Mark Seymour – The Whole World is Dreaming

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio  3:33 Mark Seymour Slow Dawn album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.

 Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

It was always a ritual in our family to sing our children to sleep. I’ve often wondered how the relationship between a parent and child never reaches the same degree of closeness and trust those early moments hold. And then comes death. We sang to my mother as she died. To know your life might be bookended by song is a deeply comforting idea.

I often think of the wonder of the night time sky in country Victoria, the explosion of the southern starlight, a child’s view through an open window as it drifts off to sleep.

To be sung to a tiny child and a dying parent..

 

Lyrics

Sleep, sleep now my love
There’s nothing to fear
I’m right here beside you
Fly, fly through the night
The stars in the window
Are flying above you

Little eyes that shine in the dark
Creatures alive in your heart
Angels will come
To carry you home
You’re never alone
When the Whole World is dreaming

Hear the wind in the trees
Night birds are calling
A love song to guide you
High, high on the clouds
The desert is waiting
Her arms will find you

And I, I’ll still be here
Little baby there’s nothing to fear

Angels will come
To carry you home
You’re never alone
When the Whole World is dreaming