Brahms Lullaby

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Information About Brahms Lullaby

Brahms Lullaby is probably one of the most recognizable songs on Earth. It has been sung to small children around the world for generations. The song was published in 1868, and carried the nickname of 'Cradle Song'.

The lullaby was named after it's composer, Johannes Brahms. He titled the piece 'Weigenlied: Guten Abend, Gute Nocht', which translates to 'Good evening, good night'. The lyrics to the first verse were based off a collection of German poems called 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'. The second stanza was added in 1849 by George Scherer.

Brahms dedicated the lullaby to his friend Bertha Faber, for the birth of her second son. He wrote the melody around an older folk song she used to sing to him when they were younger. It was publicly performed for the first time on December 22, 1869 by Louise Dustmann (singer) and Clara Schumann (piano).

The tune to Brahms Lullaby is also commonly used to sing the Hebrew words of Jacobs blessing to his grandchildren (Genesis 48:16). This blessing is incorporated into the 'Bedtime Shema', a Jewish lullaby. The name Brahms Lullaby, or Cradle Song, is used for a number of other lullaby's that are based on the same basic tune. You can look for other classic lullaby's here.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This is a lullaby with a Christian view point

Roses whisper "goodnight"
'neath the sil'vry light
asleep on the dew
they hide from our view
when the dawn peepeth through
God will wake them and you
when the dawn peepeth through
God will wake them and you.

Slumber deeply my dear
For the angels are near
to watch over you
the silent night through
and to bear you above
to the dreamland of love
and to bear you above
to the dreamland of love.

Original German Lyrics

Guten Abend, gute Nacht, Mit Rosen bedacht,
Mit Naeglein besteckt, schlupf unter die Deck'
Morgen frueh, wenn Gott will, wirst du wieder geweckt
Morgen frueh, wenn Gott will, wirst du wieder geweckt.

Guten Abend, gute Nacht, Von Englein bewacht
Die zeigen im Traum, dir Christkindleins Baum
Schlaf nun selig und suess, Schau im Traum's Paradies
Schlaf nun selig und suess, Schau im Traum's Paradies.

You can add this as additional lyrics or as a short version of the lullaby

"When at night I go to sleep,
Fourteen angels watch do keep-
Two to whom are given,
To guide my steps to Heaven".

Here's another Christian version with the use of "thou"

Lullaby and good night
with roses bed night
climb into thy bed
there pillow thy head
If God will, thou will wake
when the morning doth break
If God will thou will wake
when the morning doth break.

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rebirv, Massachusetts, USA

13 August 2014 at 9:59pm

I learned a lullaby in school that began, I think: Lullaby and goodnight, two trees rose bright and it ended: And a gain if God wilt shall thou wake in the morn, And a gain if God wilt shall thou wake in the morn. Can anybody give me the full lyrics? Thank you.

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Mags, U.k.

1 July 2014 at 5:16pm

When I was young we used to sing a different version of this lullaby it went like this. As I kiss thee goodnight, bright stars shed their light, the roses dew deep, their star light to keep. I just can't remember any more of it but if any one knows the rest of the verse I would be delighted to hear it.

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Suzy, Australia

22 May 2014 at 9:53am

I learnt this on the piano as a teenager and the lyrics I learnt which I know sing to my 2 year old son are: " lullaby, and goodnight Go to bed now and sleep tight Close your eyes and start to yawn Pleasant dreams until the dawn When the sun lights the sky You will wake feeling nigh Start the day with a smile Life is really worthwhile "

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Shirlyn, Philippines

13 April 2013 at 2:45pm

wow! what a beautiful song...supah llike it...=D

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Jade, United States

20 October 2012 at 6:21am

Lullaby and goodnight, go to sleep little baby Like a flower in it's bed Lay down your sweet head And when the moorning is neeaar I will wake you my dear And when the mooooorning is neeeear I will waake you my dear <3 the way my mommy sings it :)

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Ash, Philippines

19 July 2012 at 11:40pm

I love this song...

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Linda, United States

13 July 2012 at 11:11pm

I have hummed this song many a night couldn't remember the name of it or all the words.Thanks for solving a mystery for me!

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Glesie, Philippines

25 February 2012 at 7:53am

my angel's favorite lullaby...:) like it...

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Mini, Bhutan

22 January 2012 at 4:55am

Gd web ! :)

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Cathy, United States

8 August 2011 at 2:44am

I have a 4 month old son and this is the song I always hum to him to help him go to sleep. I didn't know the words or the name of it,but it almost always works to put my little guy to sleep. I think I'll try to learn the lyrics just for fun. Such a soothing song.

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Rhonda, Australia

4 August 2011 at 2:50am

I LOVE this song i never knew the correct lyrics but picked up bits from everywhere. I have sung this song to my sweet Ashlynn ever ince she was born and that was 3 yrs ago I still sing it to her when she goes to bed. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I hear her trying to sing to her "babies". We call it "the Hush-a-bye song"

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Mairead, United Kingdom

7 May 2011 at 5:59pm

I played this on the violin for my little sister, and my cousin used to sing it to me when my parents were gone, and I couldn't sleep because I was crying. I sing it in German and Gaelic and English. My sister wanted me to make up a Turkish version for her, and now that shes gone, I will sing a Turkish version at her funeral, since it was her favorite song.

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K Slo, United States

11 March 2011 at 3:32am

My British Grandmother used to sing this song to me. Her lyrics were: Hush a bye Close your eyes For the Angels are near to watch over you the silent night through Then she would hum the rest...if she did sing more I don't remember because I was out cold. :-) RIP Nana Joan. I love you.

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Gayle Whelan, United States

26 February 2011 at 1:25am

Lullaby and good night, go to sleep my sweet baby, hushaby, close your eyes, the sandman will soon be here. Lullaby and good night, go to sleep my sweet baby, hushaby, close your eyes, go to sleep baby dear. Those were my words for singing this song to my five sons so many years ago. Listening to this made my cry. Beautifully done. Thanks!

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Randal, Cocos (keeling) Islands

23 February 2011 at 2:09am

Love it hahahahaha

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Sally Saili-motu, Australia

23 February 2011 at 2:07am

o.om.g i these songs totally gives me memorys from back in the days when my mum use to sing to meh wen i was only hmmm proly 1 or 2 years of age.. well i kinda miss it.. swt im owt.

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Sam Johnson, Samoa

23 February 2011 at 2:05am

o au e fiafia e usu le pese lea i lou atli'i e fiafia lava o ia e faalogo i lou pese ia te ia faafetai i lo outou lagolago mai alofaaga..

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Jesicca Williams, Samoa

23 February 2011 at 2:02am

i love singing this to my daughter and ahe always smile when she goes to bed afther i sing it cause she knows her mommys got a nice no im kiidding

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Roy Hess, Peru

28 January 2011 at 2:54am

I need translate the Altenative lyrics in spanish... thanks

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Shirley, United States

15 January 2011 at 6:55pm

Does anyone have the guitar chords for this lullaby? I'm trying to learn the chords for my new grandson who is due any minute now.

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.