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I have been trying to figure out where this song comes from, who wrote it and when it was written. If you know anything about it or have any experiences with it please post them in the comments below.

Here is the text:
Here Comes the Sandman (composer unknown)
Here comes the Sandman, stepping so lightly
Creeping along on the tips of his toes.
As he scatters the sand with his own tiny hand
In the eyes of the sleepy children.

Go to sleep my darling, close your weary eyes
The lady moon is watching from out the starry skies.
The little stars are peeping, to see if you are sleeping.
Go to sleep, my darling, go to sleep, good night.
This song has a long history in my family it was sung by my great-grandmother to my grand-mother. My grandmother sang it to my mother and she sang it to me. So it is no doubt possible that the text has changed in the transfer from generation to generation. My grandmother “Nain” had no idea where the song came from. I recorded the song from as I remembered it for my cd “Elephants Have Wrinkles” and I published the lyrics as I remembered them on my Rainbow Songs website.

Of course in this day and age the usual way to look something like this up is via the internet, which of course I did. Unfortunately it seems that my version is one of the few sources about this song on the internet. In fact people have been contacting me about the song.

Last week a woman from New Zealand wanted me to send her an MP3 of the song to be played at her grandmother’s funeral. It was her grandmother’s favourite song.

I found another version of the song from a baby signing cd:

Here comes the sandman
Skipping so softly
Skipping along on the tips of his toes
And he scatters the sand
From each little hand
In the eyes of the sleepy children
Go to sleep my baby
Close your sleepy eyes
The lady moon is watching
Throughout the darkened skies
The little stars are peeking
To see if you are sleeping
Go to sleep my baby
And close your sleepy eyes

Pretty close to the words that my family know and love,
I found another reference to the song here. However this was just other people also looking for the origin of the song so it is of no help.

I’m hoping others who are know of this song will find this post and share their information about it so that this mystery can be solved.


134 Comments » for Origin of the song “Here Comes the Sandman”
  1. nancy says:

    When I camp counseled, I sang the Sandman to kids who were a lot older than 5– I can’t remember exactly, but 8-10 in age. they seemed to like it. the Camp Director told me he’d never had a counsellor who had done that before.

  2. Judi says:

    I have been looking for the words to this song for over 50 years. At last they are here. My mother used to sing this to me and I did remember almost all of the words, but some did go missing in my brain, so now I have the whole song and can sing it to my grandson.

    I don’t know where it comes from, in fact, since I couldn’t find anybody other than family members who even knew of it, I thought my family made it up. If you ever find out, I would love to know. Thanks.

  3. Mike Whitla says:

    Judy,

    Thanks for stopping by. How interesting that your family sings this song too!! Where do you live if you don’t mind me asking?
    If you would not mind posting the words you know, I’d be really interested in how you sing it.

    Can you record yourself? If so I’d love to hear your melody.
    Anyway we have had a break on finding out more about the song.
    My Dad found a source for the song:

    Hi Mike,

    Here is some further information about the Sandman. This is what I have located from a song collection of 1900, as cited on the Web at the following location:
    http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:I-UmcdRRSMgJ:www.kididdles.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/kididdles/dcforum/dcboard.cgi%3Faz%3Dshow_thread%26om%3D54%26forum%3DDCForumID16+%22Here+comes+the+Sandman%22&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=49&client=firefox-a

    HERE COMES THE SANDMAN
    Words and Music By: Lucine Finch
    Copyright 1899, by Lucine Finch

    Here comes the Sandman stepping so lightly,
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes;
    And he scatters the sand
    With his own little hand,
    In the eyes of the sleepy children.

    Oh! Hear the sandman singing so softly,
    Singing the children to sleep ev’rywhere;
    See how drowsy they grow
    Tired heads drooping low,
    And hear the Sandman singing.

    Go to sleep, my children.
    Close your sleepy eyes,
    The lady moon will watch you
    From out the dark’ning skies;
    The little stars are peeping,
    To see if you are sleeping;
    Go to sleep, my children,
    Go to sleep. Good night.

    Lucine Finch was a Birmingham, Alabama author at the end of the nineteenth century who wrote a number of short stories.

    The source here google’s cache of a now defunct kids music discussion forum. So it is not definitive source. I would love to know if the book these words were printed in also had the music.

    This version as some different words and a whole verse we don’t sing.

  4. Judi says:

    Hello again, Mike,

    Thank you so much for the information. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois and was born in 1945. I remembered almost all of the words to the song with a few tiny differences and with one big exception… Stealing along on the tips of his toes. I don’t remember that line at all, and when I sing the song, I can’t make that fit the melody.

    Is there anyplace that I can here your version? I will try to record mine in the near future. I have been so busy with Thanksgiving holiday and I will be out of town for the next few days.

    Thanks again for the information.
    Judi

    • erik fjell says:

      My grandma used to sing the song to us 30 years ago.

      We were also in Chicago area, Niles, IL, to be exact. I have a bad memory of the second verse, but she too used to say “stealing along on the tips of his toes.”

      She passed away before I could get her to write it down or record it, so this is a joy to see and hear.

      Thank you so very much…

      Erik

  5. Judi says:

    I forgot to mention this. I found it unusual that it refers to the moon as being a woman and in the States we refer to The Man in the Moon. I read somewhere on this site that someone from New Zealand also asked about the words so it seems to be a worldly song and explains the moon issue.

  6. Greg says:

    This is one of my mother’s favourite songs ! She asked me to sing it for her at her 80th birthday in February. I asked her if she knew where it came from, but all she knew was that her mother sang it to them, and she sang it to us and my children too. Here are her words….

    Here comes the sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Steeling along on the tips of his toes
    He will scatter the sand
    From his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleeping children

    Go to sleep my children
    Close your weary eyes
    The lady moon is watching
    From out the deep blue skies

    The little stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my children
    Go to sleep goodnight

    Greg
    Edinburgh
    Scotland

  7. Mike Whitla says:

    Greg

    Thanks for leaving your lyrics. Seems this song is passed on from generation to generation all over the English speaking world.

  8. Greg says:

    Hi Mike,

    Just ordered your CD as I am fascinated to hear your version of Sandman. Hope it doesn’t take too long to come ! If you are still interested in hearing other versions I can create an MP3. Don’t expect too much though. I’m no singer !

  9. Mike Whitla says:

    Greg,

    I’d love to hear your version or anyone else’s for that matter. You can send it as an email to admin@rainbowsongs.com

    Mp3 files would be perfect.

    I’d be curious to hear how the melody had changed from family to family.

  10. Cheryl says:

    These are the words my dad would sing to all of us

    Here comes the Sandman, creeping so lightly, stealing away on the tips of his toes,
    And he scatters the sand, with his own little hands, in the eyes of the sleepy children,
    Go to sleep my baby, close your pretty eyes, the lady moon is watching, above the darkened skies,
    The little stars are peeping, to see if you are sleeping,
    Go to sleep my baby, go to sleep, goodnight.

  11. Cheryl

    Thanks for coming by and leaving your lyrics. Your family only changed two words from the original !!(at least what seems to be the original)
    That’s pretty faithful reproduction from generation to generation.

    Where are you from by the way?

    It’s interesting seeing where all of you are from. This song has got around. So far I’ve heard from people from Canada, US, Scotland, and New Zealand.

  12. Cheryl says:

    I’m from Southern Utah. I’ve been wanting to sing it to my little baby, but I couldn’t remember all of it. I tried looking it up on the internet, and of course found this. So I asked my dad, and those are the words he gave me. I was surprised to see how close they were to the possible original. My mom and I think it would be fun to get the original sheet music and words for it.

  13. Cheryl,

    Yeah I would love to see the sheet music too!!

  14. Jim says:

    Mike,
    My late grandfather sang “Here Comes the Sandman” to me when I was a child. Until discovering your version of the song, I had been unable to confirm the song’s existence outside of my family’s memories.
    Grandpa grew up in southwestern Wyoming and was singing the song as early as his children can recollect (late 1930′s). Some of them believe the song was from a musical play in which Grandpa performed during high school (early 1920′s). I have privately sent a copy of a recording from the 1970′s of Grandpa singing the song to my cousins (which you may post). The song has been passed though all of Grandpa’s children and their children and is now lulling to sleep a fifth generation (at least) of the family – now in nearly every western state.

    Grandpa’s version has the following lyrics:

    Here comes the sandman, tripping so lightly
    He’s a little brown man with a big bag of sand
    And he scatters the sand with his little brown hand
    In the eyes of the sleepy children

    Go to sleep my babies, close your pretty eyes.
    The maiden moon is watching from out the deep blue skies
    The little stars are peeping to see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my babies. Close your eyes. Good night.

    Thanks for assembling the information you have collected!

  15. kristi says:

    My late Grandmother who immigrated from Germany in 1903 at the age of 9, sang this to my mother who is now 77. She grew up in Fargo ND. I have a melody of it in my head, but no way to record for PC transmission. What I remember is…….

