Southern lullaby (Harry T. Burleigh)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-28)  CPDL #78521:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-28).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 359 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Southern lullaby
Composer: Harry T. Burleigh
Lyricist: George Vere Hobart
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, divisi, ST solo
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1920 G. Ricordi & Co.

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Original text and translations

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De night am long an’ de col’ win’ roar,
    Sleep li’l chile, go sleep!
Yo’ Pappy he doan’ come home no more,
    Sleep li’l chile, go sleep!
I wonder he sees us all alone,
Wif nuffin’ to eat escept a bone;
An’ do he hear yo’ Mammy moan?
    Sleep, li’l chile, go sleep!

De stars am hid an’ de sky am black,
    Sleep li’l chile, go sleep!
Yo’ Pappy am gone an’ he doan’ come back,
    Sleep, li’l chile, go sleep!
He say “goodby!” an’ he gone away
Till come dat evahlastin’ day—
An’ it seems sech a long, long while to stay!
    Sleep, li’l chile, go sleep!