Lullabies are often sung by the child's big sister or by an old woman who stays behind at the house whilst the mother is working in the garden. If two girls or women stay home they can sing the lullaby in two parts. In this lullaby the singer asks the baby to stop crying and sleep quietly as the mother has gone to work in the garden. The same short phrases are sung in two parts to another melody in the second lullaby. Recorded in Malaita, Solomon Islands in 1969.
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