    Here comes the Sandman, stepping so lightly
    Creeping along on the tips of his toes.
    And he sprinkles the sand, with his two tiny hands
    In the eyes of the sleeping children.
    Go to sleep my baby, close your weary eyes.
    The mother or (lady) ? moon is watching you,
    From out the darkning skies……ending unclear in memory , my sisters or mother might know.

  16. Mike Whitla says:

    Kristi

    Thanks for sharing your families version and history with this song.

  17. Louise Ryder says:

    I am so thankful that I found your website, I have wanted the lyrics because I remember that my mum sang the very same song to me when I was a little girl and now I want to sing it to my daughter. I am orginally from England UK and my Greatgrandma (Little Nanny) use to sing it my mum when she was little. Its definitly a song that has been sung through my family and now thanks to you it can remain in my family for many years more.

  18. Mike Whitla says:

    Louise,

    Glad you found the site useful. I plan to post a new blog page with some of the recordings people have been sending me so please come back any time you like.

  19. Mike Whitla says:

    Ok here is the first version anyone has sent me:
    This is Jim Larson’s (see above post #14) grandfather singing the song to some nieces and nephews in the 1970s.
    Enjoy!!
    sound sample

  20. laura says:

    hi,
    I have been looking for the whole song for ages – my nana used to sing it to me and my sister when she looked after us when we were younger, and I recently asked her if she could remember it – unfortunately her memory isn’t as good as it was, and all my sister and I could remember (we are 19 & 21 now) was something like “Go to sleep my baby, close your pretty eyes, angels will awake you when you come to rise” apart from that it seems like the same song, and I would love to find out its origins.
    I am from Wiltshire, England, and my nana grew up in Essex, England.

  21. Mike Whitla says:

    Laura

    Glad you found the lyrics helpful and thanks for information about your history with the song.

  22. Kathy says:

    I’m almost 50, my Grandma would sing this song to me every night before bedtime, then my mom did the same…then came my only child, a son, who is now 24 and knows the song and sings it to his 4 month old son. I MADE him learn the words and song and he will never forget it. I wish you had it on your example of songs. Thanks so much for knowing the song and sharing it with all of us. Kathy

  23. Sandy says:

    I am not sure if this is the same song, but I have been looking for the lyrics to a lullabye my grandmother used to sing to me. She heard it from her mother in Glasgow.

    Go to sleep, little baby.
    Close your pretty eyes.
    Angels are above you
    Peeping diligently from the skies.
    The great big moon is shining
    Stars begin to peep
    It’s time for little baby (name of child)
    To go to sleep.

    Can anyone tell me if this is just a version of Here Comes the Sandman or is this an entirely different lullabye.

    Thanks

  24. Mike Whitla says:

    Sandy

    Thanks for sharing your lyrics with us. Without hearing your version I can’t tell if your song is the same as our version.
    The words you have seem to be quite different than our Sandman song.

    Our sandman goes something like this:

    sound sample

  25. Amy Yeager says:

    This song has been in my family for generations as well! My great grandmother sang it to my grandmother who sang it to my mother and us grandkids who now sing it to our children. Its my two girls favorite lullaby! This is our version:

    Here comes the sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand
    with his own little hand
    in the eyes of sleepy children

    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your sleepy eyes
    the lady moon is watching
    from the starry skies
    the little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping
    go to sleep my baby
    go to sleep, goodnight

    Thanks so much for posting the origin of the song!!

  26. Lance Herrick says:

    I believe that I have a recording of my mother singing this lullaby. It was a song she sang to my brother, sister and me when we were children. My mother wrote out lyrics for several of the songs she sang to us, and made a tape for our children, probably in the 1970s. The tape includes “I’ve a Dear Little Dolly,” “I’m Hiding, I’m Hiding, and No One Knows Where,” “The Evening Is Coming, the Sun Sinks to Rest,” and others. I should put these on a CD (although such a recording is not archival quality).

  27. Mike Whitla says:

    Amy

    Your words are really close to the ones my family sings. Thanks for leaving them.

  28. Mike Whitla says:

    Lance

    I would love you to email me the version you have of you mom singing this song (or any of the other ones). If you are agreeable I could post it here for others to hear it.

    Can you make an mp3 and email it to me?

    My contact info is here:
    http://www.rainbowsongs.com/mikeblog/contact/

  29. Mary Lee McClure says:

    Hello, Mike!
    I am so thrilled to find that others know about this lovely little lullaby song. It’s something my mother used to sing to me, and, I’m supposing my little sister, and it’s something I’ve loved and sung to my own children, although, they, alas, don’t seem to recall it. My singing, perhaps? But, let me introduce myself: I am Mary Lee McClure, nee Tibor, born in 1923 in Chicago, IL. Mother’s father came from England so I’ve always supposed that the song was of English origin but only just now have I tried to find its source.
    My words vary only very slightly so I’m positive it’s the same song. And now, after reading about it in your blog, (blessings on Google!) I’ve found it’s quite widespread and rather well known. I loved the vocal rendition by the elderly gentleman and was so thrilled to find that my tune follows almost note for note what he sang. There are a few slight variations in words, but it’s truly remarkable that it could have stayed so true for all these many years and with so many different singers all over the English speaking world, it would seem.
    Here’s to happy lullabies! May they all end so sweetly!

  30. Mike Whitla says:

    Mary

    Thanks for your story. I’m amazed at the way this song is emotionally connected to so many people.
    Also amazing how it has been passed from generation to generation by the oral tradition.

    Mike.

  31. Chloe Mason says:

    Hi
    My mum used to sing it to to me and my children love the song but i don’t remember the sandman, just;

    go to sleep my darling close your pretty eyes
    angels will be watching
    watching over you from the skies
    big blue moon is shining
    stars begin to peep; now its time for little…..(childs name) to go to sleep
    time for little boys/girls to go to sleep

    Its a different tune to the one on your clip but I would have to sing it to you as I don’t read music it must be the same source though, fascinating!

  32. Mike Whitla says:

    Chloe

    Thanks for posting your words. If they are the sandman it is the most different version yet. Though there does seem to be some definite similarities. I’d love to hear your version if you want to email it to me. Can you make a mp3 of it?

    Actually my Aunt has tracked down the sheet music for the original sandman composition and I will post if on the blog when I get a chance.

  33. Eleanor M says:

    Hi! I was searching for the words to a song my grandmother used to sing to me when I was an infant (I was born 1949), and found your blog. The words are similar, although I don’t remember anything about the sandman, though she did say he was coming ( a frightening concept to me at the time!). Here are the few words I remember:
    Go to sleep my baby
    And close your pretty eyes
    Lady Moon is shining
    Way up in the skies
    I know there was more. My grandmother was of French-Canadian descent, so I don’t know where she learned the song.
    There was another web site with a related song: http://www.grainger.de/music/songs/gotosleep_pg.html
    I don’t have sound on my computer, so I have no idea about the tunes, which is like what my grandmother sang to me.

  34. Amanda says:

    At last! I have been searching for information about this song since my grandfather passed away on Saturday April 7. He would recite the words to my daughter who is 4 months old and said his mother had sung it to him when he was a child. But he would whisper it so the only parts I remembered were go to sleep my baby, rest your dreamy eyes which is a little different to the postings so far. I’m from Melbourne in Australia but my great-grandmother was English, the origin of the oral tradition for my family. I look forward to the sheet music being posted on your blog. I hope to continue the tradition and to keep my grandfather alive for my daughter who will not remember knowing him.

  35. Mike Whitla says:

    Amanda and Eleanor

    Thanks for adding your stories about this wonderful song. I just posted a new article about this song which has the full original text as well as the sheet music!!

    Please see:
    http://www.rainbowsongs.com/mikeblog/2007/04/11/here-comes-the-sandman-song-origins-revealed/

  36. Frances says:

    My family has always sung it starting with “I’ve a dear little dolly”

    I’ve a dear little dolly and her eyes are bright blue, she can open and shut them and she smiles at me too.

    In the morning I dress her and we go out to play, but I lke best to rock her at the end of the day.

    Go to sleep my baby close your eyes of blue, soon will come the sandman, bringing dreams to you.

    My family is from Ireland and England.
    I will try to make a sound file and post it.

  37. Benjamin says:

    My mother would sing this song to me when I would go to bed as well as my brother and sister, and her mom sang it to her as well. I had never known that others sing, let alone know, this song.
    Our version is very similar to those posted:

    Here comes the Sandman,
    Stepping so lightly.
    Stealing away on the tips of his toes,
    As he gathers the sand, in his own little hands
    In the eyes of the sleeping children.

    Go to sleep my [insert children's names], close your little eyes,
    The lady moon is watching from out the darkening skies.
    The little stars are peeping, to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep my [insert children's names], go to sleep, goodnight.

