Saturday, July 01, 2023

Add to the beauty: Songs

I'm forever jotting down songs to sing to the babies in my life. When I am under pressure I sing a little song called playmate from the 40's.  Oddly, it is the number one song that is always on the tip of my tongue.  I have a tune that I add words to and ad lib.  It's not pretty but it's handy.
 'What'll I do" from the Great Gatsby once brought little Katie to tears.
 I can remember the words to "Many a New Day" from Oklahoma which makes a much better lullaby than OKLAHOMA or Poor Jud is Dead.

Yeah.  You're not getting anything normal around here.  haha

Who knows how long I've loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to, I will
For if I ever saw you
I didn't catch your name
But it never really mattered
I will always feel the same
Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we're together
Love you when we're apart
And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do endear you to me
You know I will
I will

~John and Paul

I happened upon I will
 this winter and find the chorus is easy to remember and pleasing to the babies and me.

I wanted to learn this lovely song by Billy Joel but forget it when it comes to lullaby time.  But perhaps one day I get it down.

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
Then 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 lullaby
Then in your heart there will always be a part of me
Someday we'll all be gone
But lullabies go on and on
They never die
That's how you and I will be

~Billy Joel

Baby Beluga is pretty sweet and special too.
Love our Raffi.

But darn it, when the pressures on I go blank.
I need a setlist taped to my forearm.

I only solo for the babies....and their lucky parents if they are in earshot.

Love you whenever we're together
Love you when we're apart.



  1. Anonymous10:35 PM

    Oh, Donna. I think it’s so sweet that you sing to your littles. What fun songs. Loved that version of ‘I Will’!

  2. Anonymous8:53 AM

    This reminds me that I was thinking the other day about songs my mom used to sing. "Que Sera, Sera" was one she often sang that I sang to my babies. But there was one she sang that just boggles the mind as to why it's even considered a lullaby for kids. "Poor Babes in the Woods" is a dark song about 2 children who a left in the woods to die. Acck.

    1. That's funny. It's up there with Grimm and stuffing children in ovens.


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