Prairie Lullaby
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Shadows slowly creeping down
The prairie trail
Everything is sleeping - ah
But the nightingale

Moon will soon be climbing in the purple sky
Night winds all a humming this tender lullaby
Cares of the day have fled
My little sleepyhead stars are in the sky
Time that the prayers were said
My little sleepyhead to a prairie lullaby

Saddle up your pony sandman's here
To guide you down the trail of dreams
Tumble in bed my tired my little sleepyhead
To a prairie lullaby

Saddle up your pony sandman's here
To guide you down the trail of dreams




Tumble in bed my tired my little sleepyhead
To a prairie lullaby

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers's song "Prairie Lullaby" create a peaceful and soothing atmosphere that paints a picture of the prairie at nighttime. It begins by describing the shadows creeping down the prairie trail, indicating that the day is coming to an end and everything is falling asleep. However, amidst the tranquility, the nightingale continues to sing, representing the beauty and resilience of nature even in the stillness of the night.


As the moon starts its ascent in the purple sky, the night winds hum a gentle lullaby, creating a serene ambiance that is perfect for lulling someone to sleep. The cares and worries of the day have disappeared, making way for a peaceful night. The stars in the sky signify the passage of time, indicating that it is now the moment to say prayers. The lyrics affectionately refer to the listener as "my little sleepyhead," emphasizing the tenderness and care with which the lullaby is being sung.


The chorus repeats the imagery of the sandman, a mythical character who comes to guide children to sleep, guiding the listener down the trail of dreams. "Tumble in bed," suggests a sense of inviting the listener to let go of their tiredness and surrender themselves to sleep. The repetition of "my little sleepyhead" in the outro reinforces the loving and soothing nature of the lullaby, as if the singer is gently reassuring and comforting the listener into a peaceful slumber.


Line by Line Meaning

Shadows slowly creeping down
The darkness is slowly spreading across the prairie


The prairie trail
The path that goes through the prairie


Everything is sleeping - ah
All is quiet and still


But the nightingale
Except for the nightingale singing


Moon will soon be climbing in the purple sky
The moon will soon rise in the sky which has a purple hue


Night winds all a humming this tender lullaby
The gentle night winds are singing this soothing lullaby


Cares of the day have fled
The worries of the day have disappeared


My little sleepyhead stars are in the sky
My dear child who is sleepy, the stars are shining in the sky


Time that the prayers were said
It is time to say our prayers


My little sleepyhead to a prairie lullaby
My dear child who is sleepy, let's listen to a lullaby of the prairie


Saddle up your pony sandman's here
Get ready on your pony, the sandman is here


To guide you down the trail of dreams
To lead you on the path of your dreams


Tumble in bed my tired my little sleepyhead
Let yourself fall into bed, my tired little one


To a prairie lullaby
And listen to a lullaby of the prairie




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Comments from YouTube:

@MaKaLa21764

My mother & dad used to sing this to us to go to sleep when we were young. We didn’t have any other lullaby. 😊

@karend4406

❤❤❤ that is amazing you are so blessed

@billybatson9619

My favorite lullaby Jimmie...!!!

@karend4406

Amazing

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