    My family is from Hungary via England

  38. Benjamin says:

    Sorry,

    the line should read as he SCATTERS the sand, with his own little hands

  39. Doreen Lambert says:

    My version is similar to Chloe’s I don’t remember the Sandman bit.

    Go to sleep my baby, close your weary eyes
    angels guard above you
    singing prettily beneath the skies
    pale blue moon is shining on the lily pond
    time for pretty little…..(childs name) to go to sleep
    time for little boys/girls to go to sleep.

    I have loved this song since childhood, yet never heard anyone else sing it. I have sung it to my siblings, children and grandchildren. They loved it because their name is included in it.

    It seems to have such meaning for people.

    Doreen

  40. Carolyn Mason says:

    My grandmother, b. 1913 in New Zealand, whose grandparents were born in Aberdeen, South London, and Nottingham also sang me a version of this song. Her husband’s family was Welsh. I have no idea where she learnt it. I am afraid she was not much of a singer! I also don’t recall the sandman verse. My recollection of her version is:
    Go to sleep my baby,
    Close your pretty eyes,
    Angels wings above you,
    Look a dearie dearie in the sky,
    Great big moon is shining,
    Shining down on you,
    Its time for little piccaninies,
    To go to sleep.

    The “dearie dearie” bit always bugged me, even as a child, because it has to be wrong and I am not sure whether what went wrong was her memory or my hearing! I do ‘recall’ (if you can recall such a thing) the song working and sending me to sleep though.

    Is it really likely that the song originated with Lucine Finch, or is it likely that she found it somewhere else? It seems odd that the song would start in the US in that time period and spread as it has.

    Carolyn

  41. Mike Whitla says:

    Carolyn

    Thanks for stopping by!! Although it has some similarities I don’t think this is the same song. It is possible that it is a version that has been changed from the original by the folk process. As it goes from person to person the melody and words get adapted to suit the new singers.

  42. Shelley says:

    This song has been in my family forever too! The words a little different and we do not know where it comes from, but here are the words we grew up to…

    Here comes the sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Waltzing around on the tips of his toes
    As he scatters the sand with his own little hand
    In the eyes of sleepy children

    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your pretty eyes
    The lady moon is watching
    From out the darkened skies
    Little stars are peeping to see if (babies name)’s sleeppjng
    So go to sleep my baby go to sleep, goodnight

    Thanks for sharing this!

  43. Jan says:

    I can remember a song we used to sing at school starting “The sandman comes at even….” but that’s all I recall. Does anyone know this version?

  44. Jennifer says:

    Hi there Mike,
    I am practically the odd one out.
    I hadn’t heard this song before I had a music seminar recently. During a session on singing and sharing music with your children, one woman sang this song, just as her mother had sung it to her.
    I fell in love with this song, but didn’t have any idea of the exact lyrics, nor of it’s title.
    Today, I found it. this is the one. I love this song, and am going to share it with my two beautiful babies tomorrow. Certainly, we will commence a tradition in our family, more than 100 years after the sheet music was first published.
    Thanks so much for this opportunity.
    Jennifer
    Bendigo, Australia

  45. The University of MN-Duluth rents out student housing to senior citizens (I’m one)during the Summer. In early August, 2007, an after dinner discusssion turned to the subject of memory. I bragged that I could remember a song that I learned in kindergarten in 1927, at the Jackson Elementary School in Duluth, MN (since razed).

    A couple of women insisted that I prove it by singing so I sang it and WOW! I got no respect for remembering but they thought the lullaby was fantastic.

    The lyrics as I remember them are:

    Here comes the sandman, skipping so lightly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand with his old little hands
    In the eyes of sleepy children
    Go to sleep my children
    Close your sleepy eyes
    The lady moon is watching from out the darkening skies
    The little stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my children
    Go to sleep
    Good night

    The melody is almost identical to what I heard sung by two male voices on your blog.

    I’m glad I checked your blog.

    Regards

  46. Jacqui R says:

    Hi Mike,
    I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. This little lullaby was often sung to me as a child (in the early 1960′s) by my babysitter “Auntie Patty” – a dear English lady who is now deceased. My grandmother (who emigrated to Australia in about 1915) and my mother also knew the song and would sing it to me, although I think their words and tune differed a little from the version that I now sing to my children (the one that Auntie sang to me). My kids love this lullaby. I was always sure that I had some of the words wrong and the tune is slightly different to the one reproduced on your website. I guess that these tunes and lyrics get altered over successive generations.I had always assumed that this lullaby originated in England.

    Here are the lyrics I know:

    “Here comes the sandman
    stepping so lightly
    stealing along on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand
    with his own little hand
    in the eyes of the sleepy children

    go to sleep my darlings
    close your sleepy eyes
    the angels here are watching
    from out of Northern skies”

    instead of the last verse we then go on to another lullaby almost immediately

    “Little man you’re tired
    I know why you’re blue
    someone stole your kiddy car away
    you better go to sleep now
    little man you’ve had a busy day
    you’ve been playing soldiers
    the enemy is out of sight
    the enemy has gone away
    you better go to sleep now
    little man you’ve had a busy day.”
    This is apparently recorded by Paul Robeson with quite different lyrics too!

    We shall continue to sing our version as it is the one we know and love.Thanks for the website,
    Jacqui

  47. Jami says:

    I really enjoyed reading all the versions of this, my favorite lyllabye, my mother sang to me growing up. But as mine is a little different, I thought you would like to see it.
    Here comes the sandman
    Stepping so softly
    As he sprinkles the sand
    With his own little hands
    In the eyes of sleeping children

    Go to sleep my children
    Close your drowsy eyes
    (something about the moon, which has grown fuzzy)
    Go to sleep my children
    Close those drowsy eyes
    Mornings light is peeping
    To see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my children
    Go to sleep, goodnight.

  48. Lucy Speller says:

    This is really interesting. My granny used to sing a song like this to me, but I’ve since researched it and she sang the tune of the Wyoming lullaby. There was no mention of a sandman although the words and waltz time are similar. My partner was also sung this song so we are now singing it to our daughter.

    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your pretty eyes
    Angels up above you
    Peeping at my honey from the skies

    Great big moon is shining
    Stars begin to peep
    Time for little (piccalilly? or baby’s name)
    To go to sleep.

  49. Mike Whitla says:

    Wow So many more stories left

    Lucy I don’t think your song is the same as the one most of us. But it does seem yours is the same as Lucy Carolyn’s post #40.

    And Yes Jacqui I also thought that this song came from England. How about that written by and American of (at least some) French descent.
    I would love to hear Paul Robeson sing sing this song. Thanks for your stories everybody!!

  50. Janice says:

    My mother sang it to us and I sang it to my children. I wonder if they remember. I’m waiting for grandchildren to sing it to!
    The version I remember

    Here comes the sandman
    stepping so lightly
    tripping along on the tips of his toes
    as he sprinkles the sand
    with his own little hand
    on the eyes of the sleeping children

    Go to sleep my baby
    close your little eyes
    the little stars are twinkling
    up in the dark blue skies
    the mother moon is peeping
    to see if you are sleeping
    go to sleep my baby
    close your eyes, good night

    How great is the internet!

  51. Mike Whitla says:

    The internet is great and so is your family’s memory!!

    You guys have the closest lyrics to the original lyrics of any of us. I think only two words have been changed in your version.

    Thanks for sharing Janice!

  52. Brenda says:

    My grandmother, in Montgomery, Alabama, who was born in the 1920s, used to sing my sister and I to sleep with “Here Comes the Sandman”- in the 70s when we would visit her. And she used to sing it to my mother as a child. Now I sing it to my son, who chimes in regularly, ever since he was two. Thank you for your site. I’m glad to learn the origin and how the song has traveled! Here are my Nanee’s lyrics:

    Here comes the Sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand
    With his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleepy children

    Go to sleep my (name of child)
    Close your sleepy eyes
    The lady moon will watch you
    Throughout the dark’ning skies
    All the stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my (name of child)
    Go to sleep, Goodnight

  53. sarah Haycock says:

    My Grandmother used to sing this lullaby to my sister,brother and i when we were little.Her mother also sang it to her .She was from Edinburgh,Scotland.I now sing it to my children who know the word off by heart.My version is slightly different to yours.
    HERE COMES THE SANDMAN,STEPPING SO LIGHTLY,STEALING ALONG ON HIS OWN TINY TOES,AS HE SCATTERS THE SAND,WITH HIS OWN TINY HANDS,IN THE EYES OF THE SLEEPING CHILDREN.
    GO TO SLEEP MY BABY,GO TO SLEEP GOODNIGHT,THE LADY MOON IS WATCHING FROM OUT THE DEEP BLUE NIGHT.THE LITTLE STARS ARE PEEPING,TO SEE IF YOU ARE SLEEPING,GO TO SLEEP MY BABY GO TO SLEEP ,GOODNIGHT.BUM BUM!

  54. Michael says:

    Hi there!

