Friday, November 13, 2009

Sweet Baby James

Written by James Taylor as a lullabye for the baby nephew named for him, Sweet Baby James has in many ways become Taylor's signature song.  Today you get two versions of the same song almost 40 years apart by the same artist. Have fun and take this tune.





Sweet Baby James 1970








Sweet Baby James 2008





There is a young cowboy he lives on the range
His horse and his cattle are his only companions
He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyons
Waiting for Summer, his pastures to change
And as the moon rises he sits by his fire
Thinking about women and glasses of beer
And closing his eyes as the doggies retire
He sings out a song which is soft but it's clear
As if maybe someone could hear
Goodnight you moonlight ladies
Rock-a-bye sweet baby James
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
Won't you let me go down in my dreams
And rock-a-bye sweet baby James
Now the first of December was covered with snow
And so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
Lord, the Berkshires seemed dreamlike on account of that frosting
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go
There's a song that they sing when they take to the highway
A song that they sing when they take to the sea
A song that they sing of their home in the sky
Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep
But singing works just fine for me
Goodnight you moonlight ladies
Rock-a-bye sweet baby James
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
Won't you let me go down in my dreams
And rock-a-bye sweet baby James

6 comments:

Keyboard Jockey said...

Jamie

I accidently published take this tune the first time the second link is the right link.

Ree

Travis said...

I'm going with the first thing that popped into my head. It's a stretch.

Linda said...

Hmmm, James Taylor, eh? Thinking ... thinking ...

maryt/theteach said...

Okay, Jamie, mine will be up at 4:00 PM EST tomorrow. LUV James Taylor!! :)

maryt/theteach said...

Mine's up now Jamie!

Travis said...

Mine will post at midnight.