Rock All Our Babies to Sleep
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Show me the lady that never would roam
Away from her fireside at night
And never go roaming out after the boys
But would sit by her fireside so bright
My wife, she is one of a different kind
Often caused me a lot of grief
She's oft' from her home
And she leaves me alone
To rock all our babies to sleep

Just the other night while out for a walk
I happened to stroll down the street
And to my surprise i saw with me eyes
My wife with a man of six feet
She says, "It's no harm don't raise no alarm
Don't make any fuss on the street"
She tickled my chin told me to go in
And rock all our babies to sleep

I remember one night when I came back home
I came in as quiet as a lamb
They must have had comp'ny for
When I walked in
I heard the back door when it slammed
I walked right in and looked all around
I never thought that she would cheat




Without a doubt she had just gone out
And left all our babies asleep

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers's song "Rock All Our Babies to Sleep" tell a story of a man who is frustrated and saddened by his wife's constant desire to leave their home and go out with other men. The song opens with the singer expressing his longing for a woman who would stay by the fireside at night and not venture out after the "boys." He then reveals that his own wife is not like that - she frequently leaves him alone and takes off, leaving him to care for their children and rock them to sleep.


In the second verse, the singer narrates an incident where he sees his wife with another man while out for a walk. She tries to reassure him that there is no cause for alarm, but he is clearly bothered by her behavior. Despite her pleas, he is left with the responsibility to rock their babies to sleep.


The final verse recalls another night when the singer returns home quietly but discovers that his wife has left once again, leaving their sleeping babies behind. The frustration and disappointment in his voice are evident, as he expresses his realization that she has cheated on him.


This song highlights the emotions of betrayal and abandonment experienced by the singer, which are likely relatable to many who have faced similar situations. It paints a picture of a troubled relationship in which one partner cannot resist the urge to roam, leaving the other with the burden of caring for their family.


Line by Line Meaning

Show me the lady that never would roam
I challenge you to find a woman who never wanders away


Away from her fireside at night
Leaving her cozy home during the evening


And never go roaming out after the boys
And never going out in search of companionship with other men


But would sit by her fireside so bright
Instead choosing to stay by the warm fire at home


My wife, she is one of a different kind
My wife is unique in her ways


Often caused me a lot of grief
Often leading to me feeling distress and sorrow


She's oft' from her home
She often leaves her household


And she leaves me alone
Leaving me without her company


To rock all our babies to sleep
To care for and soothe our children until they fall asleep


Just the other night while out for a walk
Recently, during a leisurely stroll


I happened to stroll down the street
I found myself walking along the road


And to my surprise i saw with me eyes
And to my astonishment, I witnessed


My wife with a man of six feet
My wife with a tall man


She says, "It's no harm don't raise no alarm
She reassured me, saying there was no wrongdoing or need for concern


Don't make any fuss on the street"
Urging me not to cause a scene in public


She tickled my chin told me to go in
She playfully touched my chin and instructed me to go inside


And rock all our babies to sleep
And comfort our children until they sleep


I remember one night when I came back home
I recall a particular night when I returned to my house


I came in as quiet as a lamb
I entered without making a sound


They must have had comp'ny for
There must have been visitors because


When I walked in
Upon my arrival


I heard the back door when it slammed
I heard the sound of the back door closing forcefully


I walked right in and looked all around
I immediately entered and scanned the area


I never thought that she would cheat
I never expected her to betray my trust


Without a doubt she had just gone out
Certainly, she had recently left


And left all our babies asleep
Leaving our children alone, peacefully resting




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Comments from YouTube:

Okejee

This brings back memories.My grandmother used to play this on the piano. I always loved to hear her play it.

Kathleen Barney

Love this my mum would sing this to me 60yrs or more ago I thought she made it up good old Jimmy Rodgers xxxx

Vinayak Srivastav

This is what encouraged legandary singer Kishore Kumar to yodel 🔥

Subarna Parajuli

Beautiful

ejdiii333

I am copying a VHS tape to DVD of our local old time country band practicing at my house back in April 1991, My Grandmother asks me if we know this Jimmie Rodgers song, it was her favorite back in her teens (1932), we did not, know that one, but i always remember her asking it, and today I just came across that time, I had not known it was while we were videotaping,.

Gunnar Anderson

You should post it to youtube!

Retro Melodies

Yodelling 👌

Lorne Bain

👍👍

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Riley Puckett recorded this tune in 1924 without the yodel of course.

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Kishor Kumar ❤❤

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