    The other day, completely out the blue after about 17 years, the melody of a lullaby arose in my mind as I was settling down to bed. It became gradually clearer and one or two of the words presented themselves to me…..And, after typing them into Google the next day, I was delighted to find this forum and the name of lullaby, which the memory of which my skin and dreams had somehow retained for these many years and ‘randomly’ resurfaced the other night!
    I have been trying to find an mp3 of the tune and was wondering if anyone had any idea where I could listen to it or download it – I’ve had a look at the lullaby compilation CDs mentioned above but, seen as it is only this one song I am interested in and the CDs are only available in the US anyway (I’m in the UK (Preston)), I’d hoped to just find the individial song online…..Any ideas?! Does anyone have it on their computer who would be willing to email it to me.
    All the best and thanks for the help you have already provided me with,
    Michael
    (Michaelmolyneux@hotmail.com)

  55. Mike Whitla says:

    Michael

    I have a really nice version of the song on my cd “Elephants have wrinkles”. As this is how I make my living I can’t send you an mp3 of the file.
    If you are interested in getting the cd you can order it here:
    http://shop.rainbowsongs.com/mike-whitla-elephants-have-wrinkles-p-30.html

    We do ship to the UK!!

    Mike

  56. Michael says:

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for posting a reply so quickly!
    I understand that you can’t send the mp3 but, regrettably, I can’t bring myself to spend that much for one song! Plus, and this is nothing personal, just my own taste, I would prefer to hear the song sung by a women…
    Any other advice as to where I can hear/buy the song by itself/cheaply?
    Many Thanks,
    Michael

  57. Mike Whitla says:

    Michael

    I don’t know anywhere else to get the song. The version on my cd is sung by a Lyric tenor named Alan Gasser and boy is it sweet.
    You can hear him singing on this post:
    http://www.rainbowsongs.com/mikeblog/2006/12/24/ave-maria-for-christmas/

  58. Joan Snively says:

    This blog was such a fun find! This song has generational history for our family as it does for so many other families. We are at least into the fourth generation as I now sing it to our grandchildren. I have two brothers and a sister who also continue to sing The Sandman Song. I listened to your sound byte, Mike. Your tune is the same as the one we use but many of our lyrics are uniquely different…

    Here comes the Sandman
    Tripping so lightly
    Tripping along on the tips of his toes
    As he sprinkles the sand
    With his wee little hand
    In the eyes of the sleepy children
    Go to sleep my baby (or child’s name)
    Close your dreamy eyes
    The Sandman comes to greet you
    From out the starry skies
    The little birds are peeking
    To see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my baby (or child’s name)
    Close your eyes… Goodnight.

    I just tonight read bedtime stories and sang Sandman over the phone to a local 6 year old grandson! Mine seems to be the only version that includes “peeking birds!” Not sure where they came from. My family is midwest (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois). Great grandparents came from France and Wales. Thanks again for your blog – very entertaining, very nostalgic. What an amazing global history the Sandman has “sprinkled” on the world! Joan Snively

  59. Ronda F. says:

    I did a Google search on the words to the song as my mom sang it to me when I was a kid. That is how I found this site. I am in my 50s now. I never knew anything about the song except that she learned it from her dad.

    I will post it as she sang it to me. This is me singing.

    http://www.netreach.net/~myronda/lullaby_mom_sang.wav

  60. Mike Whitla says:

    Ronda

    Thanks so much for stopping by and posting your recording. Indeed that is the same song we all know here.
    Wonderful to have you singing!!

  61. Sara says:

    Mike,
    Like so many others, I am very excited to find the history of this song. Indeed I sang it to my children when they were young, my mother sang it to me and my grandmother sang it to all of us. Noone knew where it came from – I suspected like others that it was only known in my family as noone else seemed to have ever heard it. My grandmother was Scotch Irish and came from Antrim County Ireland in to early 1900s.
    Today I was talking with a friend and said Let’s just Google it! and here you are. What a wonder. Our words are some mixture of all that you have written –
    Here comes the sandman, stepping so lightly,
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes.
    And he scatters the sand, with his own little hands,
    In the eyes of the sleepy children.

    Go to sleep my baby, close your sleepy eyes.
    The lady moon is watching throughout the darkening skies.
    The little stars are peeping, to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep my baby. Close your sleepy eyes.
    Close your sleepy eyes.
    Close your sleepy eyes.

    I would love to hear the tunes that people are singing. The recording in comment 59 is obviously related but not the same as ours. I am sure that we have all embellished the tune. So… interesting…… Thanks for the info.
    Sara

  62. Dianne McNiven says:

    Last week had the oppotunity to baby sit for a friend with no grandchildren yet of my own [I am 55]
    my 33 year old daughter called in to see my little person Paige 8 months
    When it was time for her bottle and sleep this song just automaticly came out with my daughter saying thats what Nan used to sing to us !
    These are the words my nan who would be 114 this June born England 1894 sang to me then my Mum to my children and so on
    I needed to know the origin as well so googled and found this sight as my daughter wanted to write it in a book for a babys gift
    so thankyou all little bits have helped.
    Di

    ************************************************************
    Here comes the sandman verse is the same but the next verse went like this

    **************************************************
    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your eyes goodnight
    the mother Moon is watching
    From out the starry skies
    Baby stars are peeping, to see if you are sleeping,
    Go to sleep my baby, close your eyes goodnight.

  63. David says:

    I was pleased to find this thread on this old lullaby. My mother sang it to me when I was a baby in the early 60′s. Of course the lyrics took their own turn and the version I remember is somewhat different and much shorter from the others on this thread. When my first child was born in 2002 I began singing it to him (as best a I could recall) every night and have made it part of the nightly routine ever since. I feel it is a nice gift to pass on to my next generation. My son also likes to sing it to his younger sister when he helps me put her to bed as well. When I ask him why I like the song so much he always responds, “because your Mom sang it to you every night when you were a baby.” Here is my version:

    Here comes the sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    As he scatters the sand
    Through his own little hands
    To the eyes of sleeping children

    Go to sleep my baby
    Go to sleep goodnight
    While little birds are peeping
    My little (insert name) is sleeping
    Go to sleep my baby
    Go to sleep goodnight.

  64. JOAN RICHARDSON says:

    At the age of 68 now, I remember by mother singing Here Comes the Sandman, and now sing it to my grand kids. I remember little different way of words, “Here comes the sandman, steppin so softly, stealing along on the tips of his toes. He scatters the sand with his own little hand, in the eyes of the sleepy children.Go to sleep my little baby, close your sleepy little eyes, the sandman is comin, your mammy (I sing your Grammy) is hummin’ a lullaby” I wondered for years about this song, I so glad to know something about it, and it wasn’t something my mother made up.

  65. Ann Rueve says:

    I was born in 1946. My nickname was “Babesie”. My mother used to sing this lullaby to me and add my name in the song, so it went “….he scatters the sand in the eyes of my sleepy Babesie, Go to sleep my Babesie, close your sleepy eyes…..”. I just loved the song and sang it to my kids and grandkids too.

  66. Mateus Bastos says:

    Thank you very much for all the information!!!

    I just made a film based on a simplified version of this song. I was afraid it was copyrighted (Belive me! People have been registering folk songs for Centuries!) and your testimonials just show how long people has been singing it for!

    More than ever, we must keep singing to our children!

    Thank you all again!

    P.S> If you want to see the film, it´s called:
    Sandman`s Lullaby
    and you can find it on http://www.dibaexpressonline.com

  67. Edyth Bassett says:

    In reply to the wonderful stories about this song, I would like to add mine. I am 87 years old. I was born in 1920 and in December 1923 my mother died. I lived with my maternal grandparents. My 3 month old baby sister lived with my father’s cousin and my 2 year old brother lived with another of Father’s cousins. My 5 year old brother lived with my father and his parents.
    When I was 7 years old, Father died and when I was 9 my grandfather died after a prolonged illness. It was 1929, the depression hit, and people were suddenly poor. I stayed with my aunt and uncle in their one room apartment and slept on the floor and sometimes in the large baby bed. There was no one to sing the Sandman song to me. They both worked, my aunt only 4 hours a day, while I looked after the 9 month old baby.
    Grandmother said I would be better off in the Girls Parental Home where I would be able to go to school and perhaps get help to go to college. I arrived at a lovely home on a farm with about a hundred girls.
    Shortly thereafter one of the supervisors decided we should put on a play “Hansel and Gretal”. She added a sandman to sing Hansel and Gretal to sleep outside the witch’s house. I was the sandman and I danced around and sang:
    Here comes the Sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand
    With his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleepy children.

    Oh hear the Sandman
    Singing so softly
    Singing the children to sleep everywhere
    See them close their bright eyes
    See them nod their tired heads
    And hear the Sandman singing.

    Go to sleep my children
    Close your sleepy eyes
    The Lady Moon will watch you
    From out the darkening skies
    The little stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my children
    Go to sleep. Good night.

