Lullabies – Music for Baby


I have a new baby boy.  YAY!  He’s beautiful and enchanting and whadaya know he loves it when I sing to him.  He’s 2 months old now and when he likes something he smiles and one of the best ways to make him smile is to sing.

The most common repertoire for babies are lullabies and here are my top 5.


A beautiful Aboriginal lullaby sung about shooing away a goanna.  When i have sung this song in my classes children of all ages are mesmerised by it and it is certainly a lulling kind of song perfect to soothe any crying baby.

Inanay Gupawana

Inanay Gupawana

Ay ay ay oola

Oola Oola Oola Ay

Yippee Ay Yippe Ay

Gowanna Gowanna Gowanna


Goowanna Gowanna Gowaana


watch me sing Inanay here

Ah Kounelaki – Greek Song

My father sang this song to me as a child and although it isn’t a lullaby it tells a story of a cheeky rabbit digging holes in the garden and now I find myself singing it to my little boy.  Traditional songs from your childhood are a beautiful way to pass your memories and culture to your children.

Ah Kounelaki Koynelaki < Rabbit>

Xylo pou tha to phas < I’ll give you a little tap>

Mesa se xeno perivoulaki < if you come to my garden?

Tripes yiati tripas < whhy do you dig holes>

Min mou serfronis ti mitoula  < you screw up your nose>

Min mou kounas t’aftia < pull your ears>

Min mou klinis to mataki < and squint your eyes>

Ise san zografia < you’re as cute as a photograph>

Watch here

Good Night Sleep Tight

I wrote this little lullaby when I was a child myself, and now sing it to my children and they love it.

Good Night

Sleep tight

You’re a wonderful baby

Good night, sleep tight

have some happy happy dreams

Good night, sleep tight

you’re a wonderful baby

Good night

Sleep tight. Tonight

Big Yellow Moon

This is more of a poem, but children love positive thoughts before bedtime and encourages peaceful happy thoughts before sleep time.

Big yellow moon shines so bright, (Arms above head in circle shape.)

Glides across the starry night, (Arms move from left to right.)

Looks down at me (Hand shades eyes.)

Asleep in bed, (Hands together at side of face.)

Whispers, “Good night, sleepyhead.” (Forefinger in front of mouth.)

Big yellow moon, your turn is done. (Arms above head move down in front of body.)

Here comes Mr. Morning Sun. (Arms move above head in circle shape.)

I wake up. (Arms stretch out.)

You go to bed. (Hands together at side of face.)

“Goodnight, Moon, you sleepyhead.” (Forefinger in front of mouth.)

Rock a bye baby

its a classic so thought i’d include it sits also a winner when singing and rocking your baby to sleep.

Rock a bye baby on the treetops

when the wind blows the cradle will rock

when the bough breaks the cradle will fall

And down will come baby, cradle and all.






The Magic of Music


Lately I have been paying particular attention to the effect or affect my music lessons are having on the children that participate in my program.

Recently I attended a Childcare centre and in the group of children aged 18 months to 2 years there is a child who has  special needs.  He regularly attends the class and sits on the carers lap and we sing and pass shaking instruments to him, while the other children giggle or sing along.

But on this particular occasion I sang a beautiful Aboriginal Lullaby called “Inanay” ( if you haven’t heard it before you must! it is truly beautiful and epitomises what children’s music should be.)  Anyway I started to sing and in the corner of my eye I noticed the little boy started to move his body.  The Carer gasped a little, we locked eyes in unspoken wonder that the song had moved this child to react.

I had been attending the Child care Centre for 6 months and he would sit quietly and listen, but today was different it was as though he was attempting to clap along.

The Magic of Music.

Today I conducted a class for a group of babies and while I was waiting for the children to finish their afternoon snack I got to coo at the babies that were waiting on the mat.  I rarely get that opportunity “to play”with the babies because I have to move on to other classes waiting for me, but today they were running behind schedule so I took advantage of the opportunity to play peak- a – boo.  One baby boy started to cry, and instinctively I sung a Greek baby clapping song Palamakia.  His reaction was immediate and began to giggle and smile.

The Magic of Music.

How many times have I played music on my iPod for the Kinder room, and the energy is electric, the children are energised and like a puppeteer pulling the strings, I change the energy in a heartbeat and  sing a song with the children’s eyes watching me intently following my actions and words, they are transfixed for that moment in time.  The music has taken the lead and directed there energy to another place.

The Magic of Music.

So many studies are done about the benefits of music, which there are many.  But some elements can not be measured but only witnessed and felt, and that is called the Magic of Music.

I fortunately witness this on a daily basis and can not fathom a life without music.  It is passed down from generation to generation.  Music feeds the soul, fuels the celebrations and is uniquely human.

So in the spirit of passing down music, I pass these 2 children’s song to you.  The Lyrics for both of the songs mentioned are below:

Inanay Gupa wana
Inanay Gupa wana
Ay Ay Ay Oola
Oola Oola Oala Ay
Yippee Yay, Yippee Yay
Goo wanna Goo wanna
Goo wanna Goo wanna
Goo wah - Choo

Palamakia (Lola's Version)
Palamakia peksete
Ke o babas too erhete
Ke too ferni katiti
Kooloorakia sto kharti