Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dave Butler Reworks Traditional Material


(Special birthday shout-out to my friends in the Blackdown area, for whom I wrote this lullaby.)

Baa baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
One for my master, one for my dame
One for the little boy off Hammer Lane
Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Baa baa, brown sheep, how you sail
Yes sir, yes sir, the wind's in the dale
Up the Punchbowl, o'er the Down
Through the Wealdwood and back to town
Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Baa baa, gray sheep, did you hear the bells?
Yes sir, yes sir, in Waggoner's Wells
The bells of morning, and the bells of noon
The bells of evening will be ringing soon
Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Baa baa, white sheep, did you say prayers?
Yes, dear mother, when the monks said theirs
Down by the river, snug in the bend
All long days come to an end
Twinkle, twinkle, little star

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