Reporting from somewhere
high above imagination
In 2011 I began work on my second collection of original lullaby songs for kids. (psst…adults love ’em, too) Several people who bought the first collection, Lullabye Bye, asked me to write some with a country and western “feel”. And while I’m not a fan of what passes for country and western these days, I AM a fan of the true western “feel”. Think Roy Rogers, Sons of the Pioneers, and even Michael Martin Murphy. So, I decided to go west(ern) and high above imagination to a Dreamland for little buckaroos.
So…what’s above imagination?
As I started dreaming up lyrics for the title song, Bedtime Buckaroos, I thought about some essentials for western music. You know…cactus, ponies, ropes, and rodeos. And I began to visualize taking the listener where only imagination go. Into the starry sky and beyond.
Since it would be a collection of lullaby songs, I knew the rest of the songs would be in that same western world of imagination.
Here are the lyrics to the title song. And listen to (better yet, subscribe to) the Rhyme and Reason Podcast to hear the song. If you have kids (or you’re one at heart), let it take them (and you) high above imagination to a place where cosmic cowpokes sing around the campfire.
Bedtime Buckaroos When you close your eyes
Under dark blue skies
And you see there’s no more time to borrow,
Rope the Milky Way…
Let the ponies play,
And tonight will turn into tomorrow.
Hi yo…in your midnight dream rodeo
You win, there’s no way that you could lose.
Ki yi…keep that twinkle in your eye.
Drift off…‘cause it’s bedtime, buckaroos.
When your dreams begin,
You’ll be free again
To ride high above imagination.
What a night of fancy fascination.
Chorus to end.
© Tony Funderburk 2011 (June 4)
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