Sweet Lullaby

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"Sweet Lullaby"
Sweet lullaby.jpg
Single by Deep Forest
from the album Deep Forest
B-side "Remix"
Released 15 November 1992
Format CD single, CD maxi,
7" single, 12" maxi
Genre World/Ethnic electronica
Length 3:55
Label Epic, Dance Pool
Songwriter(s) Eric Mouquet
Michel Sanchez
Producer(s) Dan Lacksman
Deep Forest singles chronology
"Sweet Lullaby"
(1992)
"Deep Forest"
(1993)

"Sweet Lullaby"
(1992)
"Deep Forest"
(1993)

"Sweet Lullaby" is a song by French world music/ethnic electronica Deep Forest which originally appeared on their eponymous album. The song gained popularity in 1992 and 1993 when it was released as a single, becoming a top 30 hit in many European and Oceanian countries. In 1994, it was re-released in remixed versions.

Song information[edit]

The song is based around a traditional Baegu lullaby from the Solomon Islands called "Rorogwela", and uses a vocal sample of Afunakwa[1] singing, originally recorded by ethnomusicologist Hugo Zemp in 1970 and later released by UNESCO as part of their Musical Sources collection.[2] The lyrics refer to a young orphan being comforted by his older brother despite the loss of their parents.[3]

For a time, Australian TV network SBS used the song as its theme.

Parts of the song are sampled in the 2000 trance hit Komodo, by Mauro Picotto [4]

In 2008, Matt Harding traveled to the Solomons island of Malaita to try to find Afunakwa, the woman who is thought to be the performer of "Rorogwela" on Zemp's recording. According to Harding's follow-up video Where the Hell is Afunakwa?, Afunakwa had died in 1998.[5]

The track and its creators have come under criticism for their unauthorized appropriation of musical recordings.[6][7]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Tarsem Singh, was also nominated for several awards at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.[8] The video consists of a little girl riding a tricycle in front of iconic scenes from around the globe (e.g. Moscow, Barcelona, New York City, Varanasi, and other locations), juxtaposing images from her journey with parallel snippets of nobility performing similar actions.

Chart performances[edit]

The debut single for the group, "Sweet Lullaby" was a success for Deep Forest, reaching #3 in Norway,[9] #7 on the Australian ARIA Charts,[10] #10 on the British charts, #78 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100, and the Top 20 in France and Switzerland.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Sweet Lullaby" (original mix)
  2. "Sweet Lullaby" (ambient mix)
CD maxi
  1. "Sweet Lullaby" (original mix) – 3:55
  2. "Sweet Lullaby" (remix) – 6:08
  3. "Sweet Lullaby" (nature's dancing mix) – 6:01
  4. "Sweet Lullaby" (natural trance mix) – 6:32
  5. "Sweet Lullaby" (ambient mix) – 3:47
12" maxi
  1. "Sweet Lullaby" (nature's dancing mix) – 5:58
  2. "Sweet Lullaby" (remix) – 6:10
  3. "Sweet Lullaby" (natural trance mix) – 6:32
  4. "Sweet Lullaby" (ambient mix) – 3:46
7" single
  1. "Sweet Lullaby" – 3:54
  2. "Forest Hymn" (edit) – 3:49
CD single - Promo
  1. "Sweet Lullaby" (first single original mix) – 3:55
  2. "Deep Forest" – 5:34
  3. "Desert Walk" – 5:15
12" maxi - Remixes
  1. "Sweet Lullaby" (round the world mix) – 6:58
  2. "Sweet Lullaby" (DJ EFX's tribal as a mofo mix) – 4:40
  3. "Sweet Lullaby" (the riot mix) – 6:51
  4. "Sweet Lullaby" (digit's wet dream mix) – 4:25
  5. "Sweet Lullaby" (Q-bass mix) – 5:57
  6. "Sweet Lullaby" (the downstream mix) – 5:57
  7. "Sweet Lullaby" (bonus a la EFX) – 3:08

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2004/11/23/turmeric-pygmies-and-piracy/
  2. ^ "A Sweet Lullaby For World Music". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Deep Forest Lyrics and Meanings". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on January 13, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.whosampled.com/sample/29090/Mauro-Picotto-Komodo-(Save-a-Soul)-Deep-Forest-Sweet-Lullaby/
  5. ^ Where the Hell is Afunakwa?
  6. ^ Hafstein, Valdimar T. (2004). "The Politics of Origin: Collective Creation Revisited". Journal of American Folklore. 117 (465): 300–315. 
  7. ^ http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2004/11/23/turmeric-pygmies-and-piracy/
  8. ^ "Rock On The Net: 1994 MTV Video Music Awards". rockonthenet.com. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "norwegiancharts.com - Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "australian-charts.com - Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby". australian-charts.com. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  15. ^ Canadian dance peak RPM Magazine
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ a b c Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved April 14, 2009)
  18. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. February 26, 1994. Retrieved March 30, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Musicline.de – Deep Forest Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  20. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Deep Forest" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  22. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (03.03.1994-09.03.1994)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved March 30, 2018. 
  23. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 14, 2009)
  24. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". VG-lista.
  25. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 14, 2009)
  26. ^ "Single top 100 over 1994" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 

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