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Geoffrey Wright’s Transatlantic Lullaby is a song of immediate appeal, and was written in 1936 for a Gate Theatre musical on that most English of subjects, an English prep school; the matron is an American floozie who sings her charges to sleep with her Transatlantic Lullaby. Both the soft-shoe shuffle of the refrain and the haunting parallel triads that accompany the singer’s opening lines unerringly conjure up the sleeping city.
New York skyscrapers are sleeping; Dawn comes creeping on— Street lamps are shining more clearly; Night has nearly gone. Poppa and Momma both are yawning now; All their goodnights will soon be said. It won’t be long until the morning now, And time to go to bed.
Soft Manhattan evenings fall; A velvet dusk envelops all; On Hudson River distant tugboats cry. Ship to ship, and shore to shore, The waters make a shining floor, And hum a transatlantic lullaby.
Wall Street is empty and dozing, Broadway’s closing down. The coppers go slowly plodding Through the nodding town. Bronx and Manhattan tuck the covers in; Brooklyn and Queens put out the light. Each little doorway lets its lovers in— In from the dying night.
Soft Manhattan evenings fall …
The sky is silky dark; It’s cool in Central Park; The trolley cars go clanging past. The busy day is done; The lights fade one by one, And broadway goes to bed at last. Tomorrow seems a distant dream, And still the rocking waters gleam And hum a sleepy transatlantic lullaby.
Reproduced by permission of Chappell Music Ltd and International Music Publications