Lullaby of Birdland

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"Lullaby of Birdland"
Published 1952
Genre Popular, jazz
Language English
Writer B. Y. Forster
Composer George Shearing

"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.[1][2][3][4]

The title refers to Charlie "Bird" Parker and the Birdland jazz club named after him.

Notable recordings[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lullaby of Birdland (1952)". 
  2. ^ The Real Book, Volume I (6th ed.). Hal Leonard. 2004. p. 256. ISBN 0-634-06038-4. 
  3. ^ The Real Vocal Book, Volume I. Hal Leonard. 2006. ISBN 0-634-06080-5. 
  4. ^ The Real Jazz Book. Warner Bros. ISBN 978-91-85041-36-7. 

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