Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

Album: River Of Dreams (1993)
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  • Goodnight my angel, time to close your eyes
    And save these questions for another day
    I think I know what you've been asking me
    I think you know what I've been trying to say
    I promised I would never leave you
    Then you should always know
    Wherever you may go, no matter where you are
    I never will be far away

    Goodnight my angel, now it's time to sleep
    And still so many things I want to say
    Remember all the songs you sang for me
    When we went sailing on an emerald bay
    And like a boat out on the ocean
    I'm rocking you to sleep
    The water's dark and deep, inside this ancient heart
    You'll always be a part of me

    Goodnight my angel, now it's time to dream
    And dream how wonderful your life will be
    Someday your child may cry, and if you sing this lullaby
    Then in your heart there will always be a part of me
    Someday we'll all be gone
    But lullabies go on and on
    They never die
    That's how you and I will be Writer/s: Billy Joel
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 22

  • Ea from DetroitMy grandpa is a huge Billy Joel fan, he made me one too, when he sang this song for me when I was a baby. He recorded himself singing it for me so I always have it, and I listen to it at least once a week. "Someday we'll all be gone but lullabies go on and on, they never die, that's how you and I will be" tugs on my heart every time
  • Karen Easton from Washington Such a meaningful song
  • Valarie from Ky, Usa This song means the world to me my dad loves music and as a small child he would sing this song to me help me sleep this was our bound billy joel. I now have kids of my own and every night before we go to sleep we always sing this song...so you could say billy is part of our life and continue to be..
  • Rylee from UsaMy father isn't the best communicator, but he can always find the right card or the perfect song. Billy Joel's Lullaby is my song, and I love it. My Abba gave me this song in a way that's hard to explain, but I always know he cares, that he loves me, even if he has a hard time saying so. Thank you, Mr Joel, for sharing this gift for your daughter with all daughters
  • Bill from Miami, FlThis song was out in late 1993. It was playing in the ears of my Partner when he died of AIDS as I held him in May of 1994. If it was truly about his 1995 divorce, he would have had to have written it a good 3+ years before the divorce, regardless of what he later said.
  • Doug from SomervilleForget the details of the when...listen to the song and think about the why.. Answering the question of a 7 year old...what happens when we die? The words and the melody of his song, I believe, provides the answer that is needed for everyone who wonders. We become part of the hearts of those that loved us.
    Think about that...don't you think about those you have lost with fond memories....a feeling from your heart about them? The answer he provides is from my opinion, the best answer of all!!! It brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear this song....
  • Maureen from PhiladelphiaActually heard this morning on the Sirius XM channel 30, which is the billy Joel channel right now, why it was written. The explanation was actually from Billy himself (he was speaking)...he said it was to help his daughter understand that even though her mom and he were getting a divorce he would always be there for her.
  • James from Chicago, TxJustin from Philly....Actually Joel explained in an interview that this was also about his divorce. He even says "But also this was during a time when her mom and I were splitting up" verbatim. The lyrics "I promised I would never leave you" are a reference to his response that came when his daughter asked "Daddy, will you ever leave me" which refers to her daughters viewpoint of the divorce.
  • Tacey from New Milford, NjBenjamin, please leave religion out of it. I didn't come here to get redeemed.
  • Finn from Dublin, IrelandThis is a beautiful song...if you want to hear Billy tell about it, watch this video http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x50ujs_lullabye-billy-joel_music
  • Benjamin from Cleveland, OhThis is a really beautiful song. I think it's sad that this was the answer he gave his daughter's question about where we go when we die. Kids should be told the truth about Jesus being the way to Heaven. John 3:16
  • Randy from Reading, PaI heard him talk about it, he said his Alexa his daughter asked him what happens when you die. This was his answer.
  • Nikki from Ny, FlThis song tears me up, after my fathers death last month - and being from LI like Billy, I grew up a fan like my parents. Although my father never literally sang this song to me, all Billy Joel has been a reminecent of my dad... this one kills me and I will sing it to my kids!
  • Mike Hughes from Cincinnati, OhWhen he was on Inside the Actor's Studio he said that it was written for both the question on death and for helping his daughter to cope with the divorce.
  • Carl Gurney from St Albans, United StatesNever mind what these people say, hear it from the man himself! Billy Joel talking about how this song relates to his daughters question and his break up with his wife ;-) Who was it that wrote "NOTHING" in capital letters ^^
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nprteZX80tk&mode=related&search=
  • Me from There, PaThis song has NOTHING to do with divorce...it has to do with ALEXA ;)
  • Tony from Waukesha, WiBilly Joel had a good relationship with Christie at the time of this album being released. In fact, Christie Brinkley painted the cover for the "River of Dreams" album. This song is, however, a direct response to Alexa's question about death. If you listen to the lyrics you will understand this. If you have children and they ask you this question you need to provide them with a comforting thought instead of harsh truth. This is the trigger for lyrics as "Then in your heart there will always be a part of me"
  • Roxanne from Southwest, FlI saw a special on television with Billy Joel, taped in 2001. He said the song was written because his daughter asked about what happens when people die, and he explained that they lived on in others' hearts. This was right after the 9/11 teagedies. He started to perform it and could not finish it because he was in tears. The whole audience was also.
  • Marcella from Philly, Paum actually billy and christie divorced in 1994. and the song was about his divorce because it takes about two years for a divorce to become official.
  • Madison from Atlanta, GaI really dont care when this song was written or whether its supposed to deal with his divorce or not. The beautiful thing about music is that the writer writes it to deal with his life, and we listen to it to deal with our lives. We have the freedom to hear the words and interpret what we feel applies to us.
  • Chris from Boston, MaBilly has been talking about this being about his daughter and their IMPENDING divorce for years. And that's two years after it was released, not written.
  • Justin from Philadelphia, PaBilly divorced Christie Brinkley in 1995 two years after this song was written. There is no way this song deals with that.
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