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Bressay Lullaby Lyrics

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A bonny boat

A sleepy song

A summer lullaby

All the little ones are sleeping

All the pretty little horses

All through the night

Ally bally bee

At the gate of heaven / La puerta del cielo

Baby beds

Baby bye, here’s a fly

Baby’s bed’s a silver moon

Baloo baleerie

Barn sull / Child’s lullaby

Barnyard lullaby

Bed is too small


Black sheep, black sheep

Bossy-cow, bossy-cow

Brahms’ lullaby

Bye, baby bunting

Bye, bye, baby, baby bye

Last updated: 3/6/2018 4:47 PM

The songs below are compiled, illustrated and sometimes adapted by Dany Rosevear

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A bonny boat🔊

The moon as a boat is a common theme around the world.

A poem by Margaret Johnson from ‘A child’s own book of verse’ book 1, published 1917. Music by Dany Rosevear.

1. Raise a finger for each number. Cup hands and move gently from side to side. Move hands like waves past each other. 2. Raise a finger for each number. Point to head then self. Continue rocking hands and then shape the sun and move hands as before.

One, two, three!

A bonny boat I see;

A silver boat, and all afloat

Upon a rosy sea.

One, two, three!

The riddle tell to me.

The moon afloat is the bonny boat,

The sunset is the sea.

A sleepysong 🔊

This tune from a Czech folk song will make you feel very sleepy. These English words are written by Herbert Wiseman for ‘A third sixty songs forlittle children’ published 1960.

I love the grandfather clock:

Hark to its sleepy “tick-tock”,

Drowsy and still in my warm bed I lie,

And I watch the bright stars in the sky.

Now the moon’s over the hill,

Even the crickets are still;

But in the corner the grandfather clock

Never ceases its drowsy “tick-tock”.

A summer lullaby🔊

Written by in 1930 by Eudora S. Bumstead these lovely verses can be found in ‘A book of a thousand poems’. It can also be found in ‘Primary music and worship’ published by Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, Philadelphia, Penn., 1930.

The words and title have been changed by others considerably since then to include bees and other ideas.

The sun has gone from the shining skies;

Bye, baby, bye,

The dandelions have closed their eyes;

Bye, baby, bye.

The stars are lighting their lamps to see

If babies and squirrels and birds, all three,

Are sound asleep as they ought to be.

Bye, baby, bye.

The squirrel keeps warm in a coat of grey;

Bye, baby, bye.

He wears it by night as well as by day;

Bye, baby, bye.

The robin sleeps in his feathers and down,

With a warm red breast and wings of brown;

But baby wears a little white gown.

Bye, baby, bye.

The squirrel’s nest is an old oak tree,

Bye, baby, bye,

And there he sleeps as snug as can be,

Bye, baby, bye;

The robin's nest is high overhead,

Where the leafy boughs of maple spread,

But my baby's nest is a little white bed.

Bye, baby, bye.


All through the night, all through the night,

All the little ones are sleeping.

All through the night, all through the night,

All the little ones are sleeping.

In a hole down underground,

Little bunnies can be found.


Sparrow sleeps up in a tree,

My warm bed is best for me.


Bless the babes and beasts and birds,

All small things that have no words.


Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,

Go to sleep my little baby.

When you wake, you shall have,

All the pretty little horses.

Dapples and greys, pintos and bays,

Coach and six-a little horses.

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,

Go to sleep my little baby.

Way down yonder, in the meadow,

There’s a poor little lambie;

Birds and butterflies flutter round his eyes,

Poor little thing is cryin' "Mamie".

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,

Go to sleep my little baby.

When you wake, you shall have,

All the pretty little horses.

All through the night🔊

This tune was first recorded in 1784, the Welsh lyrics were written later. Find out more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ar_Hyd_y_NosThe English lyrics below were beautifully written in Victorian times (1884) by Sir Harold Boulton; they have been very slightly adapted here for a more secular audience.

Sleep, my love and peace attend thee,

All through the night.

Guardian angels dusk will send thee,

All through the night;

Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,

Hill and vale in slumber steeping,

I, my loving vigil keeping,

All through the night.

While the moon her watch is keeping,

All through the night.

While the weary world is sleeping,

All through the night;

As the stars go gently stealing,

Visions of delight revealing,

Breathes a pure and tender feeling,

All through the night.

