Goodnight my angel, time to close your eyes
And save these questions for another day
I think I know what you've been asking me
I think you know what I've been trying to say
I promised I would never leave you
Then you should always know
Wherever you may go, no matter where you are
I never will be far away

Goodnight my angel, now it's time to sleep
And still so many things I want to say
Remember all the songs you sang for me
When we went sailing on an emerald bay
And like a boat out on the ocean
I'm rocking you to sleep
The water's dark and deep, inside this ancient heart
You'll always be a part of me

Goodnight my angel, now it's time to dream
And dream how wonderful your life will be
Someday your child may cry, and if you sing this lullaby
Then in your heart there will always be a part of me
Someday we'll all be gone
But lullabies go on and on
They never die
That's how you and I will be

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Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) Lyrics as written by Billy Joel

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    General Commenthe wrote it to his daughter when he and christie brinkley were having marriage problems, and soon divorced. he wanted his daughter to know that although they would be divorced he would still always be there for her.
    kmb13on August 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI had picked out this song, alone, as my song to my incredible girlfriend at the peak of our 3-year relationship. It described our relationship perfectly and we both treasured this song, having many sentimental ties. Since then we have dissolved as a "couple," though we are still close and love each other very much. The greatest part about this song is it still applys and describes us so well and always will.
    pmav8on April 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthat is soo sweet, i wish that something sweet like that would happen to me, but no, that would never happen, it'd be too good for me and then i might be happy and that would just be wrong!
    commonmaryon April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is a man singing to his daughter and always reminds me of my father
    freddysgirlon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI recorded a verision of me singing this song and placed it in my mothers casket at her funeral. It's about the cycle of life and death, and how things come full circle. Even the instrumental break sounds like a funeral march. Has Billy Joel's mother died? Has he ever commented on the meaning of this song? Anyway, that's what it means to me.
    ronebravoon June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't remember where I heard this, but I know this song was written by Billy Joel for his daughter.
    musicchick44on June 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI can't hear this song without getting teary eyed. It was really great to hear it performed live. It was written for his daughter and he usually doesn't perform it because it's so personal to him.
    nikki2141on July 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentaww i think its soo sweet that billy joel wrote this for his daughter. my dad would never do something like that for me:(
    Daddyslittle defecton July 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsuch a beautiful song... my music teacher played this for the class today in school and I started tearing up. It just really reminded me of my dad and how our relationship will never be the same since my parents divorced when I was 7. Yes, he did write this for his daughter after she asked him if she'll ever get to see him again.... can you believe that? A girl just 4 years of age asking something like that. That would have put my heart in so many knots. He also wrote "The River Of Dreams" for her after she asked him what happens when we die. I don't care how tuff you are, whether you're a football player, wrestler, or whatever, you have to admit that this song touches you in someway. Hell, I listen to KoRn (hence my name), NIN, Disturbed etc... and I still love this song. I was thinking a bit while I was listening to it, and I decided I want this to be my wedding song for me and my father to dance to when I get married.
    AloneIBreakon September 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love that section of the first verse

    I think I know what you've been asking me
    I think you know what I've been trying to say
    I promised I would never leave you
    And you should always know
    Wherever you may go
    No matter where you are
    I never will be far away

    My highschool show choir sang this song for about five straight years, and I got so sick of it that I didn't understand any of the lyrics. I read them though a while back in a fit of nostalgia, and they really are quite beautiful. To complete the genereal sappiness of this posting I would have to bring in a failed relationship, but I think I will spare you. Billy Joel is a very gifted writer. Even things taken out of context are meaningful in his songs
    Avensongon April 20, 2003   Link

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