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Lullaby (Joel)

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Billy Joel

Billy Joel (arr. Rick DeJonge)


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General Info

Year: 1993 /
Duration:
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Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Billy Joel wrote this as a lullaby for his seven-year-old daughter in response to her question, "Where do we go when we die?" He wrote

it as a piano piece, and had the melody before he wrote the lyrics.

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
Then 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 still so many things I want to say
Remember all the songs you sang for 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 may 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 lullabies go on and on
They never die
That's how you and I will be

- Program Note from Colorado Wind Ensemble concert program, 25 September 2021


Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) is the seventh track and fourth single from Billy Joel's 1993 album River of Dreams. It was inspired by Alexa Ray Joel, his daughter by Christie Brinkley. The song is in the key of G major. The song was originally written as a prelude to the song The River of Dreams in the style of a monophonic Gregorian chant. Joel had written English words in the chant describing a man who had lost his faith, and had then had the words translated into Latin. He changed his mind upon hearing the recording, and incorporated it into the song River of Dreams. He later removed the interlude from the final studio version of River of Dreams, and instead wrote lyrics to the melody that reflected his sentiment toward Alexa Ray, who was a young child at the time of writing.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Denver) (David Kish, conductor) - 25 September 2021


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