing low

A wonderfully adaptable spiritual from the USA- you’ll know this one! Sing it softly and it’s a lullaby, sing it with gusto and march along. Use it! Swing low, sweet chariot Coming for to carry me home Swing low, sweet … Continue reading

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Fais dodo

A French lullaby. The lyrics date from 1800s, and dodo is a childish way of saying ‘dormor’ or ‘sleep’. Fais dodo, Colas mon petit frere Fais dodo, t’auras du lolo Mama est en haut Qui fais des gateaux Papa est … Continue reading

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Ah, poor bird

Two traditional canons from At home with Rhymetime 2. Sing them as your baby falls asleep. Rose, rose, rose rose Will I ever see thee wed Aye, marry that thou wilt If thou but stay Ah, poor bird Wing thy … Continue reading

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