Earlier this week I wrote about parenthood in response to seeing the movie Boyhood. Watching a film like that has a way of sticking around in one’s thoughts. The day after the movie, I saw one of my friends who had accompanied me, and she mentioned that she was still churning about the content as well. Worthwhile experiences when they affect us so deeply.

Recently, I was perusing some music and came across Billy Joel’s song Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel). I remember when that was first released in 1994, and how moved I was by the music. That someone’s father could express such beauty to his daughter through music was touching. Not only would her father live forever in her heart, but also forever in a song.

Listening to the lyrics, the visual references are lovely.

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

Parents can likely relate to those nights of rocking our children to sleep, lulling our babes like boats on the waves. Certainly not always easy, especially if it is happening at 3 am. But very satisfying to comfort our little ones back to slumber.

Below is a clip of Billy Joel performing Lullaby live. While he sits at the piano before he begins, he explains how he was moved to write the song and chokes up about the discussion he had with his daughter. The love that he felt for her is so apparent. The audience of young people is clearly moved by Joel’s performance.

(tissue pause)

The King’s Singers perform an a cappella version that is just lovely, too. No music, simply voice. This could be the version that you play for your little one during those wee hours in the morning. The hushed singing is quite calming for child and parent alike.

Thank you, Bill, for writing that song. Parents who have come behind you are touched by it, as will be parents to come, as Lullaby goes on and on.

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 so many things I want to say
remember all the songs you sang to 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 will cry and if you sing this lullaby
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

Note: If you are interested in accessing in one place the music I have been posting, I have created a ClunkyShoe playlist on Spotify.

Photo credit goes to my husband, not me 🙂