Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

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"Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)"
Billy Joel Lullaby.jpg
Single by Billy Joel
from the album River of Dreams
B-side"Two Thousand Years"
Format7", CD single
GenreSoft rock, classical crossover
Songwriter(s)Billy Joel
Producer(s)Billy Joel, Danny Kortchmar
Billy Joel singles chronology
"No Man's Land"
"Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)"
"To Make You Feel My Love"

"Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" is the seventh track and fourth 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 Joel had agreed to write two children's books for Scholastic, the U.S. publisher. The first book was titled 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 titled New York State of Mind and illustrated by Izak.


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Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[7] 27
New Zealand Singles Chart 43
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 18


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-07-02. Retrieved 2017-03-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ Dec 5, 2009 Archived 2009-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) by Libera (album Peace; video; Dorset House School). Libera Official, 2010 (Youtube).
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