Star Light, Star Bright

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"Star Light, Star Bright"
Nursery rhyme
PublishedLate 19th century

"Star Light, Star Bright" is an English language nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 16339.

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics usually conform to the following:

Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.[1]

Disney Parks Variant:

Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
We'll make a wish, and do as dreamers do,
And all our wishes (all our wishes),
Will come true.

Origins[edit]

The superstition of hoping for wishes granted when seeing a shooting or falling star may date back to the ancient world.[2] Wishing on the first star seen may also predate this rhyme, which first began to be recorded in late nineteenth-century America. [3] The song and tradition seem to have reached Britain by the early twentieth century and have since spread worldwide.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

"Star Light, Star Bright" is found in Madonna's 1983 single Lucky Star.

The lines "Wish I may, wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight" are also found in Metallica's song "King Nothing".

The character Norma recites this poem in Steinbeck's 1947 Novel, "The Wayward Bus"

This song is played in Disney Parks Fireworks Shows Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams and Remember... Dreams Come True. They also play an exit music for those shows.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ R. Gerlings, Hey, Diddle, Diddle and Other Best-Loved Rhymes (Windmill Books, 2009), p. 32.
  2. ^ a b I. Opie and M. Tatem, A Dictionary of Superstitions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989), pp. 175-6.
  3. ^ R. Webster, The Encyclopedia of Superstitions (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2008), p. 245.