Isle au Haut Lullaby
One of Gordon Bok's lullabies from 1965, a beauty that works its charm on fussy babies of all ages.
This was one of my mother's songs and, as shy as she was, she always sang it with a look in the eye and a special smile on her face as my father played the guitar - even once onstage in a surprise duet on the Backgate Stage at Artichoke Music on Hawthorne back in 2003. A wonderful memory...
This is a good song for beginning players, singers and harmonizers - and for rocking babies to sleep. It's simple melody is repeated in the verse and chorus. This is one to sing for as long as it pleases you to sing it. This is often the first song we use with groups - easy to learn and room for harmony. We first sing the chorus twice, and then after every verse with an a capella end. The salty images delight and calm the senses throughout the gentle 4/4 time and a sweet lull gentles the storm & with the power of a lullaby croons babes, young and old, to sleep.