Has any child actually seen/heard this lullaby?

@TheHorse (73648)
Walnut Creek, California
September 13, 2018 5:41pm CST
A couple of months ago, I posted a lullaby to YouTube that my dad used to sing to me in childhood. One of my preschool kids came in one day, singing it at the top of her lungs (and getting all the words wrong), so I decided to learn it and record it. The result is the link I'll attach. Many of you have probably heard this before. It's a classic lullaby that was popular during the "folk scare" of the 1950s and 1960s. If you have any small children or grandchildren in your life, could you be so kind as to play it for them? I want to know if it has the intended sedative qualities. I'll attach a photo of the girl who inspired this piece. She was always singing and dancing, and that got me to singing and dancing. We'd sing "The Hills are Alive..." and "I Am Sixteen Going on Seventeen..." together on the spur of the moment.This became one of "our" songs. If you add me to your "subscribed" list, you'll make my day.
"The Riddle Song" - A Traditional lullaby Colin H. Sacks - vocals, guitars, bass, mandolin Recorded by - Michael Stenberg Thanks to A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard,...
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@LadyDuck (182673)
• Switzerland
14 Sep
I never heard it, but it is a nice lullaby.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Sep
I'm not sure how far back it goes, but I think it's been around for generations.
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@LadyDuck (182673)
• Switzerland
14 Sep
@TheHorse Surely in your country, we have our Italian Lullabies.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Sep
@LadyDuck My hunch is that it has European (perhaps Irish?) roots. But I don't know.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Sep
I've heard it, and love it, but I was introduced to it as an adult. I think I first heard it in a movie.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Sep
Hmm. I wonder what movie. I know that Joan Baez recorded way back when.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Sep
@TheHorse I can't remember. It's been years.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Sep
@bagarad I probably wouldn't have thought about the song, much less recorded it, had my youngun not come in to the preschool singing it at the top of her lungs. She's so adorable.
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@RasmaSandra (20374)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Sep
Delightful song and I am subscribed. Thank you for making me smile.Lovely little girl in the photo.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Sep
A smile is good! That little girl is a super smartie. I adore her.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Sep
And thank you for subscribing!
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@debjani1 (2947)
25 Sep
Yes lovely little girl.
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@mommaj (22894)
• United States
14 Sep
That was really beautiful. I would have never thought it to be a lullaby by the music or words until the very end.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Sep
Thank you! It's kind of a riddle. But because it has an "answer" (that most kids won't get anyway), I suppose it can soothe. I just did it to honor my young friend.
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@mommaj (22894)
• United States
15 Sep
@TheHorse Lol My mind was actually working when I heard it, so I was able to figure out the answers before it "answered" the questions. I must be having a good day... LOL It reminded me of the ballads or "folk songs" from the 60s or 70s.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Sep
@mommaj Yep, it was a part of the "folk scare" of the 1960s.
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@Hannihar (44331)
16 Sep
@TheHorse I started to listen to the song again and remember it. I really like that song.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Sep
It's a fun one. I had forgotten about it until my young friend came into school singing it that day.
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@Hannihar (44331)
17 Sep
@TheHorse I remember listening to it when you put it on a post. It is a fun one and I liked listening to your voice too.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Sep
@Hannihar I wonder if any kids have actually fallen asleep listening to it.
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@BarBaraPrz (21068)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Sep
Very nice rendition. I've heard this song before, but never heard it called a lullaby.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Sep
Do you remember where/when you first heard it?
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@BarBaraPrz (21068)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Sep
@TheHorse In the 60s, I suppose, during the folk thing.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Sep
@BarBaraPrz I'm pretty sure my dad used to sing it to me. He grew up during the "folk scare" of the 1950s.
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@dya80dya (6474)
• Romania
15 Sep
I have never heard of it. I like it.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Sep
I am glad you like it! I will do more research on its origins. Do you have any 3-year-olds you can play it for?
@debjani1 (2947)
25 Sep
Okay
@1creekgirl (12519)
• United States
21 Sep
I heard the song many years ago, but didn't realize it was a lullaby.