    I think I should add that I had four children and sang the Sandman song to each of them

  68. Mike Whitla says:

    Mateus

    Thanks for your story about this song. But this song is not a folk song as we do know who wrote it.

  69. Mike Whitla says:

    Edyth

    Thanks for your touching story about this amazing song.

    I’m so glad you stopped by to share it.

  70. jules says:

    I am so glad that you have this website! My mom used to sing this to us when we were little and i’ve always thought about this song, thinking about the lyrics….my memory is a little fuzzy and i’m not sure my mom sung it exactly like others (i really should ask her!) i know she added in ‘close your big blue eyes’ and added our names instead of darling.
    USA

  71. Linda Lamb says:

    The Sandman is a song that my mother sang to me, that I have sung to all 4 of my children, and am still asked to sing it to my 7 year old. I have read through the many versions on the site and although very similar I can’t see an exact copy of the that I sing.

    Here comes the Sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    As he scatters the sand
    With his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleepy children

    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your sleepy eyes
    Angles up above you
    Are watching you from the skies
    My darling baby
    Stars begin to peep
    Time for little boys like you
    To go to sleep.

    It’s good to know that sandman is being sung to children, whatever the version and very interesting to read everyone’s stories

  72. Don Beck says:

    This was the song my dad sang to me; I sang to my kids and grandkids; and they in turn sing to their kids.

    Here is our version:

    Here comes the sandman
    stepping so lightly
    stealing along on the tips of his toes
    As he scatters the sand
    with his own little hands
    in the eyes of the night, night, children

    Go to sleep my babies,
    close your night, night eyes.
    The sandman will watch you
    throughout the darkening skies.

    And the little moon is peeping
    just to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep my babies
    go to sleep goodnight.

    I’m tired now and sleepy too
    Come put me in my little bedsy wedsy wed.

    Thank you everybody for listening in
    and God bless you!

  73. Peggy says:

    It’s interesting to see how songs can change a little, by just passing them down from one generation to the next.
    My grandfather was Danish and sang this song to my mother and she sang it to “us”. I sang it to my children and now would like to pass it to my daughter to sing to her little girls.

    My mother would change it up a little… she would add the color of “our” eyes to the song to make it a little personal.

    “Go to sleep my baby
    Close your pretty blue eyes” …or green or brown

    I was very Happy to have found your site Mike…Thank you!

    How wonderful to have such wonderful things to keep “our” familes tied together!

  74. michele weinbaum says:

    I can not believe I found this site my grand mother who just recently passed away always sang this to my sisters and I. I have four children of my own and wanted to male sure that someone in our family continued to sing this song, So in honor of my grandmother and because I always loved it I sing it to my children. Here is her version. She grew up in Warsaw Poland.

    Here comes the sandman
    stepping so lightly
    stepping along on the tips of his toes
    and he scatters the sand with his own little hand
    in the eyes of the sleepy children

    Go to sleep my children
    close your sleepy eyes
    the lady moon will watch you beneath the darkened skies

  75. michele weinbaum says:

    Sorry did not finish my daughter hit the button any way the rest is

    The little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my children
    Go to sleep good night

    I am so glad other people sing this adorable song I always loved it and will continue to sing it for many years to come.

  76. Mike Whitla says:

    michelle

    Thanks for your story. You are the first person who has a story from a non-English speaking country. Wow this song got around!!

  77. marge says:

    I did a google search because I just remembered this song my mother sang to us. Having my newborn granddaughter in my arms brought up these distant memories, but I wasn’t sure about the words. My mother was born in 1911 in NYC. Her mother was Irish (came to NY as a child in 1870′s) & sang many songs that my mother then sang to us. These are the words as I remembered them:

    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your little eyes
    Mother Moon is watching
    From out the starry skies
    Little stars are peeping (peeking?), to see if you are sleeping,
    Go to sleep my baby, go to sleep goodnight.

  78. Susan Buck says:

    My grandmother sang this to my mother who sang it to me. She was born in 1900 in Connecticut and descended from England. Her version was:

    Here comes the Sandman creeping so softly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    as he gathers the sand with his wee little hand in the eyes of the sleeping children
    Go to sleep my children, close your sleepy eyes
    The lady moon is watching throughout the darkened skies
    The little stars are peeping to see if you are sleeping
    So go to sleep my children
    Go to sleep, Goodnight

  79. Susan Moore says:

    My sister and I sing this song to our grandchildren and hope that they sing it to their children. We had no idea where our mother learned this song but we cherish it. I would be greatly interested in knowing it’s origin.

  80. sandy hampl says:

    how exciting to find this web site. My sister (comment # 79 ) & I learned this beautiful lullabye from our mom who is of Polish decent. I have considered making a recording of this lullabye & other sweet songs from mom to leave to my grandkids

  81. Caffs says:

    I had my Mum on the phone this evening and it was my daughters’ bedtime, so my Mum started singing the version to her (with me on duet!) that me & my younger brother grew up with and that I have sung to my 2yr old daughter since she was born … always manages to calm her, even if it’s not bedtime!!! I asked my Mum if it was one she made up (it’s been years since it was sung to me by her.. bought back memories of snuggling up in bed…) and she said no, it was sung to her by her Mother and also by my Great Grandma. Goodness knows how much further back it goes…

    The version sung was….

    Go to sleep my baby
    Close Your pretty Eyes
    Angels up above you
    Watching from the skies
    Great big moon is shining
    Stars begin to peep
    Time for little children called (childs name)
    To go-to-sleep

    It’s amazing how much information regarding various wordings is out there … at least I have now found it’s origins and how the words have been taken from the Sandman.

    Thankyou all for your research and findings …

    • Emma says:

      Out of all of the versions here, yours is the closest to what my Grandmother sang to me!

      Go to sleep my baby
      Close your big blue eyes
      Angels up above you
      Watching you from the skies
      Great big moon is shining
      Stars begin to peep
      Time for little pickaninnies
      To go-to-sleep.

      Having just googled the word pickaninnies and discovered the meaning I’m now even more interested in how it got in my grandmother’s version of the song as her history is Anglo Indian.

  82. Barbara Alling says:

    I am a children’s librarian at our local library. We are starting a special story time program for toddlers/babies. At the end of each session, I will be singing a lullaby which the moms can learn. I decided to start with the one my mother sang to me. As I am 77 years old, this gives that song a life of at least that many years. She told me in later years, that her mother, who came from Scotland, had sung this lullaby to all of her seven children. My mom died in 1991 at the age of 83. She was the eldest of the seven – yes, that lullaby has been around for at least 100 years. As I sang it to my daughters, I would remember how as a child I used to form pictures in my mind of the sandman, moon and stars. When I found “sand” at the corners of my eyes in the morning, I was thrilled that the sandman had passed by. By singing to the moms and children who attend the story time, it will be a pleasure to teach another generation this quiet, peaceful lullaby.

  83. ColleenCochraneKamp says:

    I was singing this lullaby to my son tonight, a lullaby that my Grandmother (of German decent) used to sing to my brother and sister and me. I couldn’t remember all of the words so when I searched I found this great, informative blog. There was a response a few years back from someone named “Judi”, and I was just wondering if that may be my father’s cousin, Judi, who we have lost touch with. The place, time of birth and name, and the fact that she knew the Sandman song are quite coincidental. Just wondering if there is any way to get in contact with her after this long of a timeframe. My father has just passed, and I just thought it would be nice to contact her, if it is in fact the same Judi. Wouldn’t that be interesting if it is her! Also, thank you so much for your research on the words, I can now carry this lullaby forward without tripping.

  84. Samantha says:

    My grandma use to sing this song to me when I was little. But from what I remember I thought it was a little different. I could be wrong because I was so young but I still somewhat remember the lyrics. My mom and I are trying to figure it out because my grandma may be passing soon and just wanted to find the right lyrics.

    Here comes the sandman, stepping so lightly
    up on the tip of his toes, he scatters the sand, with his own little
    hand, on the eyes of the sleeping children.
    Go to sleep my baby
    Go to sleep goodnight
    The lady moon is watching, upon the clear blue sky
    The little (man or stars) are peeping, to see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my baby
    Go to sleep goodnight.

  85. Mary Ann Leventis says:

    I was so excited to know that other people knew this song. I am 66 years old and my mother sang this song to me and my brother and sister when we were babies. I have sung this to my grandchildren. The words I know go like this:

    Here comes the sandman, stepping so lightly
    Sailing away on the tips of his toes
    As he scatters the sand, with his own little hands
    In the eyes of my sleeping children
    Go to sleep my baby, close your sleepy eyes
    The lady moon is watching, beyond the starry skies
    The little stars are peeping, to see if baby is sleeping
    Go to sleep my baby, go to sleep my baby.

  86. Brian Claricoates says:

    Here is the way I remember it – it is really neat how I found all of the words of my version among several different versions. My grandmother sang it to my mother who sang it to me and I sang it to my own little girls. I hope they will remember it and sing it to their children.

