Healing Poems 316

Happiness

There's just no accounting for happiness,
or the way it turns up like a prodigal
who comes back to the dust at your feet
having squandered a fortune far away.

And how can you not forgive?
You make a feast in honor of what
was lost, and take from its place the finest
garment, which you saved for an occasion
you could not imagine, and you weep night and day
to know that you were not abandoned,
that happiness saved its most extreme form
for you alone.

No, happiness is the uncle you never 
knew about, who flies a single-engine plane
onto the grassy landing strip, hitchhikes
into town, and inquires at every door
until he finds you asleep midafternoon
as you so often are during the unmerciful
hours of your despair.

It comes to the monk in his cell.
It comes to the woman sweeping the street
with a birch broom, to the child
whose mother has passed out from drink.
It comes to the lover, to the dog chewing
a sock, to the pusher, to the basket maker,
and to the clerk stacking cans of carrots
in the night.
It even comes to the boulder
in the perpetual shade of pine barrens,
to rain falling on the open sea, 
to the wineglass, weary of holding wine.

~ Jane Kenyon

Healing Lullabies 19

Nightingale

sung by Norah Jones

Nightingale
Sing us a song
Of a love that once belonged
Nightingale
Tell me your tale
Was your journey far too long?

Does it seem like I’m looking for an answer
To a question I can’t ask
I don’t know which way the feather falls
Or if i should blow it to the left

All the voices that are spinnin’ around me
Trying to tell me what to say
Can I fly right behind you
And you can take me away

 

Healing Lullabies 18

What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying,
“I love you”.

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more,
Than I’ll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah.

Healing Lullabies 17

The Cello Song

The Piano Guys

Healing Lullabies 16

Canon in D

Sad Violin, Music That Will Make You Cry

Healing Lullabies 15

Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

by Billy Joel

Goodnight my angel, time to close your eyes
And save these questions for another day
I think I know what you’ve been asking me
I think you know what I’ve been trying to say
I promised I would never leave you
And you should always know
Wherever you may go, no matter where you are
I never will be far away

Goodnight my angel, now it’s time to sleep
And still so many things I want to say
Remember all the songs you sang for me
When we went sailing on an Emerald Bay
And like a boat out on the ocean
I’m rocking you to sleep
The water’s dark and deep inside this ancient heart
You’ll always be a part of me

Goodnight my angel, now it’s time to dream
And dream how wonderful your life will be
Someday your child may cry, and if you sing this lullabye
Then in your heart, there will always be a part of me
Someday we’ll all be gone, but lullabyes go on and on
They never die, that’s how you and I will be

Healing Lullabies 14

A Cradle in Bethlehem

by Alfred Bryan and Larry Stock

sung by Nat King Cole

Sing sweet and low your lullaby
Till angels say, “Amen”
A mother tonight is rocking
A cradle in Bethlehem

While wise men follow through the dark
A star that beckons them
A mother tonight is rocking
A cradle in Bethlehem

“A little child shall lead them”
The Prophets said of old
In storm and tempest keep ’em
Until the bell is tolled

Sing sweet and low your lullaby
Till angels say, “Amen”
A mother tonight is rocking
A cradle in Bethlehem

Sing sweet and low your lullaby
Till angels say, “Amen”
A mother tonight is rocking
A cradle in Bethlehem

Healing Lullabies 12

Rocking

sung by Shawn Colvin

Little Jesus sweetly sleep do not stir
We will lend a coat of fur
We will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will rock you, rock you now
See the fur to keep you warm
Snuggle ’round your tiny form

Mary’s little baby sleep sweetly sleep
Sleep in comfort slumber deep
And we will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will rock you, rock you now
We will serve you all we can
Darling, dancing little man

Yeah, we will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will rock you, rock you now
We will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will rock you, rock you now

 

Healing Lullabies 11

Goodnight My Love

sung by Sarah Vaughn

Good night, my love, the tired old moon is descending.
Good night, my love, my moment with you is now ending.
It was so heavenly, holding you close to me.
It will be heavenly to hold you again in a dream.
The stars above have promised to meet us tomorrow.
Till then, my love, how dreary the new day will seem.
So for the present, dear, we’ll have to part.
Sleep tight, my love, good night, my love,
Remember that you’re mine, sweetheart.

Good night, my love, your mommy is kneeling beside you.
Good night, my love, to Dreamland the Sandman will guide you.
Come now, you sleepy head, close your eyes, go to bed.
My precious sleepy head, you mustn’t play peek-a-boo.
Goodnight, my love, your little Dutch dolly is yawning.
Goodnight, my love, your teddy bear called it a day.
Your doggy’s fast asleep, my but he’s smart.
Sleep tight, my love, good night, my love,
God bless you, pleasant dreams, sweetheart.

Healing Lullabies 10

“Killing the Blues”

Alison Krauss

sung by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

(It’s not the words, it’s the tempo and the feelings and emotions it evokes in me that makes me identify it as a healing lullaby. Alison Krauss often has this effect on me. I consider her a healer with her voice.)

Leaves were falling, just like embers,
In colors red and gold, they set us on fire
Burning just like moonbeams in our eyes.

[Chorus:]
Somebody said they saw me, swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud, killing the blues.

Now I’m guilty of something…
I hope you never do
Because there is nothing
Any sadder than losing yourself in love.

[Chorus]

And then you’ve ask me… just to leave you
To set out on my own
And get what I needed.
You want me to find what I’ve already had.

[Chorus 2x]