Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

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"Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album River of Dreams
Released 1994
Format 7", CD single
Genre Soft rock, classical
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Billy Joel, Danny Kortchmar
Billy Joel singles chronology
"No Man's Land"
(1993)
"Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)"
(1994)
"To Make You Feel My Love"
(1997)

"Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)" is the seventh track and third single from Billy Joel's 1993 album River of Dreams. It was inspired by Alexa Ray Joel, his daughter by Christie Brinkley. The song is in the key of G major.

The song was originally written as a prelude to the song "The River of Dreams" in the style of a monophonic Gregorian chant. Joel had written English words in the chant describing a man who had lost his faith, and had then had the words translated into Latin.[1] He changed his mind upon hearing the recording, and incorporated it into the song River of Dreams. He later removed the interlude from the final studio version of "River of Dreams", and instead wrote lyrics to the melody that reflected his sentiment toward Alexa Ray, who was a young child at the time of writing. The version of "River of Dreams" incorporating Lullaby appeared as an alternate version on the box set My Lives, and on An Evening of Questions and Answers...And A Little Music.

In 2004, it was announced that Billy Joel had agreed to write two children's books for Scholastic, the U.S. publisher. The first book was entitled Goodnight, My Angel (A Lullaby) and is a picture book based on the song and illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert. "Reassuring children that they are not alone or could be abandoned is very important for their well-being," Joel said in a statement in 2004. The second book was entitled New York State of Mind and illustrated by Izak.

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Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 27
New Zealand Singles Chart 43
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 77
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 18

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ youtube.com
  2. ^ http://wiseguys.de/diskographie/details/alles_im_gruenen_bereich/
  3. ^ gashousegang.com
  4. ^ Dec 5, 2009 wvpt.net
  5. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.2435&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=v7d4j9doetqh7hdkuucdfi2lv5

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