Suo Gân (Sleep My Baby)
All Instruments: Douglas Milne
From the TwinkleTrax album "Baby Lullabies - 18 Soothing Instrumental Lullabies For Babies"
Snug and warm for you to rest
Round you mother's arms are folding,
Mother's love lies in my breast.
Nothing shall disturb your slumber,
None shall harm you, have no fear;
Sleep, my baby, child, surrender
To your mother's breast, my dear
Sleep in peace tonight, my baby,
Beautiful in slumber deep
Why do you now smile, my baby
Smile so gently in your sleep?
Then shall no one come to harm you
None shall ever break your rest
Sleep, my baby darling quiet
Sleep on mother's gentle breast.
The title of this well-known traditional Welsh lullaby translates simply as "Lullaby".
The modern lyrics were published around 1904. It was copied from a manuscript found in Llanberis, North Wales. The author of the lyrics is unknown. An older variation was published in 1794. In some parts of America it is sung as a hymn, but its origin is as a simple lullaby.
The song was used in Steven Spielberg's 1987 movie "Empire of the Sun," where Christian Bale lip-syncs it to a performance by James Rainbird.
The folk scholar Robert Bryan (1858-1920), composed an English version of "Suo Gân", named "Sleep, My Baby". The lullaby "All The World Is Sleeping" is a variation of the same song.
Origins text ©2011 TwinkleTrax Children's Songs.