Lullaby Yodel
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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My baby I know that you want me
Each lonely night and day
Your dear blue eyes how they haunt me
Though you're far away

Oh why did she take you away from my arms
And leave nothing to cherish there
She's left me so blue but
When she took you too
It seemed more than I could bear

My baby I want you tonight dear
After my work is through
To rock you to sleep in my arms dear
And sing lullaby's to you

I dee-ho lay-ee
Oh dee oh dee-ee-ee lay oh-ee-ee
I dee lay dee-ho lay-ee
Dee oh dee oh lay-ee oh lay-ee
Dee oh dee oh lay-ee-ee oh lay-ee-ee

I dream of your baby caresses
Dimples and golden hair
I reach out to clasp you in my arms
And find only emptiness there

Your future has been the chief aim of my life
You'll never know what it means
My plans and my schemes are
All blasted it seems
For you are mine only in dreams

My baby I want you tonight dear
After my work is through
To rock you to sleep in my arms dear
And sing lullaby's to you





Oh dee lay-ee-I oh lay-ee oh oh lay-ee

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jimmie Rodgers's song "Lullaby Yodel" express the longing and sadness of a parent who is separated from their baby. The singer addresses their baby directly, conveying their deep yearning for them. The first verse speaks to the constant presence of the baby in the singer's mind, as their "dear blue eyes" haunt them even though they are far away. The second verse reflects on the pain of the separation, questioning why someone would take the baby away and leave the singer feeling so blue. The anguish intensifies as the singer expresses their desire to be with the baby and sing lullabies to them, emphasizing the tender care and love they want to offer.


The song captures the universal emotion of longing and the innate human instinct to protect and nurture one's child. It explores the depth of the parent-child bond and the emptiness felt when that bond is disrupted. The yodeling in the chorus adds a unique touch, evoking a sense of nostalgia and traditional folk elements, which was characteristic of Rodgers's style.


Line by Line Meaning

My baby I know that you want me
I am aware that you desire me, my baby


Each lonely night and day
During every solitary moment, both day and night


Your dear blue eyes how they haunt me
The captivating effect of your lovely blue eyes on me


Though you're far away
Even though you are distant from me


Oh why did she take you away from my arms
Oh, why did she separate you from my loving embrace


And leave nothing to cherish there
Leaving behind nothing valuable to hold onto


She's left me so blue but
She has made me deeply sad, however


When she took you too
When she also took you away


It seemed more than I could bear
It felt overwhelming and almost unbearable


My baby I want you tonight dear
My baby, I yearn for you tonight, my dear


After my work is through
Once I have completed my tasks


To rock you to sleep in my arms dear
To gently sway you in my embrace, lulling you to sleep


And sing lullaby's to you
And serenade you with soothing lullabies


I dee-ho lay-ee
Expressing a joyful and melodic vocalization


Oh dee oh dee-ee-ee lay oh-ee-ee
Continuing the melodious expression with enthusiasm


I dee lay dee-ho lay-ee
Carrying on the joyous chant in a harmonious manner


Dee oh dee oh lay-ee oh lay-ee
Further participating in the melodious chant with delight


Dee oh dee oh lay-ee-ee oh lay-ee-ee
Continuing the melodic expression, filled with joy and exuberance


I dream of your baby caresses
I envision the gentle touches and affectionate gestures you provide


Dimples and golden hair
Referring to your adorable dimples and beautiful golden hair


I reach out to clasp you in my arms
I extend my hand to hold you tightly within my embrace


And find only emptiness there
Yet, upon reaching out, I encounter nothing but emptiness


Your future has been the chief aim of my life
Your future has been the primary objective and focus of my existence


You'll never know what it means
You will never fully comprehend its significance


My plans and my schemes are
My intentions and strategies are


All blasted it seems
All ruined and shattered, it appears


For you are mine only in dreams
Because you belong to me solely within the realm of dreams


My baby I want you tonight dear
My baby, I desire you tonight, my dear


After my work is through
Once I have completed my tasks


To rock you to sleep in my arms dear
To gently sway you in my embrace, lulling you to sleep


And sing lullaby's to you
And serenade you with soothing lullabies


Oh dee lay-ee-I oh lay-ee oh oh lay-ee
Continuing the joyful and melodic vocalization with enthusiasm




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Written by: Georges Brassens

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regierdi

What a treat!! I have asked the computer for this song before---just finding it now! Love these great old songs---1928---WOW!

GravityAngel

0:13 My baby I know that you want me
Each lonely night and day
Your dear blue eyes how they haunt me
Though you're far away

0:36 Oh why did she take you away from my arms
And leave nothing to cherish there
She's left me so blue but when she took you too
It seemed more than I could bear

1:00 My baby I want you tonight dear
After my work is through
To rock you to sleep in my arms dear
And sing lullaby's to you

1:22 I-dee-ho-lay-ee, oh-dee-oh-dee-ee-ee-lay-oh-ee-ee
I-dee-lay-dee-ho-lay-ee, dee-oh-dee-oh-lay-ee-oh-lay-ee
Dee-oh-dee-oh-lay-ee-ee-oh-lay-ee-ee

1:54 I dream of your baby caresses
Dimples and golden hair
I reach out to clasp you in my arms
And find only emptiness there

2:16 Your future has been the chief aim of my life
You'll never know what it means
My plans and my schemes are all blasted it seems
For you are mine only in dreams

2:39 My baby I want you tonight dear
After my work is through
To rock you to sleep in my arms dear
And sing lullaby's to you

3:01 Oh-dee-lay-ee-I-oh-lay-ee-oh-oh-lay-ee

idlejuneify

My uncle Frank used to sing this, he loved all the old country and western songs. He taught me to play guitar and I, in turn, taught my children, Hank Williams was my favourite. Thanks for putting this on:-)

Wayne Sanchez

I was weaned on Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. When my daughter was a baby, her mother lied about abuse and separated from me, taking my baby with her. Eventually I got custody every other weekend. I'd rock my precious little girl, sing her this song, and cry like a baby. God came through, though, and I have custody now! BTW Jimmie co-wrote this and other songs with his sister-in-law.

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