Where else but in a “Dutch Lullaby” (the song’s alternate title) would you find three intrepid travelers setting sail in that most sea-worthy of vessels, a wooden shoe?
This enchanting celestial journey was written by poet Eugene Field in 1889. Field was best known for his comedic essays and children’s rhymes, including classics like “Little Boy Blue.” In 1938 Disney adopted “Wynken” for a beautiful, but boring, addition to its short-lived Silly Symphony series. Fortunately, subsequent musical adaptations faired far better. Carly Simon, the Doobie Brothers, and other prominent folk singers have all made the tale their own. Stereo Sinai’s version for Toy Block Music is based on Buffy St. Marie’s performance of the poem, which was featured on Sesame Street in 1975.