So this is my first ‘Dad Post’. I’ll always make it clear in the title that it’s me posting, rather than my beautiful wife, that way if I make a fool of myself you’ll know not to blame her!

To ease myself into this I thought I’d tell you about the song we came up with to calm our DS to sleep. As most things do, it started small with a vague tune stuck in my head and a couple of nonsense words just so he could hear my voice.

Over the next few nights it developed, the words were pinned down, new verses were written and, most importantly Billy started to really enjoy it.

Now, several months later it’s one of the strongest tool in our arsenal when getting him to calm down, or getting him to stay still long enough to start thinking about sleep. I’ve even heard some of our friends babies have responded well to it as well, but they could just be being nice 🙂

So what is it called? The song is called ‘Go to sleep Billy’ and is available for your listening pleasure on YouTube below (vocals and guitar by me, all other instruments courtesy of GarageBand) –

Go to sleep Billy on YouTube

The lyrics are below, I hope you enjoy.

Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea
Go to sleep Billy
Who went to see the sea
He got in a boat
And his oar he forgot
And now he’s on the ocean
Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea

Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea
Go to sleep Billy
Who went to see the sea
He boarded a ship
And his mind it did slip
The map to get him home again
Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea

Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea
Go to sleep Billy
Who went to see the sea
When he landed ashore
a dragon he saw
his breath as warm as bed time
Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea

Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea
Go to sleep Billy
Who went to see the sea
He jumped in a lake
With fishes did make
fast friends to last a lifetime
Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea

Go to sleep my Billy
Far out to sea
Go to sleep Billy
Who went to see the sea
With whales did he swim
and courage he brims
as he looked to find a way home
Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea

Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea
Go to sleep Billy
Who went to see the sea
The mermaid he found
Did turn him around
And brought him home to mummy
Go to sleep Billy
Far out to sea

Go to sleep Billy
Safe here with me.

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