“Bunny Go High and Go Low”

Lyrics

(Mother and Father)
Bunny go high and hush-a-bye
Bunny go low in the soft evening sky
Bunny shall have a piece of pie
Sweet as the dreams in my sleepy one’s eye

Down to the deep of dreams we go
Bunnies can sleep in a slumber slow
Daddy and Mommy love you so
Bunny go high and go low

(unseen voices outside)
Down to the deep of dreams we go
Bunnies can sleep in a slumber slow
(Mother and Father)
Daddy and Mommy love you so
Bunny go high and go low

 

Music by: Philip Balsam, lyrics by: Dennis Lee, musical Director: Don Gillis


“Bunny Go High and Go Low” from The Tale of the Bunny Picnic

The Storyteller tells the assembled bunnies “The Tale of the Giant Hedgehog”—a nice little allegory-within-an-allegory—about a fox who eats hedgehogs and then gets scared by a huge but benevolent hedgehog who gives the moral, “Those who hurt others hurt themselves.” Even as a kid, I thought Lugsy was a hypocrite when he said he loved that line and that this was his favorite story. Couldn’t he see what a bully he was being in his own life?

Meanwhile, Bean rejoins the group and warns Lugsy that the Dog is after him again. Once again, Lugsy doesn’t believe him and their father panics, but this time Bean is proven right when the Dog runs through the picnic, chasing and barking at the bunnies. The bunnies run to safety in the thorny fortress of the bramble bush, and Lugsy has to admit that Bean was right all along.

“It’s late at night,” the narrator says with the turn of a page, showing an outside view of cozy bunny homes, the night speckled with fireflies, “and the Dog has stopped barking and gone away, but all the bunnies know that he’ll be back. The thing they don’t know is…when.” Soft 3/4 music plays and takes us into this sweet lullaby that Mother and Father sing to reassure their children, a song of pure comfort and love. It makes me wish I could fly to California right now to hold my brand new niece and sing her to sleep.

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