    Here comes the sandman, stepping so softly,
    Stealing away on the tips of his toes.
    And he scatters the sand, with his own little hands,
    In the eyes of the sleepy children.
    Go to sleep my baby, close your sleepy eyes.
    The lady moon is watching from out the dark blue skies.
    The little birds are peeking to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep my baby. Go to sleep, good night.

  87. Deb C. says:

    thank you, mike. like everyone else who have posted here, i’ve wondered about this particular tune. i’m pleased to know the origin. it was fun to read the tune in the original sheet music, and yep, it’s the same tune, right down to the octave drop on the word “children” as my family would sing it. this was my oldest son’s favorite lullaby as a young child, but alas my younger son wanted nothing to do with this song! it was too sissy for him! :) ah…kids…

    here’s how we sang it – no significant changes, but it’s great to feel a connection with so many in what is still a relatively little known lullaby. thank you again for this, mike. going to sleep tonight with a smile on my face and a warmth in my heart. (yes, i know how cheesy that sounds!) :)

    here comes the sand man
    stepping so lightly
    stealing around on his little tip toes
    as he scatters the sand
    with his wee, tiny hand
    in the eyes of the little children
    go to sleep my children
    close your sleepy eyes
    the lady moon is watching
    from out the darkening skies
    the little starts are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping
    go to sleep my children
    go to sleep
    good night

  88. annie markee says:

    hallo mike— I have a question about the Sandman! Mum used to sing this lullaby to my four children (now all grown up )and these were the verses she sang—
    The Sandman lives by the shadow hill
    Where the river of dreams runs dark and still
    And he goes to the shore his sacks to fill
    Hey Ho for the Sandman

    Sleep soft slumber light
    Pleasant visions be yours tonight
    Close your eyes——-till the red sunrise
    S sings the Sandman.

    When the lights are lit and the curtains close
    Round the city the Sandman goes
    In the little ones eyes his dust he throws
    Hey Ho for the Sandman.

    Sleep soft slumber——–etc

    I think there are more verses–my Mum sang one once and
    never remember it again–Does anyone out there know them
    please because there are lots of eager English grandchildren l
    longing to hear them!!!!
    Keeping my fingers crossed
    Annie Markee

    • Jayne says:

      Wow – so much on this little tune , Annie Markee I have been desperate to hear these lyrics again for years – as this is the song my Gran used to sing to me – anyone have more info on this version /

  89. Cyn says:

    Very interesting. I have been searching for information on this song for a very long time as well. My father sang this song to me, and all the generations of Adams’ before him sang it to their children as well. I sang it to my daughters who now sing it to my grandchildren. This has been going on for hundreds of years. Our version as omitted some lines and changed others but here it is:

    “Here comes the Sandman, stepping so lightly, taking the sand from his little brown hands to the eyes of sleepy children.
    Go to sleep my children, close your weary eyes, the mother moon is peeping to see if you are sleeping….go to sleep my children and close your weary eyes…go to sleep my children, go to sleep…goodnight.”

    It seems someone along the way forgot some of the lines and improvised but it it definately the same song.

  90. JP Baxter says:

    My mother used to sing this to me when I was little, and I sang it to my boys. I think my grandmother sang it to my mom, but I’m not sure. For time reference, my mother was born in 1925.
    I have slightly different words than the ones you posted. As you said, it’s probably because it was handed down by word of mouth. The only people I know who even know this song are my siblings. Even my dad didn’t know it.

    My version:
    Here comes the Sandman. Tripping so lightly. Tripping along o nthe tips of his toes, scatt’ring the sand with hsi own little hand into the eyes of sleepy children.
    Go to sleep my darling. Close your weary eyes. The lady Moon is watching you from out the dark blue skies. The little stars are peeping to see if you are sleeping. Go to sleep my darling, close your weary eyes.

  91. S L Gibson says:

    This song has been passed down through generations in my family according to an email I recieved from my mother:

    Your great grandmother Mimi used to sing it to me and my siblings when we were young. She was Scottish but lived in England in her teens. I’m not sure of the origin of the song but it has been passed down for generations, I’m sure.

    This is the slightly changed version that I sing to my children:

    Here comes the Sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    On the very tips of his toes
    As he scatters that sand
    With his own little hand
    Into the eyes
    Of the sleepy children

    Go to sleep my (child’s name)
    Close your sleepy eyes
    The Lady Moon is watching
    Above the darkened skies
    The little stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping

    Go to sleep my (child’s name)
    Close your eyes
    Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight

    I just think that it flows a bit better and singing your child’s name adds to the magic.

  92. Amy B says:

    My granny, from Chicago, who would now be 114, passed it down to my grandmother and mother.
    The words are slightly different and the song was sung while the mother’s hands would lightly “step” and “sprinkle the sand” on the top of the child’s head.

    Here comes the sandman, stepping so lightly
    moving along on the tips of his toes.
    And he scatters the sand with his own little hand
    into the eyes of the sleepy children.
    Go to sleep my (name), close your BIG (COLOR OF EYES) EYES.
    The lady moon will watch you, throughout the starry skies.
    The little stars are peeping to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep now (name). Go to sleep, goodnight.

  93. M. Murray says:

    Hi I am 40 and my grandmother used to sing this to me when I went for a sleep over.
    I have sung it to all of my children It is one of my fondest childhood memories. Our family version goes like this

    Here comes the sandman
    stepping so lightly
    stealing away on the tips of his toes
    he scatters the sand
    with his own little hand
    in the eyes of sleepy children
    so go to sleep my baby
    close your pretty blue eyes

    the lady moon is watching
    from out the big blue skies
    and all the little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping
    so go to sleep my baby
    close your pretty blue eyes.

  94. Tracey C. says:

    Im 57 and my Danish Grandmother sang this song to me often. I sang it to my sons now 30 and 26, and now a grandson 2. Today when I was singing my grandson to sleep I wondered if anyone else had heard of this song. I was happy to find others that have heard it.
    My Grandmother’s word were:

    Here comes the sandman
    stepping so softly
    stealing along on the tips of his toes.
    He scatters the sand with his own little hand
    into the eyes of sleepy children.
    So, go to sleep my (NAME)
    close those dreary eyes,
    the man in the moon is watching
    through out the darkning sky.
    The little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping,
    so go to sleep my (NAME)
    go to sleep, goodnight.

    What a great memory, now I can go to sleep. This was bothering me so I got out of bed to research it. Goodnight!!

  95. arimm says:

    I was a child in wartime England and my dad (a veteran of WW1) used to play the guitar and sing songs about the “West”.  He had been in the Canadian west from 1922 to 1932.  I was amazed to discover that some of the songs of the west were thought to have been written by a fellow named, Fred Breakall, who, I think, lived in Manchester and had never left England.  Also my mother would sing, Here comes the Sandman, also attributed to Breckles.

    Before she died in 2002, I had again raised the matter of Fred Breakall and “his” songs with my sister and she sang and wrote ,down Here comes the Sandman plus others without name.  I have tried to track down this fellow Breakall but with no success but certainly my siblings (all dead) knew of him.

    Here are a couple of others for you to think about:  I have no vested interest in the authorship of any of this but would like to know their origins.  I’m almost embarrassed writing the words of the second song, being how attitudes have changed over the years, but I give you those words as they were given to me.

    Alan Rimmer
    Kitchener, Ontario.

    Sleep my little curly-headed baby
    Falling fast asleep on mama’s knee.
    Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry
    Sorrow will come soon enough by and by.
    On a little stream of life you’re drifting
    When your troubles come you’ll want to be
    Just a curly-headed baby
    Back on your mother’s knee

    And

    I’ze a little Alabama Coon
    And I ain’t been born berry long
    I ‘member seeing a big red moon
    I ‘member hearing one sweet song.

    When dey took me down to the cotton fields
    Dere I rolled and tumbled in de sun.
    While me daddy picked de cotton, mama watched me grow
    And dis is the song she sung:

    Go to sleep my little Picaninny
    Briar Fox will catch you if you don’t
    Slumber on the bosom of your dear old mama ginny
    Mama’s goin’ to slap you if you don’t.

    A loo  A loo  A loo  A loo
    Underneath the southern silvery moon.

    Hush-a bye, don’t you cry, mama’s little baby
    Mama’s little Alabama coon

  96. Rebecca says:

    This song has also been passed down through the generations of my Australian family! Our version goes:
    Here comes the Sandman
    Singing a song
    Sprinkling the sand with his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleeping children
    Go to sleep my baby
    Shut your little eyes*
    The little stars are peeping
    from out the bright blue skies
    the little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping
    go to sleep my baby
    shut your little eyes.

    *in my family of blue-eyed children, this line is transforming into ‘shut your big blue eyes’ Also, the child’s name is often substituted for ‘baby’ Having read these versions, I think I’m going to adopt ‘darkened skies’ when I sing it at night. I sang this song to my babies from their first days of life – my grandmother remembers her mother singing it to her.

