Friday Five: Lullabies
Lullabies have been sung in many languages and music genres going all the way back to 1072, when they were first mentioned by a Turkish writer. And while most people immediately think of a loving and mellow tune sung to bring comfort and sleep to countless babies, country artists haven’t always been so light-hearted in their lullabies. Sure, country music has its share of warm and fuzzy bedside hymns, but it has an equal share of therapy inducing songs as well.
Perhaps they took a cue from the root of the word. Historians speculate that the term lullaby probably came from an old Hebrew term “Lilith-bye” or “Lilith-Abi.” In the Jewish religion, Lilith was a demon who was believed to steal children’s souls in the night. To guard against Lilith, people would hang things on the walls of their babies’ nursery with the inscription “Lilith – abi”- which is translated as “Lilith begone.” Getting warm and fuzzy yet? In comparison, our number one lullaby seems downright appropriate for toddlers of any age.
There were so many good country music bedtime songs that it seemed appropriate to double up this Friday Five to ten great lullabies.
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."
- Jack Williams: Lynch Blues - Corey Harris Countrycide (The Ballad of Ed and Charlie Brown) - Alvin Youngblood Hart Divine Object of Hatred - …
- TexasVet: Marty Robbins - The Hanging Tree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xczpRc6_yBA
- Janice Brooks: Nice lineup I think I read today was the Emmett Till incident.
- Juli Thanki: For $2,000, I'd want to ride a unicorn in Central Park with Chely.