John O’ Dreams by Patricia Shih on Tuneful Tuesday

Today’s soothing edition comes from multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter and member Patricia Shih, who has compiled her most beautiful and gentle songs recorded over her long career for one lullaby CD:  “Lovabyes – Gentle Songs for Gentle Children.” 

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Eight songs on the CD are originals, but there is one by UK artist Bill Caddick, that I had never recorded until now. I don’t remember when I first heard “John O’Dreams” but I do remember falling in love with it’s lilting melody and stirring words. It sounded to me like a very old folk song; imagine my surprise when I learned it was written by a contemporary songwriter!  I had to learn it, and now I finally recorded it as I was waiting for just the right album for it.  I love to sing it, I love to play it on guitar.  And I love the message that sleep, like the rain and the sun, comes equally to all no matter what your station in life is.  Such a peaceful, beautiful song! 

JOHN O’DREAMS

Words by Bill Caddick, Music adapted from Tchaikovsky Symphony #6

When midnight sings, good people homeward tread

Seek now your blankets and your feather bed

Home is the rover, his journey over

Yield up the nighttime to old John O’Dreams (2x)

Both man and master in the night are one

All things are equal when the day is done

The prince and ploughman, the slave and freeman

All find their comfort in old John O’Dreams (2x)

Now, as you sleep your dreams come winging clear

The hawks of the morning cannot harm you here

Sleep is your river, float on forever

And for your boatman choose old John O’Dreams (2x)

When midnight sings, good people homeward tread

Seek now your blankets and your feather bed

Home is the rover, his journey over

Yield up the nighttime to old John O’Dreams

Both man and master in the night are one

All things are equal when the day is done

The prince and ploughman, the slave and freeman

All find their comfort in old John O’Dreams

Now, as you sleep your dreams come winging clear

The hawks of the morning cannot harm you here

Sleep is your river, float on forever

And for your boatman choose old John O’Dreams

Purchase from CD Baby or Patricia’s own website at www.patriciashih.com.

3 comments

  1. The second guitar part (right speaker) and instrumental is played by my husband/accompanist Stephen Fricker–all credit goes to him!

  2. Beautiful Patricia…..

    1. Thank you Gari. I wish I’d written this gorgeous song!

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