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Shivaree — Goodnight Moon
Album: I Ought To Give You...
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:01
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There's a nail in the door
And there's glass on the lawn
Tacks on the floor
And the TV is on
And I always sleep with my guns
When you're gone

There's a blade by the bed
And a phone in my hand
A dog on the floor
And some cash on the nightstand
When I'm all alone the dreaming stops
And I just can't stand

What should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
And then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home

Now goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon

There's a shark in the pool
And a witch in the tree
A crazy old neighbour and he's been watching me
And there's footsteps loud and strong coming down the hall
Something's under the bed
Now it's out in the hedge
There's a big black crow sitting on my window ledge
And I hear something scratching through the wall

Oh what should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
I just hate to be all alone
Outside the door he followed me home
Now goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon

While you're up so high
How can you save me
When the dark comes here
Tonight to take me up
To my front walk
And into bed where it kisses my face
And eats my head

What should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
And then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home
Now goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon
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It is an old song which brings me childhood memories. I love this song.
First thought, I was thinking Gwen Stefani until I looked at the screen...
I listen to this as a child might who is frightened of the dark and all the spooky, imaginary creatures that live under the bed and lurk in the closet, and just waiting until the sun comes up when they disappear until the next night. As a small child in the early '50s, I would check under my bed for my own imaginary creatures before pulling the covers over my head for protection against those things that go bump in the night. I was terrified of thunderstorms. As I grew up, those fears disappeared but now as an old man, a 1911 with a full magazine is by the bed to deal with anything else that may actually go bump in the night, because when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. My closest neighbor is 700 feet away through a dense forest and now I enjoy a good thunderstorm, but the bogeyman still exists in our society, so be careful.
 Rockit9 wrote:

Nectar Basil?
 

Vector Nasal.
Wahl... its on my Tidal playlist 'an its staying there.
Once every three months is nothing. Try reading the book every night for a year. bstevens1951 wrote:
It's a cute song, and I can stand to hear it once every three months. Gives me a chance to say her name: Ambrosia Parsley. Thanks Bill.
lizardking wrote:
 rpdevotee wrote:
Overplayed.  Hard to believe for "alternative" internet radio but I have been hearing this song played regularly on RP for at least a decade now.
 


{#Boohoo}

 

 

 Rockit9 wrote:

Nectar Basil?
 
Better than Waldorf Spinach.
 ElCamoteLoco wrote:
Ambrosia Parsley is just about the best name ever.

 
Nectar Basil?
It's a cute song, and I can stand to hear it once every three months. Gives me a chance to say her name: Ambrosia Parsley. Thanks Bill.
lizardking wrote:
 rpdevotee wrote:
Overplayed.  Hard to believe for "alternative" internet radio but I have been hearing this song played regularly on RP for at least a decade now.

 
{#Boohoo}

 

 rpdevotee wrote:
Overplayed.  Hard to believe for "alternative" internet radio but I have been hearing this song played regularly on RP for at least a decade now.

 
{#Boohoo}

Reminds me of the roommate who started her own band. She liked this song and sang it often. Her version didn't have that "baby" sounding singer that seems to always bring out the (vocal) haters. The are literally the vocal minority on this song, no bunch of 1-3 ratings...

This version is good too.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
kinda tired of the baby talk singing style

 
Well, she claims she's "just a little baby", so if the shoe fits....  (Irritating factor higher due to vocal style + lyrics though.)
Overplayed.  Hard to believe for "alternative" internet radio but I have been hearing this song played regularly on RP for at least a decade now.
please find some new stuff too play
kinda tired of the baby talk singing style
Wish I could have played this song rather than reading the book a thousand times to my kids. Oh wait a sec, all those readings were awesome.
 doc_dave wrote:
Love this song. I do think it's got its own native charms, but it helps too to have a narrative association.

Years ago, my daughter had a paper round, delivering the big Sunday papers in our Scottish town. Early Sunday mornings I would take her up to the shop where she picked up her papers for that morning's deliveries — 05:00 a.m., or so.

One winter morning (Scotland — dark!) we were sitting in the car waiting for the shop to prepare the order. On to our local radio came Shivaree "Goodnight Moon", under a moonlit sky. We loved it — still do!

