Lullaby of Birdland
|"Lullaby of Birdland"|
|Writer||B. Y. Forster|
"Lullaby of Birdland" is a 1952 popular song with music by George Shearing and lyrics by George David Weiss under the pseudonym "B. Y. Forster" in order to circumvent the rule that ASCAP and BMI composers could not collaborate. The song has become a jazz standard.
The song has been recorded by many vocal and instrumental performers, including Ella Fitzgerald (her version being a 1954 chart record), the Blue Stars of France, Chris Connor, Sarah Vaughan, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Aoi Teshima, Mel Tormé, Erroll Garner, Japanese R&B singer DOUBLE, Nikki Yanofsky, pianist Friedrich Gulda, the 12 cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Korean singer Insooni, Korean band J Rabbit, Finnish singer Olavi Virta (in Finnish), and Italian singer Mina. A live version is included on the album Amy Winehouse at the BBC by Amy Winehouse. In Stan Freberg's comic version of "The Great Pretender", the jazz pianist ad libs the first six notes of "Lullaby of Birdland", before the singer angrily shouts "WATCH IT!!"
- Oh, lullaby of birdland, that's what I
- Always hear when you sigh,
- Never in my wordland could there be ways to reveal
- In a phrase how I feel
- Have you ever heard two turtle doves
- Bill and coo, when they love?
- That's the kind of magic music we make with our lips
- When we kiss
- And there's a weepy old willow
- He really knows how to cry,
- That's how I'd cry in my pillow
- If you should tell me farewell and goodbye
- Lullaby of birdland whisper low
- Kiss me sweet, and we'll go
- Flying high in birdland, high in the sky up above
- All because we're in love
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