Short Description of how this song was inspired:
Recorded June 2007 at Fusion Studio with Marc Klock mixing Bunny's flute, guitar and vocals. The writers of "Winter's Lullabye" envisioned the Yellowstone area as they joined songwriting talents February 2007 in the Black Hills. Their desire was to write a song drawing attention to the beauty, harmony and balance of the natural processes and diverse life forms still protected and reflected in the greater Teton area and in other favorite natural, wild open spaces they have each visited frequently since childhood. By incorporating melodious parts of an ancient, original language Arapahoe lullabye into the song, they hoped to remind their listeners of the precious, fragile gifts humankind is entrusted with, to preserve for future generations to enjoy..
© 2007 Hillbunny Productions (created 2-24-07, recorded 6-19-07)
Lyrics and Music by Wayne Johnson and Bunny Sings Wolf
*with ancient Arapahoe lulla-bye song included as an undertone – to sing to sleep
The quiet winter snow, floats down so beautiful
On a tepee village, near the mouth of the Yellowstone
Grey wolf sounds his night call, to friends across the sky
Echoing the caroling, of winter’s lulla-bye.
Grizzly bear is sleeping, cozy in her den,
Confident that she’ll give birth, as winters’ song comes to an end.
Buffalo are searching for food in the deep snow
Honoring all ways of life as seasons come and go.
Oh how my heart yearns to see, to feel that gentle bliss
In a time and way all living beings respond to a mother’s kiss.
Mountain meadows breathing deep, from Mother Earth’s gentle sigh
And as she sings
New life she brings
From Winters’ lullabye.
Bah hee baah hee baah hoh baah hoh mauh mauh (go to sleep, oh, go to sleep little baby girl, repeat)
Bah hee baah hee baah hoh mauh mauh
Nacoo gah who say hee baaah hoh mauh mauh
Nacoo gah who baaah hoh maauh maauh
Golden Eagle waiting, silent on a hill
Looking for the sunrise and the cry of the whippoorwill
As seeds of Summers’ harvest, gather strength from the things that die,
Last years’ sacrifices, to Winter’s lullabye.
Oh how my heart yearns to hear, that song of energies that flow
A melody of letting loose of things that do not grow
Music that just nurtures life, in tears that raindrops cry,
Life always springs
From Winter’s lullabye.
Nacoo gahoo naha naah hee baah hoo mauh mauh (go to sleep, oh, go to sleep little baby boy, repeat)
Nacoo gahoo baah hoo mauh mauh
Music that just nurtures life, as rainbow colors fly,
Life always springs - From Winter’s lullabye. Go to sleep, go to sleep my baby.
*Writers of this song have frequently visited and appreciated the beauty of the Yellowstone and Teton areas. These stand as a reminder to them of the many ancient peoples who lived on and cared for this land and it's creatures for many centuries, leaving it intact for future generations.
Most of the lyrics and tune in the beginning verses were written by Wayne Johnson. He is a passionate creative artist with a love for natural places. Desiring to bring his vision for the song full circle, Wayne first shared it with Bunny in February, 2007. Bunny, a songwriter and recording artist, had a five-week music residency in October, 2004, on the Wind River Reservation near Yellowstone. There she learned the Arapahoe language portion of the song from Arapahoe elders and cultural advisors Mary Kate Underwood (Black Eagle Woman), Wayne C’Hair, Ichabald John C’Hair, and Bernadine Friday who patiently taught and shared ancient songs with Bunny to record so that future generations may hear, learn and appreciate them before they are lost.
Bunny's idea to include portions of this ancient Arapahoe song to complete the last few verses that she contributed to “Winter’s Lullabye” seemed a good way to keep her commitment to these proud and generous people, to finally share what she learned.
Arapahoe songs were not typically given titles or sung with musical instrument accompaniment. Traditionally, they're sung from the heart, a cappella. Bunny sings two Native language verses as an example of a lullaby that would typically be lovingly sung to an individual child. Each lullaby was unique to each family.
It is Wayne Johnson’s and Bunny Sings Wolf’s hope that this song will draw attention to the beauty and harmony of the natural processes and diverse life forms still protected and reflected in balance in the Yellowstone, Teton, and other wild open spaces and in the natural world and ways that seems so foreign to this generation. They hope this song will help us all remember, as caretakers of the earth, what precious gifts these are to preserve for future generations to enjoy, and that in the great circle of life-ways understanding that Winter brings death to many things so that the new life forms of Spring may have nourishment to come to birth - thus Winter's song of "go to sleep" sends to "sleep" the old ways so that the new may come.
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