Sunday, January 26, 2014

Goodnight, Sam

This is for my great-nephew, Sam, at the request of his father, Daniel.
Sam and I haven't met yet. He's fairly new to the world, and Daniel tells me he likes to tell things goodnight. That was really the hook and inspiration for this song.


Goodnight, Sam
dfl - 24 Jan 2014

It's time for me to say goodnight to the sun 
It's time for me to say goodnight to the sun 
Goodnight Sun! 
Sleep tight, Sun! 
In the morning I will rise 
Brush the sleep out of my eyes 
And thank you for the light 
Goodnight Sun 

It's time for me to say good night to the moon 
It's time for me to say good night to the moon 
Good night, Moon! 
Thank you for the light, Moon! 
In the morning I will rise 
Brush the sleep out of my eyes 
And then you can sleep tight 
Goodnight, Moon 

It's time for me to say good night to the world 
It's time for me to say good night to the world 
Good night, World! 
I hope we treat you right, World! 
In the morning I will rise 
Brush the sleep out of my eyes 
And watch you come alive 
Goodnight, World 

It's time for me to say good night to you all 
It's time for me to say good night to you all 
Good night, all! 
I love you with all my might, all! 
In the morning I will rise 
Brush the sleep out of my eyes 
And greet you with a smile 
Goodnight, all! 

It's time for me to say good night to God 
It's time for me to say good night to God 
Good night, God 
Thank you for my life, God 
In the morning I will rise 
Brush the sleep out of my eyes 
And pray you'll make me wise 
Goodnight, God.


Musical Notes

This is repetitive by design. Daniel wanted a lullaby, and to me that means that the goal is to put the little critter to sleep. So, a soft tune, very repetitive, with just enough variation that you know that they're separate verses, and enough of a formula that you can add verses on the fly if you had to.

The chords are all very simple open chords, with the capo set on the first fret.
Am -- F -- G -- C
(transposed)
A#m -- F# -- G# -- C#

I made it modal for family reasons, and to make it a little bittersweet. That's because this is for Sam's parents as much as it's for Sam; their little boy isn't going to be little forever. But someday he'll have kids of his own,
and if he sings this to them. I want Daniel and Michelle to cry their elderly eyes out... in the nicest possible way.


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