Take a Ride to Morning Town

22 Jun

Blog Post #73

I’m sleepy, my bed is calling me — fresh, clean sheets, comfy pillow and a big duvet. My dreams await…

Thinking about going to sleep reminded me of the intricate bedtime rituals we practiced when my daughters were young. I think they were around 4 and 1 at this particular time — my oldest was  in kindergarten. She had brought home a library book, Morning Town Ride. (Thankfully, bringing home library books meant, we had finally seen the last of The Little Engine That Could!)

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As we settled on the sofa with their jammies on and teddies clutched to their chests, I opened up the book and began to read.  As soon as I had said the first sentence out loud, I experienced a vivid memory. I had heard this story before, only it wasn’t from a book — it was a song! The words and the melody rushed back to me so clearly that instead of reading the story to my girls, I was compelled to sing it!

Morning Town Ride became part of our night time ritual from that moment on. Every night, after storytime, I would tuck them into their beds and we would sing the lullaby, subbing in our family’s names for the people in the song. I don’t recall, now, how long this new custom continued — but I will always remember the way the memory returned to me.

Morning Town Ride (lyrics)

Train whistle blowin’, makes a sleepy noise
Underneath their blankets go all the girls and boys
Rockin’, Rollin’, Ridin’, out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown, many miles a-way

Driver at the engine, Fireman rings the bell
Sandman swings the lantern to say that all is well
Rockin’, Rollin’, Ridin’, out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown, many miles a-way

Maybe it is raining where our train will ride
All the little trave’lers are warm and snug in-side
Rockin’, Rollin’, Ridin’, out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown, many miles a-way

Somewhere there is sunshine, somewhere there is day
Somewhere there is Morningtown, many miles a-way
Rockin’, Rollin’, Ridin’, out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown, many miles a-way

All bound for Morningtown, many miles a-way

~ Malvina Reynolds (American folk singer and author)

Listen to the song here, as recorded by The Seekers in 1964

Good night, pleasant dreams! I’m bound for Morning Town, many miles away!

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Brynne’s Daily Drawing #73

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