One of my first album's was Billy Joel's 52nd Street. Or was that my brother's? Or perhaps my first was Streetlife Serenade that included the instrumental "Rootbeer Rag." I don't listen to Billy Joel much anymore, but a lullabye he wrote lives on at bedtime in our home. According to a TV interview, Joel wrote this song for his daughter, Alexa, as an answer to her questions about dying. I sing it to my children often at bedtime. My children are seven, ten, and twelve. Lullabyes are not just for infants . . . my children still enjoy them, and so do I.
Do you know what lullabye I'm talking about? Here are the lyrics:
Goodnight, my angel From Album "The River of Dreams" By Billy Joel
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
Goodnight, my angel Now it's time to sleep And still so many things I want to say Remember all the songs you sang for me When we went sailing on an emerald bay And like a boat out on the ocean I'm rocking you to sleep The water's dark and deep Inside this ancient heart You'll always be a part of me
Goodnight, my angel Now it's time to dream And dream how wonderful your life will be Someday your child may cry And if you sing this lullabye Then in your heart There will always be a part of me
Someday we'll all be gone But lullabyes go on and on... They never die That's how you And I Will be