 
Your little narration immersed me in this specific early morning ,on a winter sunday in Scotland, for a moment erasing the walls of a finishing summer in Beijing. I saw your two shadows in the car, the slight condensation on the windows, the clear echoes of an empty street, and this song, this shared moment. Beautiful suspended moment. Thank you
Love this song. I do think it's got its own native charms, but it helps too to have a narrative association.

Years ago, my daughter had a paper round, delivering the big Sunday papers in our Scottish town. Early Sunday mornings I would take her up to the shop where she picked up her papers for that morning's deliveries — 05:00 a.m., or so.

One winter morning (Scotland — dark!) we were sitting in the car waiting for the shop to prepare the order. On to our local radio came Shivaree "Goodnight Moon", under a moonlit sky. We loved it — still do!
Just unmuted and thought for a second this was Dolly Parton.
 NeuroGeek wrote:
really sick of this

 

first listen--ok. she sounds to me like a more mellow Gwen Stefani.
 I like Adolfa Shitler better.

ElCamoteLoco wrote:
Ambrosia Parsley is just about the best name ever.

 


 joempie wrote:
Her voice sounds quite a bit like Marcella Detroit / Shakespear's Sister. Pretty good song, nice sound... 8.

 
It's actually like Marcella Detroit singing Leonard Cohen's The Future...
really sick of this
Ambrosia Parsley is just about the best name ever.
 Nadine wrote:
Absolutely horrible. Especially the way she sings. What a baby. A baby female. PSD.
 
Don't harsh my chub!
 helloitsme wrote:
Divinyls anyone?

 
Yep.
 helloitsme wrote:
Divinyls anyone?

 
Nope.
 oldsaxon wrote:

You should listen to RP more....far less repetition than whatever you've been tuned into. It's only been played 4 times in the last 30 days. Maybe it just catches your ear...

 
I hear it every few days. Like it initially but tired of it.
A bit too cindy-lauperish for me, and the bassline gets me a bit on my nerves. 5. Sorry, 4.
 1wolfy wrote:
Ebony Eyes...Bob Welch Riff

 
No, it's a different riff, but it's a little, 8-note "turn-around" in a minor key, and there are only seven notes in a scale, which may explain the auditory similarity.
Absolutely horrible. Especially the way she sings. What a baby. A baby female. PSD.
more Shivaree please!! {#Music}
Great week for moonlight.  Cool, silvery, bright... Air is warm and perfect for dancing, walking on beach, prowling the woods..

Very basic human animal moon... Cold and wet arrives tomorrow... Seasons are ok in moderation. Some places have too much of each flavor

Life is great on the North Florida beaches... 

RP choices this morning fit my weather and enhance the mood... Why do I buy CDs, vinyl, and singles-?  Maybe I should surrender to the inevitable and stream RP throughout the house all the time... Just "ride the music" and let it flow... Thanks, never had that thought with Pandora, spotify, or any over the air-via-internet and competing streams... Yep, I'm a fan and like the sensibility shown.  

Yet another good one for tonight's Blood Moon—that's going "good night" soon!
Divinyls anyone?
One of those early (2001-ish) RP songs that made me realize this station was something special…
 EditorTom wrote:
She sounds exactly like E.G. Daily.
 
She does somewhat, but I don't know if I'd say "exactly".  E.G. Daily is an odd person to bring up; it's not as if she's sold a whole lot of records - isn't she primarily a voice actor?  I remember her from a PBS TV program called "The Righteous Apples" in the early 1980s.
Anyhow, good tune.
My Halloween song....
Love the use of theramin.
 kcar wrote:

Just what the hell are you growing out in Broome? {#Cowboy}

 
Hey, sorry for taking so long: the smoker you get the player you are. The climate here is arid tropical, perfect for horticulture fanciers.
She sounds exactly like E.G. Daily.


Sexy Song.... 
Very soothing...
Her voice does the most wonderful things to my hormones.
I think this is the very first song I heard on RP.

Thanks for playing!!
 oldsaxon wrote:

You should listen to RP more....far less repetition than whatever you've been tuned into. It's only been played 4 times in the last 30 days. Maybe it just catches your ear...

 

I love the smell of condescension in the morning..... it smells..... like.... victory.
 old_shep wrote:
Gee, haven't heard this for at least an hour.

