There is a constant stream of music playing in my head at all times. Last night, after an exhaustingly productive day, I found myself being sung to sleep by the greats. That’s why today’s Tunesday is all about famous lullabies written by rock stars for their children.
The first and probably most well-known one, Lyllabye (Goodnight, My Angel), was written by Billy Joel for his daughter Alexa Ray Joel. He wrote it in response to questions she was asking about life and loss (full lyrics here).
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
And you should always know
Wherever you may go
No matter where you are
I never will be far away
Beautiful Boy was written by John Lennon for his son, Sean Lennon. It paints a sweet image of John comforting his son who, in turn, makes him realize the joy he gets from being his father. John whispers a message to him at the end, which is a very special and uniquely transparent personal touch on the song (lyrics here).
St. Judy’s Comet was written by Paul Simon, for his son Harper. I always imagined Paul Simon and Harper trying to stay up to watch a comet race across the night sky, and Paul trying to get his son to sleep when…
Ain’t nothing flashin’ but the fireflies.
Watching the sky is one of my favorite past times with my dad, so this song is very special to me… although I am usually the one trying to keep him awake (full lyrics here).
I’m not going to lie, there is some skepticism about this final selection. Although You Can Close Your Eyes, by James Taylor has always been referred to as a lullaby based off of the type of song it is, and the calming melody, the timeline is a bit confusing. The two theories are as follows. Taylor wrote it for his daughter, or wrote it before she was born and then adapted it and sang it to her as a lullaby. Either way… it’s a little piece of magic and I wouldn’t mind having it sung to me every night (lyrics here).
Do you have a favorite? Comment below!
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