My Favorite Lullaby

Out to dinner the other night with a bunch of moms, we got on the topic of lullabies we sing to our children.  To have seen this group of ladies sitting around singing to one another while out for a night away was beyond heartwarming!  It gave me the idea of sharing one of my all-time favorite lullabies with the blogosphere.  A later-life addition to my repertoire, I first heard this song sung by my husband to our firstborn and was taken by its peaceful melody.  Here is the link to the tune and below are the lyrics we use (our version is a little different with “A chicken when it’s pippin’, it has no bone” for the last verse).  I highly recommend adding it to your list–it is a popular request! Also, please share your other favorites in the comments–I’m always trying to learn new ones and mix it up.

“I Gave My Love A Cherry” (aka. “The Riddle” or in our house, “The Cherry Song”)

I gave my love a cherry that has no stone;
I gave my love a chicken that has no bone;
I gave my love a ring that has no end;
I gave my love a baby with no cryin’.

How can there be a cherry that has no stone?
How can there be a chicken that has no bone?
How can there be a ring that has no end?
How can there be a baby with no cryin’?

A cherry when it’s bloomin’ it has no stone;
a chicken when it’s pippin’ it has no bone;
a ring when its rollin’ it has no end;
a baby when he’s sleepin’ has no cryin’.

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  • AWOL Mommy

    Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra all the way. Shout out to the Irish.n

  • Kate

    I love this! We are big lullaby singers in our house. I sing without tune or pleasant voice but lots of enthusiasm. My husband has a wonderful voice. He usually sings “Down to the River to Pray”. But Jack went through a phase where he insisted that “I’ve been Working on the Railroad” was a lullaby (slow it waaaaay down).nOther favorites are “fais do do” a cajun lullaby off an album called “cajun for kids”.n”Mingulay Boat Song”…great sea song.nAnd my personal favorite is “Godspeed” which is on a Dixie Chicks album but was written by Radney Foster…and has sort of sad story behind it (his ex-wife moved out of the country with his son).nNow whenever I start to sing it I tear up…because my guy doesn’t do nighttime lullaby’s anymore and I miss it.