 
You should listen to RP more....far less repetition than whatever you've been tuned into. It's only been played 4 times in the last 30 days. Maybe it just catches your ear...
Gee, haven't heard this for at least an hour.
Ebony Eyes...Bob Welch Riff
Another one of those early-days RP songs that let me know I'd found my radio home . . . 
Thanks RP for playing this again!!  Reminds me of the best day of the year... Halloween!! 
7->8
Lyrics are either cute and funny, or really, really scary.
 maxmox wrote:

Err, would that be a visual sandwich (or a woman in the coven having a yodel? = songwitch) caused by watching Tarantino movies?

 
Just what the hell are you growing out in Broome? {#Cowboy}
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
Cool song wich is also caused by Quinten Tarentino.

 
Err, would that be a visual sandwich (or a woman in the coven having a yodel? = songwitch) caused by watching Tarantino movies?
 drreuss wrote:
great song
but
Leonard Cohen much ?

 
Sure. It's good the influences are transparent. Paying your respects to someone who led the way in the genre is fine by me.
{#Bananajumprope}
{#Daisy}
{#Bananapiano}
great song
but
Leonard Cohen much ?
No correlation, but a sweet memory of reading the children's book by the same name a couple thousand times to my little boy (when he was little!)...
Cool song wich is also caused by Quinten Tarentino.
 nevar23 wrote:
Sounds like Britney Spears, <..>
 
yes...
I really like this half chilling and bouncy nature of this tune. Cool balance if you ask me. If you don't?...it's still cool dammit.
A hint of Dolly Parton's voice in there...
Apparently it's quite an old practise, and not always associated with weddings. There was a story in my family about an ancestor being killed in a shivaree. One of our relatives doing research actually tracked down the actual event and found the newspaper articles about it in the Montreal Gazette (and it differed greatly from the version that had been told to me).

Apparently a crowd had gathered a couple of nights running (they even put up posters to spread the word) to try to extort money from a wealthy member of the community. In one of these a shot was fired and my ancestor, a servant in the man's household, was killed. He left a wife and children, and his death led to the banning of shivarees in Montreal. 
   
Businessgypsy wrote:
I don't know if the custom is still being practiced in the US, but it was in my parent's day in remote parts of the Arkansas Ozark mountains. Could get way out of hand, to the point of fights and bloodshed. Sigh. Yes, I'm a hillbilly by birth. Raised with Cajuns, but hillbilly stock.

Glad we just have bachelor parties before the ceremony now.


 


 Cynaera wrote:
This is a rather dark and chilling song... I can't even fathom this kind of paranoia, much less live with it every day of my life. And there are people out there who do live with it every day.  My heart goes out to them...

"Goodnight Moon"

There's a nail in the door
And there's glass on the lawn
Tacks on the floor
And the TV is on
And I always sleep with my guns
When you're gone

There's a blade by the bed
And a phone in my hand
A dog on the floor
And some cash on the nightstand
When I'm all alone the dreaming stops
And I just can't stand

What should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
And then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home

Well goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon

There's a shark in the pool
And a witch in the tree
A crazy old neighbour and he's been watching me
And there's footsteps loud and strong coming down the hall
Something's under the bed
Now it's out in the hedge
There's a big black crow sitting on my window ledge
And I hear something scratching through the wall

Oh what should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
I just hate to be all alone
Outside the door he followed me home
Now goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon

Well you're up so high
How can you save me
When the dark comes here
Tonight to take me up
To my front walk
And into bed where it kisses my face
And eats my head

Oh what should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
And then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home
Now goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon

 
..lyrics are "south of neanderthal" too?..  :P
I might like this song if I hadn't read that book to my kids about a gazillion times.
Her voice sounds quite a bit like Marcella Detroit / Shakespear's Sister. Pretty good song, nice sound... 8.
{#Roflol}
Fun to hear this song, which evidently has had regular RP rotation, so long after its release.  Very nice song.
I love this song!!
This one has gone 7->8->9 for me during the last month. Something in the creepiness of this song just gets me
 nevar23 wrote:
Sounds like Britney Spears, but with more substance, maybe.

 
Combo of Britney & Gwen Stefani. Bluk...
I like it, but it's either on heavy rotation right now, or I just happened to have caught it several times in the last few days. I've heard it enough for now. Thanks Bill!
this riff does the whole song
I swear she's channeling Dolly Parton ...
I really like this song..... Very nice!!
...on a full moon too - easy 8
Well, it's now October of 2011, and this song still gives me chills. It'd be a great background song for a Halloween party, because it's so creepy.  I love it, though - listening to it is like watching a horror movie from behind one's hands, but spreading the fingers just a little to see the skeery parts...
 Sjaaks wrote:


I was about to post the same thing.... HAHA
 
Yep, same here.

in the great green room....
 cayenne wrote:

I was just coming here to post that!

