Well-Known Songs for the Bedside

The lyrics to these songs can be found in many sources. The page numbers below are from the commonly used Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook, ed. Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, illustrated by Kore Loy McWhirter, introduction by Pete Seeger (A Sing Out Publication, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1988 and 1992).

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1.  ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT   (p. 131)    “Sleep, my child (substitute name), and peace attend thee, all through the night”

2.  BLACKBIRD   (p. 114)    “All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free”

3.  DANNY BOY   (p. 122)    “ ‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide”

4.  DONA NOBIS PACEM   (p. 194)    “Dona nobis pacem” (‘give to us peace’)

5.  DOWN IN THE VALLEY   (p. 123)   “Angels in heaven, know I love you”

6.  HOME ON THE RANGE   (p. 53)      “Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day”

7.  LIKE A SHIP IN THE HARBOR   (p. 134)    “I’ll cradle you deep, and hold you while angels sing you to sleep”

8.  MOON RIVER   (p. 66)    “We’re after the same rainbow’s end, right around the bend, my huckleberry friend”

9.  SHENANDOAH   (p. 206)   “Away, I’m bound away, ‘cross the wide Missouri”

10.  TELL ME WHY   (p. 128)   “Tell me why the stars do shine … and I will tell you why I love you”

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