Note: For an update on this story and the sheet music please see here
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.