Here, I'll linkify it for ya:

Goodnight moon, as read by...


 
"Linkify"  What a marvelous, worthless verbification.  I can't wait to loopify my friends about this.  Thanks!

 weirsh wrote:

 
{#Cheers}

Personally, I prefer "Goodnight Gorilla". {#Roflol}

Actually, I do like this song.


 Bear1492 wrote:
There's just something about the way she sings this... sends chills up my spine every time.
 
That and the fact that it was in Kill Bill. Both this song and that movie make me happy.
She sounds like Kelli Dayton, briefly with the Sneaker Pimps (remember "6 Underground"). Wikipedia says not the same singer, so it must be true...
There's just something about the way she sings this... sends chills up my spine every time.
Lovely... haven't heard this is way too long! {#Dancingbanana}
Saw them live on this tour in '99, sounded great!
Sounds like Britney Spears, but with more substance, maybe.

Giselle62 wrote:
I was just looking up what Shivaree meant; it said a rowdy salutation, etc. given to a newly married couple by a group of people. I like this song after hearing it several times —-it sounded really good after Joy of Cooking. (Both songs with moon in the title.)
I don't know if the custom is still being practiced in the US, but it was in my parent's day in remote parts of the Arkansas Ozark mountains. Could get way out of hand, to the point of fights and bloodshed. Sigh. Yes, I'm a hillbilly by birth. Raised with Cajuns, but hillbilly stock.

Glad we just have bachelor parties before the ceremony now.


I want to hate this....cuz I really don't like her voice but there's something catching about it!
I wish I had her voice!!!!!
Thanks Bill. I love Shivaree.
 Cynaera wrote:
This is a rather dark and chilling song... I can't even fathom this kind of paranoia, much less live with it every day of my life. And there are people out there who do live with it every day.  My heart goes out to them...
 

 
That's a very sweet and sincere response but I don't think the song is that serious. I've always assumed that the self-consciously "spooky" arrangement was a tip that the tone was more gothic cartoonish - like Tim Burton & Henry Sellick's "Nightmare Before Christmas".

This is a rather dark and chilling song... I can't even fathom this kind of paranoia, much less live with it every day of my life. And there are people out there who do live with it every day.  My heart goes out to them...

"Goodnight Moon"

There's a nail in the door
And there's glass on the lawn
Tacks on the floor
And the TV is on
And I always sleep with my guns
When you're gone

There's a blade by the bed
And a phone in my hand
A dog on the floor
And some cash on the nightstand
When I'm all alone the dreaming stops
And I just can't stand

What should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
And then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home

Well goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon

There's a shark in the pool
And a witch in the tree
A crazy old neighbour and he's been watching me
And there's footsteps loud and strong coming down the hall
Something's under the bed
Now it's out in the hedge
There's a big black crow sitting on my window ledge
And I hear something scratching through the wall

Oh what should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
I just hate to be all alone
Outside the door he followed me home
Now goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon

Well you're up so high
How can you save me
When the dark comes here
Tonight to take me up
To my front walk
And into bed where it kisses my face
And eats my head

Oh what should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out and maybe
And then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home
Now goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon
No it won't be too soon 'til I say
Goodnight moon


 apd wrote:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob37KzlUEPA

 
I was just coming here to post that!

Here, I'll linkify it for ya:

Goodnight moon, as read by...




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob37KzlUEPA

Oh...just a bit sexy.  {#Angel}
Bill, you're outdoing yourself today. This playlist just simply rocks!
{#Bananapiano}
Sounds like Betty !{#Yes}
kzhbsr2qrv6 #5

We have the book in both English & Spanish for our son - love it too. 

 
rkr wrote:
Always the last book of the night.... has been for all three of my kiddos

 
copymonkey wrote:
nice. My daughters favorite.
 
daveesh wrote:
In the great green room
there was a telephone
and a red balloon
and a picture of—

a cow jumping over the moon

and there were three little bears, sitting on chairs

and two little kittens and a pair of mittens

and a little toy house and a young mouse

and a comb and a brush and bowl full of mush

and a quiet old lady who was whispering "hush"

goodnight room

goodnight moon

goodnight cow jumping over the moon

goodnight light and the red balloon

goodnight bears goodnight chairs

goodnight kittens goodnight mittens

goodnight clocks and goodnight socks

goodnight little house and goodnight mouse

goodnight comb and goodnight brush

goodnight nobody goodnight mush

and goodnight to the old lady whispering "hush"

goodnight stars, goodnight air

goodnight noises everywhere.
 
