Wings of Slumber

by Banana Slug String Band

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These unusual lullabies make a terrific holiday gift for someone with little ones. People tell us that adults enjoy the songs as much as their children do.

Winner of numerous awards (see below).

This collection of bedtime lullabies use vivid nature images and soothing melodies to take children to a place of warmth and security. This album was recorded with special guests George Winston, Laurie Lewis, George Kahumoku and many others. Sing along to your children with this collection at bed time!

* iParenting Media Award
* Parents' Choice Silver Award
* NAPPA Gold Award!
* Earlychildhood NEWS Director's Choice Award
* Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award
* Grammy Nominated

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released January 1, 2004

“Airy” Larry Graff – guitar, bass & vocals
Doug “Dirt” Greenfield – bass & vocals
“Solar” Steve Van Zandt – guitar, vocals & banjo
“Marine” Mark Nolan – mandolin, dulcimer & vocals

Special Guests
George Winston – piano
Laurie Lewis – violin, vocals
George Kahumoku – guitar, vocals
Barry Phillips – cello
Shelley Phillips – penny whistle, English horn, flute
Jesse Autumn – harp
Janet Herman – vocals
Gayle Clark – vocals
Jonathan Arthur- vocals, guitar
Ariel Theirmann – vocals
Gary Kehoe – drums
Jon Kennedy – keyboards
Adam Rose – violin
Greg “Otter” Hodapp – pipes, concertina
Tom Rozom – vocals

Kids Choir
Kayla Graff
Kaitlin Greenfield
Melody Arenson
Nellie Markarian
Julian Arthur

All words and music written by Steve Van Zandt
Except “Swimming with Whales” – music by George Winston
Vocal arrangement by Jonathan Arthur
Flute & cello arrangement on “Wings of Slumber” by Barry Phillips

Hawai’ian translation by George Kahumoko
Produced, engineered and mixed by Jonathan Arthr
Executive Produce – Larry Graff
Assistant Producers – Steve Van Zandt, Doug Greenfield, Larry Graff
Recorded at Wrenwing studio
Mixed at Bear Creek Studio
Master by Ken Lee
Cover Illustration by Jesse Sweetwater
Design & Layout – Bonno Bernard

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Track Name: Mother Nature's Lullaby
MOTHER NATURE’S LULLABY by S. Van Zandt

Croak, croak, croaking
Frogs are float, float, floating
In the pond they’re croaking a tune


Glow, glow, glowing
Stars are show, show, showing
Above the pond they’re glowing with the moon

Chorus: I lay down, my bed on the ground
My ceiling is the sky
I fall asleep to a voice so sweet
Mother nature’s lullaby

Howl, howl, howling
In the wind I hear it sounding
Coyote’s lonesome wailing call

Whirl, whirl, whirling
In the trees the breeze is swirling
As the leaves let go and gently fall

Chorus…..

Crickets chirping
while the creek goes blurping
As the owl wings softly in its flight

When the sun sinks low
I will always go
Into the harmony of night

Chorus…..

©2004 Slug Music (BMI)
All rights reserved.
Track Name: Wings of Slumber
WINGS OF SLUMBER by S. Van Zandt


Chorus:
A dream is a story a dream is a song
Ride along on this journey of wonder
Flying through the night into the breaking of the dawn
As we spread these wings of slumber

Rocking in our boat it’s a lazy breeze while the dolphins jump and play
Look across the sea to the coconut trees swaying in an emerald bay
Rainbow fish on the green coral reef flap their fins and point the way
As we sail through the waves and land upon the shore, here in the isle of Day
Chorus….

On the soft warm sand our bare feet run down the dunes we jump and slide
With a whistle and a shout our ponies come to take us for a ride
We race with the wind across the beach while the sea birds rise and glide
Golden sand and a golden mane in the white spray ocean tide

Chorus….

Now a treasure chest buried on the beach holds a magic pearl
Sleep is the key to unlock that box and let your dreams unfurl
Sing to the moon and dance with a star, with the wind we sway and swirl
In the moment of a breath and a blink of the eye we can travel ‘round the world

Chorus….
Track Name: Up They Get to My Sunset
UP THEY GET TO MY SUNSET by S. Van Zandt

Chorus:
The sun goes down, down, down, down
Because the earth goes round, round , round
Folks like me across the sea
Up they get to my sunset
I close my eyes to their sunrise

Chorus……

Across the sea, folks like me
Their day begins when my day ends
Day has begun when my day’s done Chorus……

Across the seas people like me
Their rooster crows when my sun sinks low
Their dawn breaks with my night’s embrace Chorus……

People everywhere we all share
This warm sunlight the starlight night
These golden beams and our sweet dreams Chorus……

You and me together we
Take our rest in hopefulness
New day will come to everyone Chorus……

