Lullaby from maybe 1920's

Reply Tue 13 Dec, 2011 06:27 am

I am 70 years of age and there is a Lullaby my mother sang to me that I really want to find - please help if you can.
It is about a little boy who's mother has died and visits him when he is in bed.
I remember three lines :-
"She comes in through the window 'cause the door is not allowed
Her face is like a moonbeam her hair is like a cloud"
etc etc then last line :-
"And only me and Mick the dog know what we're going to see"
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Reply Tue 13 Dec, 2011 08:01 am
I wish I knew, but I'll answer to bump this up, see if anyone else knows. Welcome to A2K. Smile
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Vesta Tilley
Reply Tue 27 Dec, 2011 06:05 am
My dad used to sing this song too. He was born in 1918 so it was probably from his childhood. I remember it slightly differently and I can't remember the middle bit but it goes:
She comes in through the window cos the door is not allowed,
Her eyes are like two shining stars, her hair is like a cloud,
And only me and Mick the dog, who sleeps along of me
Know ????????????????????????and what we’re going to see.

When nurse???????????????????
And daddy calls her darling heart, though mother is her name,
and Mick and I were very sad before our mother came.

Then something about a land with little boys and mothers in it and it ends:
I ask if I can go with her, she says twill never do,
cos daddy would be lonely son, without a man like you.

If that triggers anymore please let me know, cos there’s a lot missing and I've been trying to get the whole song for a long time.
Reply Mon 1 Oct, 2012 04:16 am
@Vesta Tilley,
Hi Vesta,

Long time since I last looked at Forum.

Thnxs so much - we are getting there - I just remember my mother singing it only the once - but it stuck in my mind.

She had a terrible childhood as her mother died when she was 3 years old and the step mother was not so nice.

My mother sang it with real feeling - as though it meant a lot to her.

Thxs so much.
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Stuart L Jenneker
Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 12:29 pm
Hi there..

The song is called "The Night Nursery" from "The Little White House" by Reginald Rigby.. and we had it on an old record - possibly on one of those 78rpm hard carnauba wax ones. Seem to think it could have had another story/song on the flip side - possibly My name is Maxi - I drice a taxi.. but I cannot recall..

My oldest brother Rev Cannon Bruce Jenneker did extensive research - over many years - into its origin, before finally tracking it down through some friend(s) in (I think ) the American Film (and) Music society.. and getting a copy of the original score and giving both my younger brother and I copies.. I seem to have misplaced mine, but will try to track the a copy down.

Hmm.. I think he had the words in a singalong booklet he made for both of our 60th birthdays.. Yep - found it - you're lucky, as I was trying Google to find the words too..

Us three brothers used to sing this beautiful melody since childhood, and it was especially poignant when we sang it at my Dad's wake, some years ago, and recited just a few lines starting from She comes in thru the window..
at my Mom's passing only a fortnight ago!

I cannot but think of, or hum the tune (even in my mind..) without a tear forming in my eyes, a lump in my throat, and pain in my hear..

When Nurse has tucked the bedclothes in,
and stomped across the floor,
she says there's not a single soul
can come in through the door.

But only me and Mick the dog,
who lies along o' me,
know why the skylight's open
and what we're going to see.

For when the sun has gone to sleep
and all the world's in bed,
then someone comes to see us here,
whom Nursey says id dead.

Dad used to a used to call her darling Heart,
but Mother was here name.
And me an Mick were very sad
before our Mother came.

She comes in thru the skylight
for the door is not allowed
Her eyes are bright as little stars
Her dress is like a cloud.

She hold me very kind and tight
and talks about her land,
where all the flowers are boys and girls
with monthers close at hand

But when I want to go woth her,
she says 'twould never do,
'for Daddy would be lonely here, without a boy like you.'

Music: Claude Arundale
Words: The Little White House by Reginald Rigby

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Stuart L Jenneker
Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 12:44 pm
Music: from The Little White House
Words: Reginald Rigby

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Reply Wed 9 Jan, 2013 09:42 pm
Hi Everyone,

Happy New year,

I cannot thank enough for all this information.

I had not looked at the forum for quite some while - I have just been clearing up my Lap Top - saw a note of this and thought I would check.

So glad I did - means so much to me - to think back to my mother singing this song with so much feeling.

No doubt thinking of her own mother who died when she was 3 years old.

Stay well - stay safe.

Pamela Rosa
Reply Thu 10 Jan, 2013 03:55 pm
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Mike and Denise
Reply Fri 11 Jan, 2019 05:51 am
My mother is 83, for Christmas last year (2017), my wife and I researched this Lullaby as my mother used to sing it to me many years ago (i'm 57 now), we eventually tracked down the sheet music and words, we gave it to her that Christmas, she now plays it on her piano and we sing along, its hard not to cry as it brings back very happy memories.
A rough date would be 1900 the price on the sheet music is marked at 2 shillings!
It was published by
J. B. Cramer& Co Ltd,
139 New Bond Street,

I can send pictures of the words and music if you would like them?
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Reply Sun 3 Feb, 2019 06:19 am
This song was recorded by Turner Layton, quite a famous singer of his day, I think. I heard it on BBC Radio 2 about 25 years ago, played by Alan Keith. I was lucky enough to record it on cassette, as I was so moved by it. I listened to it again last night, and have been trying to find out about it on the Web. Unfortunately, TL's recording of it isn't on Youtube.
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Reply Fri 2 Apr, 2021 01:52 am
@Mike and Denise
Thanks for your offer to post the words and music. That would be great.
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2022 02:20 am
Email me [email protected] and I'll send you me singing it. This song has many memories for me. I put it into a play about my mum dying. Don't know how old this post is. I'll look back when I'm not on my phone. I'm excited as I've tried do many times to find it, but never had any luck, until now.

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