Lullaby of the Leaves

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About Lullaby of the Leaves

"Lullaby of the Leaves" is a musical composition by composer Bernice Petkere and lyricist Joe Young. It is a Tin Pan Alley song first performed in 1932 and is considered a jazz standard. It was a big hit for George Olsen & His Orchestra in 1932 and it has since been recorded numerous times in its lyrical version and as an instrumental.


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Rustling of the leaves used to be my lullaby,
In the sunny South when I was a tot so high,
And now that I have grown
And myself alone.

Cradle me where Southern skies can watch me with a million eyes,
Oh sing me to sleep,
Lullaby of the leaves
Cover me with heaven's blue and let me dream a dream or two,
Oh sing me to sleep,
Lullaby of the leaves.

I'm breezing along, along with the breeze,
I'm hearing a song, a song through the trees,
Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh.
That pine melody caressing the shore familiar to me, 
I've heard it before, ooh ooh ooh ooh.

That's Southland, don't I feel it in my soul,
And don't I know I've reached my goal,
Oh sing me to sleep,
Lullaby of the leaves.

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George Olsen

George Edward Olsen, Sr. (March 18, 1893 - March 18, 1971) was an American band-leader. Born in Portland, Oregon, he played the drums and attended the University of Michigan, where he was drum major. Here he formed his band, George Olsen and his Music, which continued in the Portland area. He then made the cross-county transition to Broadway, appearing in Kid Boots, the Ziegfeld Follies of 1924, and Good News. more »

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Written by: Bernice Petkere, Joseph Young

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