New York : Nonesuch, p2010.
2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book ( p. : ill., ports. ; 13 x14 cm.)
"All songs composed by Natalie Merchant with texts by various poets"--Container.
Natalie Merchant, vocals; with accompanying musicians.
Produced by Natalie Merchant, Andres Levin.
Recorded: The Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Lyrics in accompanying book.Song texts and notes on the poets in book.
Leave Your Sleep contains 26 new songs recorded live in the studio. Merchant used the poems, anonymous nursery rhymes, and lullabies of 19th and 20th century British and American writers as source material and set them to original music. Among the authors included are Ogden Nash, e.e. cummings, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, Edward Lear, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Mervyn Peake, Eleanor Farjeon, Nathalia Crane, and Robert Graves. --Imbd.com.
Part I. Leave your supper. Nursery rhyme of innocence and experience / [text by] Charles Causley -- Equestrienne / Rachel Field -- Calico pie / Edward Lear -- Bleezer's ice-cream / Jack Prelutsky -- It makes a change / Mervyn Peake -- The king of China's daughter / Anon. -- The dancing bear / Albert Bigelow Paine -- The man in the wilderness / Mother Goose -- Maggie and Milly and Molly and May / E.E. Cummings -- If no one ever marries me / Laurence Alma-Tadema -- The sleepy giant / Charles Edward Carryl -- The peppery man / Arthur Macy -- The blind men and the elephant / John Godfrey Saxe -- Part II. Leave your sleep. Adventures of Isabel / Ogden Nash -- The walloping window blind / Charles Edward Carryl -- Topsyturvey-world / William Brighty Rands -- The janitor's boy / Nathalia Crane -- Griselda / Eleanor Farjeon -- The land of Nod / Robert Louis Stevenson -- Vain and careless / Robert Graves -- Crying, my little one / Christina Rossetti -- Sweet and a lullaby ; I saw a ship a-sailing ; Autumn lullaby / Anon. -- Spring and fall: to a young child / Gerard Manley Hopkins -- Indian names / Lydia Huntley Sigourney.