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Lullaby of Birdland

By George Shearing and lyrics by George David Weiss under the pseudonym "B. Y. Forster"

PUBLISHED: Jul 16, 2018 • UPDATED: Dec 7, 2018 • LESSON CODE: UL559 • VISITS: 11

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Lullaby of Birdland is a 1952 popular song with music by George Shearing and lyrics by George David Weiss under the pseudonym "B. Y. Forster" in order to circumvent the rule that ASCAP and BMI composers could not collaborate. The song has become a jazz standard.

The title refers to Charlie "Bird" Parker and the Birdland jazz club named after him.

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"Lullaby of Birdland" is in thirty-two bar form, and its original key was F minor (or A♭ major). The song spends an equal amount of time in both minor and major modes. It follows a I – vi – ii7 – V7 harmonic progression, and it has a I – viø7 – iiø7 – V7 minor variation.

Shearing stated in his autobiography that he had composed "the whole thing [...] within ten minutes."

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Lullabye of Birdland - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Sep 5, 2019

A solo, melody and chord arrangement for a Low G, C Tuned ukulele.


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