Golden Slumbers

Lyrics

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise.
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
"Rock them, rock them, lullaby".

Care is heavy, therefore sleep you;
You are care, and care must keep you;
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
"Rock them, rock them, lullaby".

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Information About Golden Slumbers

"Golden Slumbers" is an old English poem written by Thomas Dekker, which features in a play called 'Patient Grissel' by Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, and William Haughton, and was first printed in 1603. The plot of the play is a variant of a medieval tale found in Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'.

This very poem's lyrics were the inspiration for the Paul McCartney song of the same name found on The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album of 1969.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This is another version you can sing if little baby is still awake

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles await you when you rise.
Sleep, pretty baby, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby.

Cares you know not, therefore sleep,
while over you a watch I'll keep.
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby.

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slnyhus, United States of America

6 June 2014 at 8:34pm

I would like a copy of the music w/lyrics for this song. Is there one available? This song used to be in a Holt-Rinehart music book that I used when teaching, but it's not in the newer books. I'd like to use it in a re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, using instruments, children, and songs and other material from the Holt, Rinehart Grade One Exploring Music and Music Books.

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jaden, United States

27 January 2014 at 11:32pm

Thank you so much I had my harrison audition and this is the only website I could find with the song and I got in!!! thank u S0000 much

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Molly, United States

9 February 2013 at 10:46pm

Ha ha I have the abbey road cassette and guess what year it is? And I am twelve!

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Courtney, United States

27 July 2011 at 7:32pm

I really like the song it's beautiful, but I'd give the video they posted a 1 (if not a 0). I'd suggest finding another one on Youtube or something. I found a beautiful one on Youtube by "Swanlilly".

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Lisa, Australia

29 October 2010 at 5:19am

This is my favourite version of this lullaby. I sing it to my daughter every night and she loves it. Golden slumbers kiss your eyes; Smiles await you when you rise. Sleep pretty baby, Do not cry, And I will sing a lullaby. Cares you know not, therefore sleep; While over you a watch I'll keep. Sleep pretty darling, Do not cry, And I will sing a lullaby.

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