  97. tonneson says:

    My grandmother, whose parents arrived in Boston from Norway, then later moved and met at the Salvation Army in Chicago, sang this to me and my cousin when we stayed at her house. I think my father said grandma sang it to him when he was little, so I’d guess that my great-grandmother sang it also. Unless, that is, it came from grandpa’s side- English, also settled around Chicago. The lyrics she used:
    Here comes the sand man
    Stepping so lightly
    Stealing away on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand
    with his own little hand
    in the eyes of the sleepy children
    Go to sleep my (child’s name)
    Go to sleep, Good night
    The lady moon is watching
    Through out the dark’ning skies
    The little starts are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep, (child’s name)
    Go to sleep
    Good night
    All four of my children had this sung to them by me, and all four sing it. The oldest ones have sung it to the littlest ones, and when I didn’t get to tucking her in fast enough, the littlest one was in her room singing it sweetly to herself!!!! I didn’t know if anyone else had ever heard of it.

  98. jane currie says:

    my gran used to sing this to me as a child she was born in australia in 1913 and i thin this is where this lullaby comes from.

  99. Suzie Lampe says:

    I remember my mother singing this song to my little brother 70 years ago. I was born in 1938 and he was born in 1940. She skipped the 2nd verse, or I don’t remember it and I have probably changed some words as I remembered them…for our 10th grandchild…Here comes the Sandman
    stepping so lightly
    stepping along on the tips of his toes
    and he scatteres the sand
    from his neat little hand
    into the eyes of the sleepy children

    Go to sleep my baby
    close your little eyes
    the sandman is peeking
    from out the darkened skies
    Little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping
    go to sleep my baby
    close your little eyes! :wink:

  100. bekah says:

    My mother sang a rendition of this song to me too. Her version went like this:

    Here comes the sandman
    stepping so lightly
    stealing along on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand
    with his own little hand
    in the eyes of my sleeping (here you insert the child’s name)

    Go to sleep my (child’s name)
    Close your big (child’s eye color) eyes
    The big old moon is watching you
    from out o’ the darkening skies.
    The little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep my (child’s name).
    Go to sleep good night.

    I presume that my mother would have learned this song from one of her parents. My grandmother was born in Iowa in the 1890′s, and my grandfather was born at the same time in West Virginia. Do you have any idea where and when this song originated?

    Sincerely,
    Bekah

  101. Elizabeth NIKITIN says:

    This lullaby came to me through my maternal mother and grandmother who brought it with her from England. I would guess that its origin was more than a century and a half ago. Here is the version I grew with:

    Here Comes the Sandman (composer unknown)
    Here comes the Sandman, stepping so lightly
    Ove the sea and over the land
    As he scatters the sand with his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleepy children.
    Go to sleep my darling, close your tired eyes
    Mother moon is watching to take you by surprise.
    The little stars are peeping, to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep, my darling, go to sleep, good night

  102. Elizabeth NIKITIN says:

    Please forgive the typo ove = over and darling should have been changed to baby… other than that, it is good to go. e

  103. sally says:

    here are the words my mom use to sign to me. I was born in 1944, so this was many moons ago.

    Go to sleep my sally
    close your pretty eyes
    angel heads above you
    peaking at my sally from the skies

    great big moon is shining
    stars begin to peek
    time for sleepy heads like sally
    to go to sleep

    has anyone every heard this song sung this way?
    would love to know. thanks. Sally

  104. Sallie says:

    My mother sang this song to me from the time I was born. She learned it from my father’s mother who was born in 1913. I have such fond memories of this song. Here is the version they used to sing to me:

    Here comes the sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand
    With his own little hand
    In the eyes of weary children

    Go to sleep my children
    Close your weary eyes
    The lady moon is watching you
    From out the darkening skies

    The little stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping
    So go to sleep my children
    Close your eyes, goodnight.

  105. Sarah says:

    I am so glad I found this website! I was born in 1978 and my mother sang it to her and her mother sang it to her. I suppose her mother must have sung it to her, also. My mother’s mother died when my mother was 12 years old, but my great grandmother didn’t die until I was 12 or 13 years old. I do know that my great grandmother was born in 1898, so it would make sense that she sang the song to her children. Our lyrics go like this:
    Here comes the Sandman
    Stepping so softly
    Stealing away on the tips of his toes.
    As he scatters the sand
    With his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleeping children.
    So go to sleep my Jacob(Kid’s name).
    Close your tired eyes.
    The lady moon is watching
    From out the darkening sky.
    The little stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep my Jacob
    Close your eyes, good night.

    My mother’s family lived in the Toledo, OH since, I assume her grandmother (my great grandmother) was a little girl. My kids are 6 and 2 and we both sing this song to them every night.

    There is another song that my mom used to sing to me and it’s really kind of morbid, but has a sleepy tune.

    I saw the boat go round the bend
    Good bye my lover, good bye.
    It hit on a snag and went end over end.
    Good bye my lover, good bye.
    Bye baby, bye oh.
    Bye baby, bye oh.
    Bye baby, bye oh.
    Good bye my lover, good bye.

    Anyone ever heard of this song before? It used to make my son cry, so I changed the words but kept the melody.

    • Mike Whitla says:

      You are right those are morbid, but I like that! . I’d love to hear the melody for “bye, baby bye.”

      If you have the ability to record yourself that would be really cool to hear the melody.

  106. gail landini says:

    my grandmother would sing that song to us when we were little. no one else had ever heard of this. how wonderful

  107. Roberta G says:

    My fondest memories are of my Momma in her rocking chair singing her babies to sleep by the oil lamp light. This was one of the many songs she would sing. The words I remember are.. Here comes the sandman walking so softly stepping along on the tips of his toes, and he scatters the sand, with his own little hands into the eyes of sleepy children. Go to sleep my baby, close your eyes so tight. , the sandman is coming from out of heaven tonight, the lady moon is watching, to see if you are sleeping, so go to.sleep my baby, close your eyes and dream. I just wonder if we have the same melody. I like you was just told that it was an old lullaby . It is strange but I remember a lot of the songs she sang to her 10 children and I have sung them to my children (now in there 30 & 40s.) God bless.

  108. momulley says:

    My mother used to sing a version of the sandman to me when I was a toddler. I m 75 now.
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    The sandman lives by the shadow hill
    where the River of Dreams runs dark and still
    When down to the shore his sacks to fill
    Hey ho for the sandman.
    Sleep soft, slumber light
    Pleasant visions be yours tonight
    Close your eyes till the bright sun rise
    So sings the sandman

    When lights are lit and the curtains closed
    Round the city the sandman goes
    In the little ones’ eyes the dust he throws
    Hey ho for the sandman.
    Sleep soft, etc.

    Regards
    Mo Mulley

    • Ruth says:

      This is the version my mum and Nan sang to me and my sisters. I could only remember the tune and first two lines (the sandman lives by a quiet hill……) thankyou as I was singing it to my 4 month old son and Googled when I couldn’t get any further
      Thankyou so much
      Ruth . bristol UK

  109. Linda J. Oakley says:

    Rebekah of Australia’s post on Feb 5, 2011 has the words closest to the ones I learned from my mother who learned it from her mother (my grandmother born in 1887 who was a school teacher in a one-room school house with wood stove). My grandmother was from Indiana, USA and my mother was from Minnesota. I have since sung this song many many times to my nieces, my nephew, and the children of my closest friends. Even the ones now in college still fondly remember and ask me to sing it again. My oldest niece even secretly taped me singing it so she could hear it again and again. What a sweet tribute to this wonderful song.

    Here are the words I sing as my mother taught me, along with varying hand motions and gentle stroking of the face, chin, shoulder, eyelids and hair ~ the children LOVE it!!!

    Here comes the sand man,
    stepping so softly,
    sprinkling the sand
    with his own little hands
    in the eyes of sleepy children.
    Go to sleep my darling,
    close your little eyes,
    The lady moon is watching
    above the starry skies.
    The little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep my darling,
    Go. To. Sleep.

    (I sing the last line in a sort of staccato and repeat the last two lines, then sometimes sing the song a second time just to prolong the tender, sweet time the children and I so love. I can tell they love it by the curling up of the corners of their mouth.)

  110. Linda J. Oakley says:

    I just checked youtube.com and there is a good video rendition of the most common words here. It is by bigredemmy posted in 2008, labeled: “D & A get the sandman song in their bedtime routine.” It is the same melody I know but with different words.

  111. Karen Walker says:

    You have just made me cry! What beautiful memories of a beautiful woman who sang me to sleep..again my Grandmother

  112. Barb Kroll says:

    My Mom sang this to me and I sang it to my children

  113. Rachel Zurflueh says:

    It has been wonderful reading all of these posts. My Grandmother, who was born in New Jersey in 1915(she was the oldest of 5) sang this song to me and my siblings as kids…. and now we sing it to all of ours. I never knew there was a second verse, I’m going to memorize it to teach it to my kids. I hope that Lucine Finch smiling in heaven knowing all the joy this little lullaby has brought!