Tag; Sun on the ocean sinks low then it is gone
Nighttime comes softly with darkness and sweet song
Sleep is the palette to paint our dreams on
Hope is a promise for the new light of dawn

We are children of the night
We are children of the sun
We are blessed with the gift of light
In this we are as one

We are children of the sun
We are children of the night
In sleep we peacefully are one
We pray for the new days light

Sun comes up sun goes down
Moon comes up big and round
Nighttime comes a lullaby
Sleep, sleep close your eyes
Dream, dream, close your eyes
Dream, sleep lullaby
Track Name: Return to Me In the Morning
RETURN TO ME IN THE MORNING by S. Van Zandt

A snow white bird will soar down low
With moonlight feathers glowing
And lift you up where, ‘ere you may go
And return to me in the morning

You may travel to a land that is very near
Where the corn is green and growing
Where song and laughter fill the air
And return to me in the morning

You may travel to a land that is very far
Where the night is brightly showing
And stop to play on a distant star
And return to me in the morning

Wherever you may go wherever you may roam
One thing you should be knowing
I’ll be here when you come home
And return to me in the morning
Track Name: Swimming With Whales
Sometimes
When you go to bed at night
Do you lay there and stare because
Things don’t seem right?
You stare at the ceiling
You stare at the door
Your eyes won’t stay closed
So you stare some more
Your pillow is lumpy
There’s sand in your sheets
Your blankets don’t cover your two bare feet
Too hot, too cold
Too cool, too warm
You toss and turn wiggle and squirm
Barking dogs
Croaking frogs
Moons too bright
There’s too much light
So there you lie
You lie and think
Mouth’s too dry
You need a drink
You try counting sheep
But you just can’t sleep

Now when I’m in this situation
For me the key is imagination
It’s a trick
That never fails
I go down to the sea and I swim with whales
Whales, all kinds of whales
I swim with whales

Humpback, Finback, Orca and grey
Narwal, Bowhead, Beaked, Minke, Sei
Sperm Whale, Dolphin, the little porpoise too
The Right Whale and Pilot, the White and the Blue
These are the whales that swim with me
They move along so gracefully
These are the whales that swim with me
Whales of beauty in the big blue sea


Spouts go up as we plunge down
Through the foam
We roam
This ocean home
We feel the rush
Of water at our sides
A bubbly whoosh
A kick a glide
A ride so smooth and dream like
It seems like
Another world down there, where
The giant kelp sways and otters play
Way down below
Where the lantern fish glow
We float so still
So quiet in that liquid night
Below the reach of the sun’s warm light

Then back up we stream
Back toward the lights splintered beams
Through the ceiling of water we burst and fly
Exploding upward into sky
We pound back down to end our flight
Plumes of spray turn blue to white

All is still now and so are we
Except for the breeze that gently blows
It tickles and ripples the surface of the sea
Where bouncing sun flakes shimmer and glow
We rest we roll
To our sides
And rise
Up and down
In the ocean tide

Oh what a journey
Oh what a tale
When I go down to the sea and I swim with whales
Whales, all kinds of whales
I swim with whales
Humpback, Finback, Orca and grey
Narwal, Bowhead, Beaked, Minke, Sei
Sperm Whale, Dolphin, the little porpoise too
The Right Whale and Pilot, the White and the Blue
These are the whales that swim with me
They move along so gracefully
These are the whales that swim with me
Whales of beauty in the big blue sea
Track Name: So Why Aren't You?
The fawn in the meadow like to play all day
But when the sun goes down they hear their mother say
Go and get your rest until the day breaks new
Now the fawn are fast asleep so why aren’t you

Into the night little rabbits stay awake
But even they go to sleep when the hour is late
They cuddle all together until the day breaks new
Now the rabbits in the grass
And the fawn are fast asleep, so why aren’t you

The squirrels jump and play in the old oak tree
But when the sun goes down they curl up in the leaves
All is still until the day breaks new
Now the squirrels are in the branches
And the rabbits in the grass
And the fawn are fast asleep, so why aren’t you

The crow above my garden teases me all day
Swoops down on my corn and I shoo him away
But when the sun goes down until the day breaks new
The crow rests in his nest
And the squirrels are in the branches
And the rabbits in the grass
And the fawn are fast asleep, so why aren’t you

You’ve had warm milk and I’m singing you this song
But I’ll be asleep before very long
Close you eyes and dream your dreams until the day breaks new
Now I’m sleeping by your side
As crow rests in his nest
And the squirrels are in the branches
And the rabbits in the grass
And the fawn are fast asleep, so why aren’t you
Track Name: Singing to the Moon
Down in the mud I wiggle my toes
In every flower I sink my nose
Round and round this world goes
I'm singing to the moon

I hop the creek from rock to rock
I hug a tree and hear it talk
I take a bug out for a walk
I'm singing to the moon

Chorus: Go out in the rain and listen to the thunder
Lie down in the grass and watch the clouds roll by
Reach up to the stars and set your mind to wonder
Of all there is to do in life and all there is to try and soon
You'll be singing to the moon

I crawl along on the forest floor
I take a peek in mole's front door
I eat from snail's grocery store
I'm singing to the moon

I take a swim with my froggy pals
I hoot a song with an old barn owl
Coyote and I you can hear us howl
We're singing to the moon Chorus...

