10 Jam Band Ballads to Lullabye Baby to Sleep

My husband and I have always been “jam band” fans, and traveling to music festivals and concerts has always been a traditional summertime activity for us. But since having four kids over the course of 7 years, our concert days are all but a thing of the past at this point.

But just because we can’t see our favorite bands in person doesn’t mean we can’t sing their praises. As long as my husband has been a father, his favorite way to put the kids to bed has been to quietly sing them songs of the groove variety: Grateful Dead, Phish, Allman Brothers Band; you name it, he will sing it.

One of my favorite things to do is to tip-toe up to the half cracked door of my son’s bedroom and listen to my husband singing my son to sleep.

One of his go-to sleepy songs:

“Lay down my dear brother, lay down and take your rest,
Won’t you lay your head upon your saviors chest,
I love you, but Jesus loves you the best
And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight … “
~ Grateful Dead, And We Bid You Goodnight.

He changes the word “brother” to “Paul”, and the word “we” to “I”. Yes, it melts my postpartum heart into a big goopy, blubbering, mess.

10 “Jam Band” ballads sure to send your baby into slumber time:

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  • Melissa, by The Allman Brothers Band 1 of 10
    Melissa, by The Allman Brothers Band
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "But back home he'll always run ... to sweet Melissa."
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • Midnight Rider, by The Allman Brothers Band 2 of 10
    Midnight Rider, by The Allman Brothers Band
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "No, I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no Not gonna let 'em catch the Midnight Rider. "
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • Birdsong, by Grateful Dead 3 of 10
    Birdsong, by Grateful Dead
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "Don't cry now, don't you cry, don't you cry anymore. Sleep in the stars, don't you cry, dry your eyes on the wind."
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • Dreams, by Allman Brothers Band 4 of 10
    Dreams, by Allman Brothers Band
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "Take your sleep, You will dream anything"
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • If I Could, by Phish 5 of 10
    If I Could, by Phish
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "Stay with me till time turns over I want to feel my feet leave the ground "
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • Billy Breathes, by Phish 6 of 10
    Billy Breathes, by Phish
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "Softly, sing sweet songs. Softly, sing sweet songs"
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • Stella Blue, by Grateful Dead 7 of 10
    Stella Blue, by Grateful Dead
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "It all rolls into one and nothing comes for free, There's nothing you can hold, for very long."
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • Fast Enough For You, by Phish 8 of 10
    Fast Enough For You, by Phish
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "And I'd be happy just to watch you age"
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • Raise The Roof, by Widespread Panic 9 of 10
    Raise The Roof, by Widespread Panic
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "Raise the roof, raise the roof, raise it high. Raise the roof, raise the roof, raise it high"
    Click here to listen on Amazon.
  • Brokedown Palace, by Grateful Dead 10 of 10
    Brokedown Palace, by Grateful Dead
    My favorite lyrics from this song: "Fare you well, fare you well, I love you more than words can tell"
    Click here to listen on Amazon.

Even if you’re not a jam band fan, there is not denying that these songs are so very soft and sweet. And anyway, who says Twinkle Twinkle was the only way to sing a baby to sleep?

What is your favorite non-traditional song to sing your baby to sleep?

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