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Five sleepy heads

COVERED BY ELVIS

Wiegenlied ( Cradle Song )


elvis: Five Sleepy Heads
recording date elvis: Tuesday 20 june ( 1967 ) ; studio
first release:

originally by: Ernestine Schumann-Heink


recording date: 21 september 1906
originally written by: tepper;bennett
catalognumber: 81085
label: victor




Tepper and Bennett? Add German classical composer Johannes Brahms, for this song is a sort of pop version of his lullaby, "Guten Abend, Gut' Nacht," or "Wiegenlied" opus 49, no.4. Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany on 7 May 1833 and died in Vienna, Austria, on 3 April 1897. "The song was written in honor of the birth of a child of Brahms's friends Bertha and Artur Faber in 1868. Years earlier, Brahms had briefly fallen in love with Bertha when she was a young visitor to his female choir in Hamburg, and during the playful courtship she used to sing him a lilting 3/4-time Viennese melody. The romance ended, but the friendship endured, and the melody that Brahms later composed for the private lullaby was a creative counterpoint to the earlier love song that the child's mother would remember singing to the composer. When he presented the gift to the Fabers, Brahms included this note to her husband: "Frau Bertha will realize that I wrote the 'Wiegenlied' for her little one. She will find it quite in order . . . that while she is singing Hans to sleep, a love song is being sung to her." Bertha was the first person to sing Brahms's Lullaby" From "Johannes Brahms: A Biography, by Jan Swafford (1997, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.). Schumann-Heink's recording was made in September 1906 and released on the single-faced Victor/Victrola Red Seal label, VBRS 81085 (VBRS 81083, an earlier take made on the same date, was not issued)..


Wiegenlied ( cradle song )
performed by:
Ernestine Schumann-Heink



Guten Abend, gute Nacht,
mit Rosen bedacht,
mit Näglein besteckt,
schlupf' unter die Deck!
Morgen früh, wenns Gott will,
wirst du wieder geweckt.

Morgen früh, wenns Gott will,
wirst du wieder geweckt.

Guten Abend, gute Nacht,
von Englein bewacht,
die zeigen im Traum
dir Christkindleins Baum.
Schlaf nun selig und süß,
schau im Traum 's Paradies

Schlaf nun selig und süß,
schau im Traum 's Paradies



Five Sleepy Heads
performed by:
Elvis Presley



There were five sleepyheads
All tucked into their beds
While I sang a lullaby
One got dream dust in her eye

There were four sleepyheads
Playing possum with me
Mr. Sandman came by
And then there were three

Moonbeams play peek-a-boo
Three awake became two
And my song was almost done
When the land of Nod took one

Kissed the last one goodnight
Then I heard not a peep
There were five sleepyheads
Now they're all fast asleep




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