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5 MORE Lullabies from Musicals to sing to your kids

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We continue with our suggestions of Musical Theatre songs to sing or play to get your little ones off…to…sleep…zzzz….

stay awake
Stay Awake – Mary Poppins
In the same way that The Sound of Music has to be included, how could any list not feature a Poppins song? This is another Sherman brothers musical masterpiece, using the art of reverse psychology: tell your little one to “stay awake, don’t nod and dream” and hopefully that’s just what they will do!
Stay awake, don’t rest your head
Don’t lie down upon your bed
While the moon drifts in the skies
Stay awake, don’t close your eyes
 
Though the world is fast asleep
Though your pillow’s soft and deep
You’re not sleepy as you seem
Stay awake, don’t nod and dream
Stay awake, don’t nod and dream
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Moonshine Lullaby – Annie Get Your Gun

Composer Irving Berlin at his best, this lullaby is a surefire way to get any troublesome tot off to sleep.  With lilting guitar and a country twang in the voice, this Bernadette Peters rendition is especially lovely. The quintessential Broadway lullaby written by the master of the American songbook – we love this 1940s musical theatre hit!

Behind the hill
There’s a busy little still
Where your Pappy’s workin’ in the moonlight
 
Your lovin’ paw
Isn’t quite within the law
So he’s hidin’ there behind the hill
 
Bye bye baby
Stop your yawnin’
Don’t cry baby
Day will be dawning
 
And when it does
From the mountain where he wuz
He’ll be coming with jug of moonshine
 
So count your sheep
Mama’s singing you to sleep
With the Moonshine Lullaby

music man

Goodnight my Someone – The Music Man

This is an old fashioned one, and The Music Man doesn’t get performed very often these days – but this wonderful Meredith Wilson song is a Broadway classic and we definitely think it deserves a place in our list. Simple but beautiful and moving lyrics accompanied by a gorgeous little tune – Baby Broadway heaven!

Goodnight, my someone,
Goodnight, my love,
Sleep tight, my someone,
Sleep tight, my love,
Our star is shining it’s brightest light
For goodnight, my love, for goodnight.
Sweet dreams be yours, dear,
If dreams there be
Sweet dreams to carry you close to me.
I wish they may and I wish they might
Now goodnight, my someone, goodnight
True love can be whispered from heart to heart
When lovers are parted they say
But I must depend on a wish and a star
As long as my heart doesn’t know who you are.
Sweet dreams be yours dear,
If dreams there be
Sweet dreams to carry you close to me.
I wish they may and I wish they might
Now goodnight, my someone, goodnight.
Goodnight,
Goodnight.

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Summertime Porgy and Bess

Perhaps one of the most famous – and most recorded – songs ever written, Summertime by the American composer George Gershwin is originally from his opera Porgy and Bess and first sung by a young mother, Clara, to her baby. One for those hot summer nights when a cooling breeze finally blows and a lilting jazz melody might just send your little one off to sleep.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, don’t you cry

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But ’til that morning, there ain’t nothin’ can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin’ by

into the woods

No One Is Alone – Into The Woods

Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Into The Woods combines all of Grimm’s fairytales and is packed full of wonderful tunes for adults and children. Maybe you are alone, up at 3.45am trying to get your baby to sleep – but this beautiful song will keep you in good company and might just do the trick to finally lull them to the land of nod.

Mother cannot guide you
Now you’re on your own
Only me beside you
Still, you’re not alone
No one is alone
No one is alone, truly, no one is alone

Sometimes people leave you
Halfway through the wood
Others may deceive you
You decide whats good
You decide alone
But no one is alone

People make mistakes.
Fathers, mothers,
People make mistakes
Holding to their own
Thinking they’re alone
Honor their mistakes
Everybody makes
One another’s terrible mistakes

Witches can be right, Giants can be good
You decide what’s right you decide what’s good
Just remember:
Someone is on your side
Someone else is not
While you’re seeing your side
Maybe you forgot: they are not alone
No one is alone

Hard to see the light now
Just don’t let it go
Things will come out right now
We can make it so
Someone is on your side
No one is alone.

– with thanks to Richard Jones for compiling this list (@Richtomjones)