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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep


Lyric by Sidney D. Mitchell

Music by George W. Meyer

New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co. (1920)

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[Verse 1]
When my daily work is thru
And I'm all alone
There are times I'm sad and blue
Then I ponder my tho'ts wander
Back to days that I once knew
And I must confess
Mammy taught me just what brought me
Moments of real happiness

I can hear my Mammy praying
"Now I lay me down to sleep"
While I'm beside her saying
"I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take"
If mammy tho't that I'd forget these words
I know her heart would break
I've forgotten many lessons that I learn'd in childhood days
But Mammy's tender blessin's
They seem to cling to me always
And tho' I've lost my Daddy lost my Mammy
Still I'll always keep the memory of
"Now I lay me down to sleep"

[Verse 2]
I hum over many times
Mammy's Lullaby
I remember nursery rhymes
That she told me when she'd hold me
But the sweetest memory
Is the little pray'r
Mammy gave me when a baby
It follows me ev'rywhere




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