"Sweet Baby James" as written by and James Taylor....
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 sleeps in the canyons,
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 doggies retire.
He sings out a song which is soft but it's clear,
As if maybe someone could hear.
He says

Goodnight you moonlight ladies,
Rockabye sweet baby James.
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose,
Won't you let me go down in my dreams,
And rockabye sweet baby James.

The first of December was covered with snow
So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
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 sleep,
But singing works just fine for me.

Goodnight you moonlight ladies,
Rockabye sweet baby James.
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose,
Won't you let me go down in my dreams,
And rockabye sweet baby James.


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"Sweet Baby James" as written by James Taylor

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    General Commenti absolutely love this song. my name is bradley james and my mom used to sing it to me before i went to sleep and she would say rockabye sweet bradley james. this is one of my all time favorites
    broksteadyon April 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIn 1981 I was driving through the Berkshires with an artist and he let me play James Taylor the whole way. I married the guy and we are still together.
    carolinaloveron April 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJames Taylor wrote this song about/for his nephew, who was named James, after him.
    stickboy20on August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJIMMY T!!! all i have to say is:
    And so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
    Lord, the Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting

    he knows how to represent!
    Ilovetumsmoreon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song, it's warm and sweet. It's one of those songs that can put you asleep, which is why it's so nice.
    zacsteron April 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcan you explain the comment about the turnpke etc for us english? Thanx.
    uncleegberton June 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentuncleegbert, turnpike refers to the roadway. Stockbridge and Boston are on opposite sides of Massachusetts, so that's lots of snow covered turnpike.
    piecesofcurbon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe best lullabye EVER.
    kaleidoscopeeyes8on July 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy mom used to sing this to me, too! My name's Megan, but I still love this song, it's very near and dear to my heart. She'd sing this for me and "Long ago and Far away" which still makes me cry all the time.
    AlairaKasimeron October 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTaylor was born in Massachusetts, he went to school in MA even though his father was the dean of UNC. Not necessarily a meaning, but it's a little trivia that gives yall a bit more perspective.
    Vicious75on December 31, 2005   Link

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