Down where the ocean touches land
I like to roll in the warm white sand
Hey! mister crab let me shake your hand
I'm singing to the moon

Come explore this world with me
There's so much to do so much to see
Jump right in and soon you'll be
Singing to the moon Chorus...
Track Name: A Season's Lullaby
The gentle rain creeps softly by
While baby birds nest warm and dry
We’re flowers closed awaiting light
In the lullaby of a cool spring night

The long day’s heat lingers still
While the meadow wakes with hum and trill
Our cool sheets are loose and light
In the lullaby of a summer night

Wind against the reaching trees
Sets free a dance of golden leaves
Sleep glides down like an owl’s soft flight
In the lullaby of an autumn night

Footsteps crunching in the snow
The barn door squeaks, the fire glows
Grandma’s quilt holds me warm and tight
In the lullaby of a winter night

There’s a song outside in the dark night air
The song inside is the love we share
While safely in our beds we lie
Wrapped in the season’s lullaby
Track Name: Beauty
We watch the sunrise on the hill
While color streaks the dawn
Our hearts rejoice this land of grace
Oh, beauty, carry on

Blue sky wings have taken flight
They’ve given me a song
We soar from darkness into light
Oh beauty carry on

So kiss the beauty of this earth
Where ‘er we walk along
With each new day there is rebirth
Oh beauty carry on

We watch the sunrise on the hill
While color streaks the dawn
Our hearts rejoice this land of grace
Oh beauty carry on
Track Name: This Little Island
This little island is my cradle bed
On the white warm sand I lay my head
My lullaby is the inging breeze
And the rocking, rocking rhythm
Of the blue, blue sea

Keia li’I moku moe pai pai
Pumehana one moe ku’u po’o
Ku’u mele ia pa makani
Pai pai mele o ka lip lipo kai
Track Name: Ready for Your Dreams
We were laughing in the new sun
We were sailing on the sea
We were dancing in the west wind
Now the world is ready for your dreams

We were walking on the mountaintop
Hand in hand just you and me
You rode back down on my shoulders
Now the world is ready for your dreams

We were running in the tall grass
You fell down and scraped your knee
I picked you up and gave a tickle
Now the world is ready for your dreams

So lay your head now on the pillow
Hear the night bird gently sing
As the sunlight turns to fire
Now the world is ready for your dreams
Track Name: I'd Like to Be
I'd like to be a great blue whale
I'd swim across the sea
I'd play and sway in ocean rhythm
That's what I could be

Chorus;
That's what I could be, oh, that's what I could be
That's what I could be, oh, that's what I could be

I'd like to be a golden eagle
Flying high and free
I'd view the world from up above
That's what I could be.......Chorus

I'd like to be a humble farmer
And start life from a seed
I'd grow to know a harvest bounty
That's what I could be.......Chorus

I'd like to be a land of plenty
Like this world I see
Shared and cared by hands of many
That's what I could be......Chorus

I'm glad I am just who I am
With a song to sing
Everything is part of me
And I'm part of everything
I'm part of everything, oh, I'm part of everything
I'm part of everything, oh, I'm part of everything

(repeat 1st verse)
Track Name: The Camper's Lullaby
Hear the river rolling
Hear the waterfall
The bullfrog is a croaking
The owl hoots hear call
Coyote is a howling
While silent wings they fly
All in the music
Of the camper’s lullaby

Chorus:
This little tent this cozy bag
Upon the ground we lie
Cradled in the music
Of the camper’s lullaby

Up the pass we walk along
Like an old coon makin tracks
We cross the streams on logs and rocks
With our home upon our backs
We come to this woody knoll
Where the trees they touch the sky
Silently we listen
To the camper’s lullaby…….Chorus

Wherever we may wander
Wherever we may roam
These rivers rocks and ridges
These valleys are our homes
And home is when the ones you love
Are lying by your side
Looking up into a starry night
With the camper’s lullaby………Chorus
Track Name: Where Dreams Can Grow
*Hear the ocean whisper
As your eyes do close
Sleep will come and take you
To the place where dreams can grow

*See the mountains rising
As your eyes do close
Sleep will come and take you
To the place where dreams can grow

Chorus: Oh baby oh, oh baby oh
Sleep my baby oh

*Hear the night bird calling
As your eyes do close
Sleep will come and take you
To the place where dreams can grow

*Feel the arms that hold you
As your eyes do close
Sleep will come and take you
To the place where dreams can grow