  114. Hi Mike, I have a slightly different version that my mom sang to my sister and me growing up in the ’50′s and 60′s, and I sang to my girls when they were little. We’re from Philadelphia. Before finding this website, I’ve never found anyone other than us who knew the song.

    Here comes the Sandman stepping so softly
    Stealing away on the tips of his toes
    as he sprinkles the sand with his own little hand
    into eyes of sleepy children.

    Go to sleep my ________ (fill in the child’s name)
    go to sleep goodnight.
    The lady moon is watching from out the starry skies.
    The little stars are peeking to see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my _________, go to sleep good night.

  115. Sharon Chown says:

    Hi Mike,

    I am blown away that there are so many people who have come into contact with the song ‘Here Comes the Sandman’; and with just how many versions there are.

    My Nanna (born in 1919 – Now 93yrs old) sang this song to me and my two brothers as children, when she babysat us and we loved her to sing us lullabyes at bedtime.

    I have since sung it to children I nannied for and have now been singing it to my own children (9yrs and down). However, up until recently I had not been convinced I was singing it correctly through the ‘Lady moon is watching’ part.

    When recently visiting my Nanna in a nursing home, my kids asked her to sing it for them. It was here I worked out the part I had been singing incorrectly all these years.

    When we returned home, my kids were telling my husband about my new finding and when he went to sing this much loved lullabye to them, they said he had to use the ‘right words’.

    As a result, he went in search of the words and found this site of yours…and what a finding it has been.

    My Nannas ancestory is Welsh and Scottish. So here goes her version:

    Here comes the sandman
    Treading so softly
    Stealing away on the tips of his toes
    As he sprinkles the sand from his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleeping children

    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your sleepy eyes
    The lady moin is watching
    Beneath the starlit skies

    The little stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping.

    Go to sleep my baby
    Goodnight sweet child
    Goodnight!

    Because we are a Christian family, and one of my daughters are quite often scared about going to sleep alone, I drew some parallels for her from the song.

    I told her to imagine that God was the sandman coming to do one last check on her and to make sure everything was safe in her room before helping her to relax for sleep.

    The ladymoon is the angel that is sent to watch over her and ensure she is safe and protected whilst she sleeps and the stars provide the light she will need if she wakes up…leading her Daddy n Mummys room if we are needed.

    Look forward to following other comments that come in on this site. Thankyou for the music…and memories…

    Sharon

    PS

    My Nanna also used to sing a lullabye called ‘Dream Daddy’ which i have ben unsuccessful in finding ANY words for. If you are able to help, I’d love to hear from you.

  116. Ingrid Garland says:

    Hi Mike,

    I have also been searching for the origin of this song. Singing songs and reading at bedtime has always been a family tradition and we have been singing this song for generations. I have been singing it to my 4 year old since the day he was born. I know nothing about where it comes from but we are a true New England family from the Plymouth area and are decedents of the Pilgrims. I’ll type out the lyrics that have been passed down to me below.

    Here comes the sandman
    Stepping so lightly
    Tripping along on the tips of his toes
    He scatters the sand with his own little hands
    In the eyes of the sleeping children

    Go to sleep my children
    Close your little eyes
    The lady moon is watching beneath the darkening skies
    The little stars are peeping
    To see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my children
    Go to sleep… goodnight

    It’s wonderful to see that so many others are enjoying this great song as much as we have!

  117. Ann Hewitt says:

    I’m 78 and my mother, born in NYC, sang this to me and I sang it to my daughter and my two grand-
    daughters now 35 and 27.. Nice memories.
    Thanks.

  118. Sasha Gibson says:

    Our family has found the details on the thread fastenating. Our grandfather born 1919 Fife, Scotland sang this song chorus in modified version to my mum born 1942 who sang it to my sister and I.

    Mums words
    Go to sleep my darling
    Close your little eyes
    Angels are around you
    Keeping a watch oe’r from the skies

    Great big moon is shining
    Stars begin to peep
    Go to sleep my little darling
    Go to sleep.

    My mum remembers the last line as ‘time for little piccannis to go to sleep’ when grandad sang it to her.. My sister and I each have modified it slightly as we sing it to our kids. The song lives on. Thank you

  119. Valerie Carlson says:

    My grandmother sang this song to my mother who sang it to me. I sang it to my daughter who now sings it every night to her baby. That’s five generation, and I count six, because I am pretty sure my grandmother heard it from her mother. The words are almost identical. I just wanted to share a couple thoughts. My daughter searched this song online and put me onto this post. She read the published version of the song from 189X (?) and a lot of other people’s comments and I think it is a real testament to the oral tradition that the greatest similarities are between the be fusions that have been handed down through generations. The published version has the greatest differences.

  120. Elliah Terry says:

    This song has been in my family for many generations, but no one knows where it came from.

    Our version is like this:

    Here comes the sandman, the little sandman,
    stepping so light on the tips of his toes
    and he scatters the sand with his own little hands
    in the eyes of sleeping children.

    Go to sleep, my darling,
    close your little eyes.
    The lady moon is watching
    from out of the darkened skies.
    The little stars are peeping
    to see if you are sleeping.

    Go to sleep, my darling,
    close your eyes, good night.

  121. Phyllis Klingenfus nee Geary says:

    My Grandmother Winquist sang this song to her children and to myself and siblings, She was English and French, but was married to and emigree from Sweden. They were born in the 1880′s. This is her version:
    Here comes the Sandman
    stepping so lightly, stealing along on the tips of his toes.
    As he scatters the sand in the eyes of sleepy children.
    Go to sleep my little one
    close your big (blue,green brown) eyes
    The lady moon is watching you from out the darkening skies.
    The little stars are peeping to see if you are sleeping.
    Go to sleep my baby, go to sleep goodnight.

  122. Lesley Stoddart says:

    I was curious about the sandman song so googled it and found your site, wow I can hardly believe that the song is so widely sung throughout the generations and across the world, we are from Cumbria in England. My grandmother sang it to us and i now sing it to my grandson, a link through the generations. This is our version – very much the same as others.
    Here comes the sandman, stepping so lightly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes,
    As he scatters the sand, with his wee tiny hand
    In the eyes of the little children
    Go to sleep my baby, close your pretty eyes
    The lady moon is creeping across the clear blue skies
    The little stars are peeping, to see if you are sleeping
    Go to sleep my baby, go to sleep goodnight.

    So many lovely memories come flooding back. Thankyou

  123. Naomi says:

    My grandmother used to sing me this song to go to sleep with. I loved it. She passed away in 2012 and since then I’ve always tried to think of how the song went exactly and never could. Hers went: here comes the sandman, stepping to lightly, and he scatters the sand with his own little hands in the eyes of the sleepy children. Go to sleep my children go to sleep goodnight the little moon is watching the stars are shining bright. The little stars are peeping to see if you are sleeping. Go to sleep my children go to sleep goodnight.

  124. Regina Harrison says:

    I was watching a movie today, Mr. Dodd Takes the Air, starring Kenny Baker, 1939, and was immediately drawn to this song as he sang. I have searched and searched but have been unable to find Mr. Baker’s version of the song. I have enjoyed reading all of the stories of passing this song from generation to generation. It is just so beautiful and melodic. Thank you for the information about its origins.

  125. Thelma says:

    Wow, I thought I would never find out anything about this song. I am from a middle class African American family and my mother sang this to me as I sang it to my two daughters and I remember it like this:

    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your drowsy eyes
    Your mommies here beside you
    Singing a lullaby
    The little stars are peeping to see if (your name)’s sleeping
    Go to sleep my baby
    Close your drowsy eyes

    Here comes the Sandman
    Stepping so softly
    Walking along on the tips of his toes
    And he scatters the sand
    With his own little hands
    in the eyes of the sleepy children
    Go to sleep my baby, close your drowsy eyes
    And it repeats!

    This is the only childhood lullaby that I remember. I can not forget it.

  126. Marchelle miles says:

    This song is also in my family for generations! My Mom sang it to me and I sing it to my son and grandma sang it to my Mom.

    My version is different then others.

    Here comes the sandman
    Stepping so softly
    Stealing along on the tips of his toes
    He sprinkles the sand with his own little hand
    In the eyes of the sleepy children

    Go to sleep my baby
    Go to sleep. Goodnight.
    The lady moon is shining
    In the sky, so bright
    The little stars are peeking to see if you are sleeping

    Go to sleep my baby
    Go to sleep. goodnight.

    This puts my 5 month old straight to sleep every night!!! :)

    • Marchelle miles says:

      And instead of saying ‘baby’ it’s the child’s name. Such a great song! So glad I’ve found this site! No one ever knows it this song.

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