Join us each month in song!

Since 2016—our designated Year of Song—CDSS has featured a traditional song each month. Lorraine Hammond spearheaded this effort, and it was such a popular feature that Judy Cook volunteered to continue the tradition in 2017 and beyond. 

Note: Many of these old songs should be looked at as “fairy tales for adults” in that they often address very strong, and sometimes scary, subject matter. They allow us to deal with difficult situations and emotions with the distance afforded by putting it in a song. They are cautionary tales, and had their use as such.

This month’s song:

  • A child sleeping among gold stars January 2023: Bed Is Too Small
    Submitted by Judy Cook

    “Bed is Too Small” is an anonymous American song that I learned at Girl Scout Camp May Flather, in Virginia in the early 1960s. I like that, as a lullaby, it speaks not only to the one going to sleep, but also to the singer who would like to be going to sleep.

    Sheet music for "Bed Is Too Small"
    Download the sheet music for “Bed Is Too Small.”


    Bed is too small for my tiredness;
    Give me a hill topped with trees.
    Tuck a cloud up under my chin.
    Lord, blow the moon out, please.

    Rock me to sleep in a cradle of dreams,
    Sing me a lullaby of leaves.
    Tuck a cloud up under my chin.
    Lord, blow the moon out, please.

    Judy Cook is an author, entertainer, and folk-singer. She has been living in Oberlin, Ohio, with her husband Dennis since 2013. Since 1998 she has been touring throughout both Britain and the US. She is known for her repertoire and storytelling ability in song. Judy has one book and several CDs. You can reach her through her website.

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