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Title and lyrics to an old lullaby

 
 
evonne
 
Reply Fri 7 Aug, 2009 07:37 pm
I am looking for the title and more lyrics to an old lullaby I used to sing to my children. When I had grandchildren to sing this lullaby to, I realized I had forgotten a lot of the words. I think I might have learned it in school in the 1950's ? Here's the words I can remember:

" So, lulla- lulla, lulla-lulla, bye-bye,
Do you want the moon to play with?
Or the stars to run away with?
They'll come if you don't cry.
So lulla-lulla, lulla-lulla, bye-bye,
In your Mammy's arms be creepin'...
Soon you'll be a-sleepin' ...
Lulla; lulla, lulla, lulla, lulla, bye"
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TTH
 
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Reply Fri 7 Aug, 2009 09:59 pm
@evonne,
MY CURLY HEADED BABY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M3hwbcu9HM

The Library of Congress American Memory Collection
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=rpbaasm&fileName=0200/0259/rpbaasm0259page.db&recNum=0

Hope that helps
evonne
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2009 07:52 pm
@TTH,
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! I either never knew the verse or had forgotten it completely. I thought it was the wrong song at first. Paul Robeson's version was the closest to the the tune and words I remember - i.e. "lulla" being pronounced like the lulla in lullaby not 'loo-la". Thanks also for sending both sites...I appreciated seeing both! I have wondered about this song for years and finally put the question out there. You have made my day! Bless you!
evonne
ipkable
 
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Reply Wed 16 Jan, 2013 08:36 pm
@evonne,
My mother used to sing this to me in 1950s so I decided to look it up since I did not remember all of the words. I had forgotten the intro "my curly headed baby" part too. Thank you ! My mother pronounced it Loola !
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jennyMac
 
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Reply Wed 23 Jan, 2013 05:49 pm
@evonne,
Oh my God, My wonderful Auntie who raised me sang this to me and I've been searching for it ever since. Let me know if you find anymore on this.
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Abbiegrey
 
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Reply Tue 12 Mar, 2013 04:50 pm
@TTH,
Thanks for the links. I, too have searched for this old song, and was never able to find it. My mother's side of the family was French/creole, and I see that the song is labelled as both Creole & African-american. Her version, also sung to me back on the early 50s, used the 'loola-loola' variant. I see some words in her version were closer to the very oldest sheet music, but not all.
Here is her version, which I assume she learned from her own mother, who was born in the 1900s:
Oh, Ta loola loola loola loola bye bye
You can have the moon to play with
And the stars to run away with
If only you don't cry.
Oh, Ta loola loola loola loola bye bye
In your mama's arms she'll rock you,
And once again we'll sing this song,
Oh Ta loola loola loola loola bye (this line descended in pitch)
Oh, Ta loola loola loola loola bye (this line ascended, ending quite high).
I sang this part, which I realize now is only the chorus, to my own two children. The full song, once I heard it, did sound oddly familiar, but I suspect mother sang the full version only rarely, and forgot much of it as time went by.
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Bmbloxom
 
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Reply Sun 28 Apr, 2013 03:39 pm
My grandmother, in her 60's in the early 1940's, sang this song to us in Seattle. Also, we had a 78rpm record of a female artist, with orchestral accompaniment, who sang the melody and most of the lyrics (including the dialect) exactly as published in the Chappell & Co. sheet music in the Library of Congress web site. The record was badly worn and is now lost, but I copied it onto a cassette when I still had it. I do not remember the label information.

