Song Lyric Sunday – Sleep

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For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt of “Sleep” from Helen Vahdati, I offer the often forgotten melody from the great Stephen Foster. Published posthumously in 1864, it has been recorded, re-recorded, re-written with many liberties but always remains best sung by Bing Crosby (IMHO). Usually thought of as a lullaby, to me it is more of a lament for a lost loved one, particularly the second verse which is seldom performed.

Enjoy!

Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lull’d by the moonlight have all passed away!
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea,
Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelei
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.
Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
Even as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Lyrics courtesy of wikipedia

Till next time ~Peace ~JPP

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