My Words: A Homegrown Lullaby

Welcome to Amazing Words Wednesday, the day we enter the labyrinth of language and see what we can discover. On Wednesdays, I talk about grammar, punctuation, etymology, and anything else informative or fun about the English language. But on the first Wednesday of the month, I share my own words–something I’ve written.

I’ve been writing novels for almost six years, but I’ve been writing song lyrics since I was a kid. I’ve always loved music and pretty or poignant lyrics. Maybe my inspiration was Barry Manilow. Maybe it was Mac Davis (anyone else remember his show where he wrote songs on the spot?). Maybe it was just my love of words and music combined.

Anyway, when I was a young mother with an colicky baby, I did more than my share of late night bouncing and rocking to get my little boy to sleep. He had a penchant for staying up long past his bedtime (and still does). To calm him, and frankly to pass the time for myself, I composed a lullaby. Click the video below to listen, or scroll down to read the lyrics:

I want to dance the baby waltz
Holding you in my arms tonight
We will rock side to side
Across the room we will glide
‘Til your eyes shut so tight

I want to dance the baby waltz
Will you follow if I lead?
Counting 1-2-3, 1-2-3
Baby, please dance with me
‘Til you’re fast asleep

I know you are tired
Your eyelids are heavy
Your mouth stretches to a yawn
It’s way past your bedtime
But if you’ll go to sleep now
We’ll wake up together at dawn

I want to dance the baby waltz
Holding you in my arms tonight
As we dance, each eye closes
And soon Baby dozes
Mama loves you
Sweet dreams, sleep tight

Do you have a favorite lullaby? Have you ever written a song? (Do you know a record company that wants to buy my song…for big bucks? 😉 )

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20 thoughts on “My Words: A Homegrown Lullaby

  1. i used to sing a song from a lullaby tape to my son when he was a baby. Whenever he’d get worked up into a tantrum, if I sang that song he would calm immediately. I thought I had it all figured out as a parent…that’s why I have my daughter. She used to cover my mouth with her little hands to get me to stop.

  2. That song is beautiful and you have a terrific voice. You should be on stage, Julie and I don’t mean the first one out of town either.

    Great stuff. Keep it up.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. Great song…l actually dld wrlte a song wlth my best frlend when we were ln college. She wrote the muslc and l wrote the words. lt started off as a poem and she put words to lt. When l read the poem on March 29, 1974, l met my husband.
    Karla’s Song
    ln the nlght’s darkness they heard a cry
    and asked why she was crylng and she told them
    l’m crylng for the world
    a kaleldescope lt ls
    of hate and lnjustlce of soclety’s llttle groups
    and lt’s up to us to change lt
    ln the nlght’s darkness
    they heard a cry
    and asked why she was crylng and she told them
    l’m crylng for my famlly who loves me but doesn’t trust me
    can’t remember the next llne but l thlnk l’m dolng pretty good
    ln the nlght’s darkness
    they heard a cry
    and asked why she was crylng
    a volce from the mlsty clouds told them
    “l’m leavlng because l have to llve llfe ln my own way.”
    Jay Galloway, eat your heart out! LOL

  4. My mom was lucky as she has told me I slep well as a baby. My coworker just had a baby that is super colicky and won’t stop crying. I feel bad for her.

    1. Yeah, that colic is a sleep killer–for all involved. The good news is that my second child was a wonderful sleeper. Sometimes I didn’t even get through the whole lullaby before he was asleep! 🙂

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