 

 


Included on my recent Lovely Moonchild mixtape CD issued to certain RP podniks.
I was just looking up what Shivaree meant; it said a rowdy salutation, etc. given to a newly married couple by a group of people. I like this song after hearing it several times —-it sounded really good after Joy of Cooking. (Both songs with moon in the title.)
I can't help but think of lovely Uma when I hear this . . . .
 Sjaaks wrote:


"I was about to post the same thing.... HAHA"

Well - I understand what you mean. Too bad for this lady to be compared with Britney something. Even though the voices have something in common, Shivaree has so much more to offer musically.
 


Goodnight Keith Moon

https://goodnightkeithmoon.com/
 Mandible wrote:

She sounds a bit like the lass who sang "Oops, I did it again"...Britney Spears....
 

I was about to post the same thing.... HAHA
 gumbo73039 wrote:
She sounds a bit like the lass from Shakespeares Sister?
 
She sounds a bit like the lass who sang "Oops, I did it again"...Britney Spears....
Always the last book of the night.... has been for all three of my kiddos

 
copymonkey wrote:
nice. My daughters favorite.
 
daveesh wrote:
In the great green room
there was a telephone
and a red balloon
and a picture of—

a cow jumping over the moon

and there were three little bears, sitting on chairs

and two little kittens and a pair of mittens

and a little toy house and a young mouse

and a comb and a brush and bowl full of mush

and a quiet old lady who was whispering "hush"

goodnight room

goodnight moon

goodnight cow jumping over the moon

goodnight light and the red balloon

goodnight bears goodnight chairs

goodnight kittens goodnight mittens

goodnight clocks and goodnight socks

goodnight little house and goodnight mouse

goodnight comb and goodnight brush

goodnight nobody goodnight mush

and goodnight to the old lady whispering "hush"

goodnight stars, goodnight air

goodnight noises everywhere.
 
 

She sounds a bit like the lass from Shakespeares Sister?
cute mediocrity.
nice. My daughters favorite.
 
daveesh wrote:
In the great green room
there was a telephone
and a red balloon
and a picture of—

a cow jumping over the moon

and there were three little bears, sitting on chairs

and two little kittens and a pair of mittens

and a little toy house and a young mouse

and a comb and a brush and bowl full of mush

and a quiet old lady who was whispering "hush"

goodnight room

goodnight moon

goodnight cow jumping over the moon

goodnight light and the red balloon

goodnight bears goodnight chairs

goodnight kittens goodnight mittens

goodnight clocks and goodnight socks

goodnight little house and goodnight mouse

goodnight comb and goodnight brush

goodnight nobody goodnight mush

and goodnight to the old lady whispering "hush"

goodnight stars, goodnight air

goodnight noises everywhere.
 


In the great green room
there was a telephone
and a red balloon
and a picture of—

a cow jumping over the moon

and there were three little bears, sitting on chairs

and two little kittens and a pair of mittens

and a little toy house and a young mouse

and a comb and a brush and bowl full of mush

and a quiet old lady who was whispering "hush"

goodnight room

goodnight moon

goodnight cow jumping over the moon

goodnight light and the red balloon

goodnight bears goodnight chairs

goodnight kittens goodnight mittens

goodnight clocks and goodnight socks

goodnight little house and goodnight mouse

goodnight comb and goodnight brush

goodnight nobody goodnight mush

and goodnight to the old lady whispering "hush"

goodnight stars, goodnight air

goodnight noises everywhere.
 polymath wrote:
Who the hell is Britney Spears? Never heard her.

It's a manufacturing company that prepares weapons for time-period movies.  I think they're located in Britanny (check my spelling); you know, that part of France where Gauguin painted?
Who the hell is Britney Spears? Never heard her.
 natashaj wrote:
Bad...bad...bad. I actually registered an account on this site so I could post a comment - sounds like Britney Spears. Poor choice. Only my opinion.
 
Yep. I agree she sounds like Britney trying to be cool. Blah!