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Royal Wedding composer writes lullaby for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby

hayley westenra

Paul Mealor, who also wrote the number one Military Wives choir song Wherever You Are, said it “seemed natural” to mark the “next stage of the royal couple’s journey together”.

His song, entitled Lullaby, will be performed by Hayley Westenra and sent to the Duke and Duchess before the baby is due in July.

The lyrics will gently warn the newborn that “the road of life is long”, while wishing for wisdom and a future clear from trouble.

One verse reads: “May you be wise / In answer to the call. / May you still rise, / If ever you should fall.”

Westenra has included the song on a new album of lullabies entitled Hushabye, intended to soothe babies and adults to sleep.

Mealor, 37, said: "After writing music for the Royal Wedding it seemed natural to provide the musical accompaniment for the next stage of the royal couple's journey together."

The Welsh composer is best-known for his motet, Ubi caritas, which was performed by the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at the 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Westenra, who has previously performed for the Prince of Wales, said: "Paul and I got together to work on a song called Sleep On in honour of William and Kate's new arrival as it's such a joyous occasion which we can all celebrate."

The singer, who has sold more than four million albums in her career, has dedicated the record to the “Royal Baby and new parents everywhere”.

Westenra, from New Zealand, will be accompanied by an acoustic guitar, piano, flute and string instruments for a mixture of new and traditional lullabies and songs. They will include Hushabye Mountain and Twinkle Twinkle, alongside Dream A Little Dream Of Me and All Through The Night.

The album is out in June.

 The lyrics in full:

The world out there,

The heavens all to sleep.

And I am here,

A watch with you to keep.

 

Sleep on, sleep on,

Sleep deeper, sleep strong.

Sleep on, sleep on,

The road of life is long.

 

I whisper a prayer,

May your path be clear.

Sleep on.

 

May you be wise,

In answer to the call.

May you still rise,

If ever you should fall.

 

Sleep on, sleep on,

Sleep deeper, sleep strong.

Sleep on, sleep on,

The road of life is long.

 

I whisper a prayer,

May your path be clear.

Sleep on, sleep on, sleep on.

 

Source: The Telegraph

www.childrensmattressesonline.co.uk

 

 
8th May 2013, 16:32
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