Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sweet Baby James


A couple weeks ago I mentioned that my dad looks like James Taylor. I thought I would show you a picture of my dad:




And James Taylor:






Do you see the resemblence? I also mentioned my dad used to sing Fire and Rain to me when I was young, but my dad emailed me and said: "I may have sung Fire & Rain to you when you were little, but mainly I sang James Taylor's Sweet Baby James to you while I rocked you to sleep ('So goodnight you moonlight ladies; Rockabye Sweet Baby James...'). It's a pretty little song. Here are all the lyrics...




Well, there is a young cowboy he lives on the range


His horse and his cattle are his only companions


He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyonsJust waiting for Summer, his pastures to change
And as the moon rises he sits by his fire


Thinking about women and glasses of beer


And closing his eyes as the dogies retire


He sings out a song which is soft but it's clearAs if maybe someone could hear
(Chorus) Goodnight you moonlight ladies


Rockabye sweet baby James


Deep greens and blues are the colours I choose


Won't you let me go down in my dreamsAnd rockabye sweet baby James
Now the first of December was covered with snow


And so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston


Though the Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting


With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go
There's a song that they sing when they take to the highway


A song that they sing when they take to the sea


A song that they sing of their home in the sky


Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to see


That singing works just fine for me
- Chorus -So, Goodnight you moonlight ladies


Rockabye sweet baby JamesDeep greens and blues are the colours I choose


Won't you let me go down in my dreamsAnd rockabye sweet baby James




"Sweet Baby James" is James Taylor's nephew who was named after him. He wrote the song on his way to meet his nephew for the first time. (SOURCE)." Isn't my dad the coolest?! I love that he reads my blog and I learned something new! I guess I just remembered Fire and Rain because I adore the line: "I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end." I just love that line so much.

7 comments:

The Pink Growl said...

He does look like him!

Jenny said...

He does look like him!

I LOVE James Taylor!

My uncle looked just like him and House MD mixed together! He is no longer living but I swear he is James Taylor's long lost twin!

Lindsey said...

So sweet! I sing Sweet Baby James to my son. James Taylor is my all time favorite and your dad does look like him!

Jamie said...

LOVE James Taylor!

Tasha said...

That pic is adorable! Your dad is so sweet to sing you James Taylor songs! Too cool!

Adrienne said...

Awh! That is so cool!

LWLH said...

Oh yeah....for sure.