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b) a baby's bedtime song
lullaby = das Schlaflied
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The first movement of Joseph Packales’ "Cello Concerto, Opus 101" has a tango theme; the second movement is something like a soothing LULLABY and the third piece has a Middle Eastern influence.
(The Columbus Ledger)
now, she feels safe
in this bar on fairfax
and from the stage I can tell that
she can't let go and she can't relax
and just before
she hangs her head to cry
I sing to her a LULLABY
(from the song "Lullaby" by Shawn Mullins)
Did you know?
- a quiet song which is sung to children to help them go to sleep
(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Cambridge University Press 2009)
Lullaby stems from the words "lull" (to cause to sleep) and "by."
The melody to Brahm's Lullaby "Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht, Op. 49, No. 4." is an example of the classic lullaby. There are numerous English lyrics to this famous song.
Probably the most well-known English lullaby however is Rock-a-Bye Baby:
Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all
The BBC reports that the classic lullaby is giving way to modern pop and rock. A survey found that nearly two-thirds of people thought pop ballads could be better for getting babies to sleep than lullabies like Rock-a-Bye Baby. A spokesperson for the website that conducted the survey said, "I expect most mums put the radio on when at home with the baby and the catchy lyrics make it impossible to sing anything else at bedtime."
The 2008 survey listed Patience from the boygroup Take That as the most popular pop and rock bedtime tune.
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