Scottish Children's Songs

20 Traditional Celtic Lullabies And Children's Songs

Are you looking for something just that little bit different? Something just that little bit Celtic, perhaps?

From the rolling Highlands and distant islands to the lowland cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland is a nation where the ancient and the modern rub shoulders.

This collection reflects all aspects of Scotland's unique character. From the supernatural to the surreal. Mythical sea monsters to Celtic dream gods. Reverence to irreverence. Cheeky playground songs to ancient highland lullabies. Robert Burns to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

In over an hour of music, you can take your kids all over Scotland and get them home in time for tea (mince and tatties, naturally).

This album is a must for children or for anybody with an interest in traditional Scottish songs.

Download this collection of traditional Celtic kid's songs using the buttons below, and transport your kids to Scotland.

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Songs on this album are:

TwinkleTrax Scottish Children's Songs - 20 Traditional Celtic Lullabies And Children's Songs
TwinkleTrax's Scottish Children's Songs should come with a warning label. This album is a dangerously infectious collection of fun songs for children and adults. Once you start listening to it, you won't want to turn it off. The album is comprised of twenty songs, some fun rollicking Scottish folk songs and other lullabies. The songs were produced and performed by Douglas Milne with the help of Helen Raw. Douglas plays all the instruments and sings (mostly the folk songs). Helen Raw is the beautiful voice lulling us all to sleep. The first song on the album is the fun and fast paced "Aiken Drum," an old Scottish folk song and nursery rhyme. The percussion will get your toes tapping and the lyrics will delight the little ones. After all, Aiken Drum's clothing are made out of a variety of edible things, like goat cream cheese, penny loaves and roast beef! "Coulter's Candy" is another Scottish folk song, sung by Helen Raw. It is one of the more spirited songs that she has lead vocals on. This song is not only fun to sing, but it also has a history. It was written in the 1800's as an advertising jingle! But if you are looking for the most fun song of the bunch, it has to be "Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff The Bus." The melody and lyrics are both so infectious that you will be singing along about pushing various relatives, except yer granny, off buses! It's songs like that one that will really delight kids of all ages. Sure there are songs that are geared towards the younger crowd like "Cock A Doodle Doo" and "Wee Willie Winkie," and those are great too, but it takes a special song to cross the age boundaries. "The Broon Coo" is another song with that great combination of fun lyrics, that unless you are Scottish or have Scottish friends, you probably won't understand. In fact, you'll probably be wondering exactly what a broon coo is. "Katie Beardie" is fun lyric sung to the tune of "London Bridge." One of the more modern songs is "Green Grow The Rashes, O". The song is an adaptation of Robert Burns' poem. Douglas proves he can sing something other than the traditional folk song. This tune has an almost folk/pop sound. When the album focuses on the lullabies, you are in for a treat. Helen Raw's voice is stunning. Listening to her can easily wash away the stresses of the day. She shares vocals with Douglas on "Dream Angus" and the results are nothing short of perfection. If "Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny" is perfection on the folk front, "Dream Angus" is perfection on the lullaby front. Both voices blend together well. Helen has a voice that can be compared to some of Celtic/New Age music's biggest stars, such as Enya and Máire Brennan. Her rendition of "Amazing Grace" can only be described as a religious experience. "Can Ye Sew Cushions" is another lullaby. It is an old Scottish song of a mother singing to her child while her husband is at sea. The baby talk lyrics give the song an otherworldly tone. The album ends with "Baloo Baleerie," a beautiful Scottish lullaby that sends the fairies off so the children can sleep and summons the angels to watch over them. It is a fitting way to close the album that started off with a more lively tune. The album may be called Scottish Children's Songs but it is really much more than that. It is a way to introduce children to some Scottish history. Many of these songs have interesting stories behind them. Kids can have fun learning about a different country while singing a great song. This is definitely a must have for parents with grade school aged children, or just people with a fondness for Scottish folk songs.
Andrea Guy - Mossip

I bought this for my grandson but it's a great hit with adults and children alike. Sadly most of these songs are not known to many young children today. Good to see them being preserved for everyone.

I love this modern take on traditional Scottish songs. It's bright and breezy and you just have to jig along with each track. Definitely not just for children, adults will love this. Good for Scottish themed parties.

Good CD of old playground songs. My grandson is learning some of them at nursery and this CD is helping him to learn them

out in germany and i want my kids to keep their scottish roots. classics such as you cannae shove yer granny af the bus etc will help do it.

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