October 25, 2009

Lullabies

Sometimes, if I'm very fortunate, Evy lets me sing and rock her to sleep.



One of the greatest loves in my life is music. When I was pregnant, I started thinking of all the songs I wanted to sing to her. It's interesting, because when you start rocking your baby, songs just come to you. All of a sudden, you just find yourself singing whatever songs come to your mind.

Some of my favorites aren't the typical lullabies. But they're beautiful. There are lots of them, but I wanted to write them down so I'll always have them. Here are some from my singing collection. (I've already decided to do several of these posts because I have so many favorites!)

Friendly Persuasion (from the movie "Friendly Persuasion")
Thee I love, more than the meadow so green and still
More than the mulberries on the hill
More than the buds on the May apple tree, I love thee
Arms have I, strong as the oak, for this occasion
Lips have I, to kiss thee, too, in friendly persuasion
Thee is mine, though I don't know many words of praise
Thee pleasures me in a hundred ways
Put on your bonnet, your cape, and your glove
And come with me, for thee I love
Thee is mine, though I don't know many words of praise
Thee pleasures me in a hundred ways
Put on your bonnet, your cape, and your glove
And come with me, for thee I love


Anywhere I Wander (from the movie "Hans Christian Andersen")
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Till I'm in the arms of my darling again
My heart will find no home
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Her arms were warm as they welcomed me
Her eyes were a fire bright
And then I knew that my path must be
Through the ever haunted night
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Till I'm in the arms of my darling again
My heart will find no home
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Her voice was oh such a soft caress
Of love it gently told
And in her smile was the tenderness
I may never more behold
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Till I'm in the arms of my darling again
My heart will find no home
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam


I'll Take You Dreaming (from the movie "The Court Jester")
Loo, loo, loo, I'll take you dreaming
Through the rainy night
To a place behind the raindrops
Where the stars are bright
You may not find gold or silver
But a richer prize
Waits for you behind the raindrops
If you close your eyes
Tonight, tonight
When all the world's asleep
We will tiptoe home with a wonderous star
A star you can always keep
And years from now when you go dreaming
When you're very old
Though your crown be rich with rubies
Diamonds set in gold
None will shine as bright
As the star we'll find
Tonight


Distant Melody (from the musical stage production of "Peter Pan")
Once upon a time and long ago
I heard someone singing soft and low
Now when day is done and night is near
I recall this song I used to hear
My child, my very own,
Don't be afraid, you're not alone
Sleep until the dawn
For all is well
Long ago this song was sung to me
Now it's just a distant melody
Somewhere from the past I used to know
Once upon a time
And long ago...


Dream (as sung by Ray Orbison in the movie "You've Got Mail")
Dream, when you're feeling blue
Dream, that's the thing to do
Just watch the smoke rings rise in the air
You'll find your share of memories there
So dream when the day is through
Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So dream, dream, dream
Dream when the day is through
Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So dream, dream, dream


Remember (as sung by Harry Nilsson in the movie "You've Got Mail")
Long ago, far away
Life was clear, close your eyes
Remember is a place from long ago
Remember filled with everything you know
Remember when you're sad and feelin' down
Remember, turn around
Remember life is just a memory
Remember close your eyes and you can see
Remember think of all that life can be
Remember
Dream, love is only in a dream, remember
Remember life is never as it seems.
Dream
Long ago, far away
Life was clear, close your eyes

Dream a Little Dream of Me (as sung by Ella Fitzgerald)
Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper, 'I love you,'
Birds singing in the sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me
Say nighty-night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
While I'm alone and blue as can be,
Dream a little dream of me.
Stars fading, but I linger on, dear,
Still craving your kiss.
I'm longing to linger 'till dawn, dear,
Just saying this:
Sweet dreams 'till sunbeams find you,
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you.
But in your dreams, whatever they be.
Dream a little dream of me.


A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (as sung by Nat King Cole)
That certain night, the night we met,
There was magic abroad in the air.
There were angels dining at the Ritz,
And a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.
I may be right, I may be wrong,
But I'm perfectly willing to swear
That when you turned and smiled at me,
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.
The moon that lingered over London town
Poor puzzled moon, he wore a frown.
How could he know that we two were so in love?
The whole darn world seemed upside down.
The streets of town were paved with stars,
It was such a romantic affair.
And as we kissed and said goodnight,
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.
When dawn came stealing up, all gold and blue
To interrupt our rendez-vous,
I still remember how you smiled and said,
Was that a dream? or was it true?
Our homeward step was just as light
As the dancing of Fred Astaire,
And like an echo far away
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.


