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A Baby Went to Heaven While it Slept...

An Updated Adaptation of a Poetry Classic Found in the Public Domain

A Baby Went to Heaven While it Slept...

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Words in the Public Domain

Paul McCartney, while working on Sgt. Pepper, had writer's block when it came to penning a lyric for a lovely melody which would eventually become "Golden Slumbers."

So, rooting around his library, he came upon a slim volume of poems so aged, they'd long passed into the Public Domain.

Most of what he read was too old fashioned to be of much use. But, one bit of verse caught his eye and, suddenly, the little ditty had turned into a classic.

Here it, is, word for word:

Once there was a way

To get back homeward

Once there was a way

To get back home

Sleep, little darling, do not cry

And I will sing a lullaby

Golden slumbers fill your eyes

Smiles await you when you rise

Sleep, little darling, do not cry

And I will sing a lullaby...

Staring at a frighteningly blank screen, I thought I might take the same approach and, humbly, I learned an entirely new lesson from the Old Master:

A baby went to Heaven while it slept,

But, waking, missed its mother's arms, and wept

Those Angel tears, falling earthward though,

Turned darkened skies, into morning's glow...

I wholeheartedly recommend to all who stare at a blank page, yearning for inspiration, that you try the same...

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