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Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing - 1987

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George Shearing"Lullaby of Birdland" is a 1952 popular song with music by George Shearing and lyrics by George David Weiss under the pseudonym "B. Y. Forster" in order to circumvent the rule that ASCAP and BMI composers could not collaborate. The song has become a jazz standard.

The title refers to Charlie "Bird" Parker and the Birdland jazz club named after him.

Sir George Shearing, OBE (13 August 1919 – 14 February 2011) was a British jazz pianist who for many years led a popular jazz group that recorded for Discovery Records, MGM Records and Capitol Records. The composer of over 300 titles, including the jazz standard "Lullaby of Birdland", he had multiple albums on the Billboard charts during the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. He died of heart failure in New York City, at the age of 91.


    Oh, lullaby of birdland, that's what I
    Always hear when you sigh,
    Never in my wordland could there be ways to reveal
    In a phrase how I feel

    Have you ever heard two turtle doves
    Bill and coo, when they love?
    That's the kind of magic music we make with our lips
    When we kiss

    And there's a weepy old willow
    He really knows how to cry,
    That's how I'd cry in my pillow
    If you should tell me farewell and goodbye

    Lullaby of birdland whisper low
    Kiss me sweet, and we'll go
    Flying high in birdland, high in the sky up above
    All because we're in love


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