The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing (from the movie "White Christmas")
The best things happen while you're dancing
Things you would not do at home
Come naturally on the floor
For dancing soon becomes romancing
When you hold a girl in your arms
That you've never held before
Even guys with two left feet
Come out alright if the girl is sweet
If by chance their cheeks should meet while dancing
Proving that the best things happen while you dance

Spring, Spring, Spring (from the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
Oh, the barnyard is busy in a regular tizzy,
And the obvious reason is because of the season
Ma Nature's lyrical, with her yearly miracle
Spring, Spring, Spring.
All the hen-folk are hatchin'
While their men-folk are scrathin'
To ensure the survival of each brand new arrival.
Each nest is twitterin',
They're all baby-sitterin',
Spring, Spring, Spring.
It's a beehive of buddin' son and daughter life,
Every family has plans in view.
Even down in the brook the underwater life
Is forever blowin' bubbles too.
Every field wears a bonnet
With some spring daisies on it,
Even birds of a feather show their clothes off together.
Sun's gettin' shinery, to spotlight the finery,
Spring, Spring, Spring.
From his eyrie, the eagle with his eagle eye
Gazes down across his eagle beak
And a'fixin' his lady with the legal eye
Screams "suppose we fix the date this week!"
Yes, siree, spring disposes
That it's all one supposes
It's a real bed of roses
Waggin' tails, rubbin' noses.
Each day is Mother's Day
The next is some other's day
When all is King

Dear Hearts and Gentle People (as sung by Bing Crosby)
I love those dear hearts and gentle people
Who live in my home town
Because those dear hearts and gentle people
Will never ever let you down
They read the good book
From Fri till Monday
That's how the weekend goes
I've got a dream house
I'll build there one day
With picket fence and ramblin' rose
I feel so welcome each time I return
That my happy heart keeps laughin' like a clown
I love the dear hearts and gentle people
Who live and love in my home town
There's a place I'd like to go
And it's back in Idaho
Where you're friendly neighbors smile and say hello
It's a pleasure and a treat
To meandor down the street
That's why I want the whole wide world to know
I love the gentle people
Because those dear hearts and gentle people
Will never ever let you down


More (as sung by Bobby Darin)
More than the greatest love the world has known
This is the love that I give to you alone
More than the simple words I try to say
I only live to love you more each day
More than you'll ever know
My arms long to hold you so
My life will be in your keeping
Waking, sleeping, laughing, weeping
Longer than always is a long, long time
But far beyond forever, you'll be mine
I know I never lived before
And my heart is very sure
No one else could love you more


And it's true...no one else (on earth, that is) could love Evy more than I do!

12 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

I love that you wrote these down for her to read later! You are right, noone other than Jesus can love like a mommy.

Emily said...

Been a follower for a while but my first time commenting! I adore your blog and your precious family! I love all of those songs especially Dream a little Dream of me!

Mama Britt said...

Hello, your daughter is beautiful! I have been wondering if you pronounce her name EH-vey, or EE-vey? Either way, it's a sweet name.
I have a 4 month old baby girl named Jovianna and I find myself singing to her the old disney movie songs, such as "Best of Friends." From the Fox and the Hound, or "A Whole New World" From Aladdin. :)
~Britt&Jovi~

Amy said...

sweet. sweeet. sweet! no one else on earth can love like a mommy! thanks for sharing these beautiful songs and the beautiful picture of you and your sweet girl!

Kara said...

This post is TOO precious. I am 15 weeks along with my first and I am a music teacher, so I have already been thinking about this. Great post!

Kara said...

This is too precious! I am 15 weeks along with my first and I am also a music teacher. This sort of thing is already on my mind! Great post!

The Easleys said...

Ashley...I know what you mean...I sing "Baby Mine" from the movie Dumbo
Also, when Taylor was born I sang hymns that I had memorized from years of singing in my home church, and now Taylor knows practically all those hymns.

2 little Boys said...

This is a fantastic post, and such a touching legacy to your daughter. I love so many of your song selections, they are some of my favorites. I too love singing to my boys and I sing to them every night after reading a story and saying prayers. I always end with the song from the book "I love you forever"

God Bless you
Daily laying it at the Master's feet!
Laura Ann

Ashley said...

I love this post! I don't know all of the songs that you listed but the ones I do know, I love. So I will definitely be checking the other ones out!

Ashley said...

That snuggly picture is the most precious thing I have seen in a long time. :)

fragmentsoftheday said...

Awww... she is precious, Ashley. That's cute that you sing to her. I'm sure it's very soothing. You should add "Hushabye Mountain" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Josh Groban's "Lullaby" to your repertoire. Those are two of my favorites.

mrs.leah.maria said...

Absolutely beautiful Ashley!

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