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Rainbow Song (A Lullaby For Toddlers)
Published on October 10, 2012 by guest author: Steve LeBlanc

Last week my 19-month-old son Nat was up with a cold in the middle of the night. He was very distressed and we were having a hard time calming him down. I remembered how he recently had developed a bit of an obsession with rainbows, and so I made up a song to make him feel better and to help him go to sleep. It worked, and since then he has been demanding the song multiple times each night. Given that this song is so demand amongst my audience, I thought a few other toddlers might enjoy having it sung to them as well. Just make up your own melody (that’s what my wife did with the song). After a bit of tinkering after that first night, the lyrics ended up being:

 

If you close your eyes

When you go to sleep

You can see a rainbow in your dreams

You can see a rainbow in your dreams

 

Walking on a cloud

Colors at your feet

You can have a rainbow in your mind

You can have a rainbow in your mind

 

If you’re feeling fine

Lie down for a while

We will share your daydream through the night

If you’re not alright

Try to close your eyes

Sleep brings rainbows when you close your eyes

 

Walking on your feet

Nothing underneath

You can be a rainbow in the sky

You can be a rainbow in the sky

 

Steve LeBlanc lives in Lebanon, N.H., with his wife, son and two cats. His many interests include philosophy, theater, music and writing.

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