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5 Lullabies from Musicals to sing to your kids

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Babies and children love familiarity and routine, but singing the same old ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ at bedtime can get a little tedious sometimes.

Here are 5 alternatives from the world of Musical Theatre to sing or play as your little ones drift off to the land of nod:

 

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Edelweiss The Sound of Music

No Baby Broadway countdown is complete without a Sound of Music song. This beautiful ballad is sung by Captain von Trapp as he strums his guitar and gently serenades his brood of children. Beautiful and calming! An interesting side note – this is the last song legendary lyricist Oscar Hammerstein completed before his death in 1960. What a gorgeous final gift to the world.

Edelweiss, edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white
Clean and bright
You look happy to meet me

Blossom of snow
May you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever

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Maybe  Annie

The 1977 Broadway musical Annie might be best known for the rabble-rousing ‘Tomorrow’, but one of our other favourite songs from the show is the sweet and tender ‘Maybe’, sung by orphan Annie to baby orphan Molly. A gorgeous melody with sweet, touching lyrics – it’s a gem!

Maybe far away
Or maybe real nearby
He may be pouring her coffee
She may be straightening his tie.

Maybe in a house
All hidden by a hill
She’s sitting playing piano
He’s sitting paying a bill

Betcha they’re young
Betcha they’re smart
Bet they collect things
Like ashtrays, and art

Betcha they’re good
Why shouldn’t they be?
Their one mistake
Was giving up me

So maybe now it’s time,
And maybe when I wake
They’ll be there calling me baby
Maybe.

Betcha he reads
Betcha she sews
Maybe she’s made me
A closet of clothes!

Maybe they’re strict
As straight as a line…
don’t really care
As long as they’re mine!

So maybe now this prayer’s
The last one of it’s kind…
Won’t you please come get your baby
Won’t you please come get your baby

Maybe

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Hushabye Mountain – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Michael Ball, Dick van Dyke or Lee Mead? Whoever your favourite Caracatus is, it’s impossible not to fall in love with a leading man who sings this to Jeremy and Jemima as they fall asleep in his arms. A proper musical theatre lullaby written by the Sherman brothers, who also wrote Mary Poppins.  One for the dads to try out we reckon!

A gentle breeze from Hushabye Mountain
Softly blows o’er lullaby bay
It fills the sails of boats that are waiting
Waiting to sail your worries away
It isn’t far to Hushabye Mountain
And your boat waits down by the quay
The winds of night so softly are sighing
Soon they will fly your troubles to sea
So close your eyes on Hushabye Mountain
Wave good-bye to cares of the day
And watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain
Sail far away from lullaby bay

Added bonus – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is currently touring the UK – more details here.

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Castle on a CloudLes Miserables

The longest running West End musical of all time certainly contains one of the best MT ballads ever written, but you might need a tissue at the ready for this one. Cosette left alone to sweep and clean the Thenadiers Inn soothes herself with a dream of living safely in the clouds….

There is a castle on a cloud,
I like to go there in my sleep,
Aren’t any floors for me to sweep,
Not in my castle on a cloud.

There is a room that’s full of toys.
There are a hundred boys and girls.
Nobody shouts or talks too loud,
Not in my castle on a cloud.

There is a lady all in white,
Holds me and sings a lullaby,
She’s nice to see and she’s soft to touch,
She says, “Cosette, I love you very much.”

I know a place where no one’s lost,
I know a place where no one cries,
Crying at all is not allowed,
Not in my castle on a cloud.

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Not While I’m Around Sweeney Todd

Ok, ok: so in the show itself it’s sung by a crazed teenage boy trying to save his adopted mother from a murderous, cannibalistic barber… BUT when sung out of context (especially here by the Queen herself, Babs) is there a better musical theatre lullaby to sing to your precious little bundles? The genius of Sondheim is that he uses the most beautiful melodies and the most moving lyrics to completely surprise and move an audience in the unlikeliest of places. And out of context? It’s a hymn to the simple beauty of loving a child and keeping them safe from the world – perfect!

Nothing’s gonna harm you
Not while I’m around
Nothing’s gonna harm you, no sir
Not while I’m around
Demons are prowling everywhere, nowadays
I’ll send ’em howling
I don’t care, I’ve got ways
 
Noone’s gonna hurt you
Noone’s gonna dare
Others can desert you
Not to worry, whistle, I’ll be there
 
Demons’ll charm you with a smile, for a while, but in time
Nothing can harm you
Not while I’m around
 
Being close and being clever
Ain’t like being true
I don’t need to, I would never, hide a thing from you
Like some
 
No one’s gonna hurt you
No one’s gonna dare
Others can desert you
Not to worry, whistle, I’ll be there
 
Demons’ll charm you with a smile, for a while, but in time
Nothing can harm you
Not while I’m around.
 – with thanks to self-confessed Musical Theatre geek Richard Jones for compiling this list…look out for Part 2 soon!