Bruce
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AlisonU
 
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Reply Tue 4 Jun, 2013 03:33 pm
@evonne,
OK, now I'm confused. I live in the UK and was a baby in the 1960s. This was the lullaby my mum sang to me - and it was definitely 'loola'. I sing it to my children now, but I'm intrigued as to how we ended up passing down a Creole lullaby!
Alison
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Lesley W
 
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Reply Sun 21 Jul, 2013 01:52 am
Found your forum by putting "Do you want the moon to play with" into Google and am so pleased to have got some more of the lullaby. Does anyone know the name of the lullaby? I've been singing it to my first grandchild and just hum when I've run out of words! My mother sang it to me (she used loola) and was a great fan of Paul Robeson so maybe that's where it came from.
vinya
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jan, 2015 11:12 am
@Lesley W,
My Grandma sang it to me and she was Irish . I sang it to my daughter and my pets Smile But I sing , loola loola baby in your mummy's arm's your sleeping. rather than creeping.
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aden
 
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Reply Sun 25 Jan, 2015 07:00 am
I have been writing my life story and I remember this lullaby. My Grandmother sang it to me 1935/6. ?? I was born Jan 1934
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Tessy
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 01:22 pm
@TTH,
The song is.. 'Lulla lulla lulla bye bye, you've got the stars to run away with you've got the moon to role and play with. They will come if you don't cry so, lulla lulla lulla bye bye., in your mummy's arms your keeping in your daddy's arms your sleeping, they'll come if you don't cry'..... Assuming you know the much loved tune, my grandma would have learnt in the 1950s also and my father sang it to me. Enjoy.
Tessy
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 01:25 pm
@Tessy,
The pronunciation of the Lulla' is Loola
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philip1959
 
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Reply Wed 16 Sep, 2015 03:58 am
@evonne,
The song was written in my Grandfathers' diary from WW1 1915, last page, he was an Australian Light Horse soldier who served in Turkey, Egypt and Palestine and his diaries are held in the Mitchell Library Sydney. Gordon Macrae. I wasn't sure of the origin, now the mystery is solved, thanks google. Thanks Evonne.
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amyla85
 
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Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2015 04:33 pm
I've just found this thread searching for the origin of this lullaby. I'm singing it to my baby currently, my mum sang it to me & her mum to her. We live in the UK & only white British heritage as far as I know. I'm singing 'lula lula lula bye now, do you want the moon to play with, or the stars to run away with, they'll come if you don't cry. Lula lula lula bye now, in mummy's arms you're peeping, and soon you will be sleeping with a lula lullaby. - slightly different tune to the YouTube clip above but recognisable as the same song. I'm still confused about the exact origin though?
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spunkykvf
 
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Reply Thu 1 Dec, 2016 01:11 pm
My mom sang this lullaby to me as a child and we sang it as adults together. I don't know where she got it, but assume from her mom who was from Lithuania or her dad from Pennsylvania and his parents were French and German. However the "lulla lulla etc" is actually just the repeated refrain, and there are multiple verses before it. I don't really want to write it all out, but it starts with "I see the Moon, the Moon sees me, the moon sees the one I want to see, it seems to me that God above, created you for me to love, He picked you ...."
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Lindy Lou
 
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Reply Sat 4 Feb, 2017 08:11 pm
@evonne,
My grandma used to sing this to my mum, who sang it to my boys, and I now sing it to my grandson! I looked it up once, and I'm sure it came from a musical in the 1920s featuring a coloured singer (hence the 'does you'), but I can't find that reference now. I've just listened to another version on Youtube, sung by British mums(!) but the words and tune are slightly different from what I remember. The version you've written is practically the same as the one I sing, which is:-

Sing, tulalula, lulalula bye-bye
Does you want the moon to play with?
Or the stars to run away with?
They'll come if you don't cry!
Singing tulalula, lulalula bye-bye,
In your mamma's arms you're creepin'
And soon you'll be a-sleepin'
Singing tula, lula, lula, lula, bye.

I've written 'tula' and 'lula' with one 'l' otherwise it would be pronounced tulla rhyming with colour!

I'm now editing this post because I've found the heavenly Paul Robeson singing it - but it's not exactly as I think the original was, and I'm sure the song is much earlier than 1948! Beautiful nonetheless.

Happy memories, eh! Long may we sing it!
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