Mama Lisa's World
International Music & Culture
Spider's Web
(American Folk Song)
Advertisement

You can hear a haunting rendition of Spider's Web by watching the YouTube video below the lyrics...

Spider's Web
Folk Song

Spider's Web - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image


Down in the valley,
There is a mission,
By the old oak tree.
By the mission,
There is a fountain,
Where my love told me:

There's a web like a spider's web,
Made of silk and light and shadows,*
Spun by the moon in my room at night.
It's a web made to catch a dream,
Hold it tight 'til I awaken,
As if to tell me, my dream is all right.

In the evening,
I was leaving,
My love dreamt of me.
I was sleeping,
She was weeping,
When she said to me:

There's a web like a spider's web,
Made of silk and light and shadows,
Spun by the moon in my room at night.
It's a web made to catch a dream,
Hold it tight 'til I awaken,
As if to tell me, my dream is all right.

I met a stranger,
His name was Danger,
We rode side by side.
Down in Santa Fe,
I killed a man they say
Danger told me, "Ride!"?

There's a web like a spider's web,
Made of silk and light and shadows,
Spun by the moon in my room at night.
It's a web made to catch a dream,
Hold it tight 'til I awaken,
As if to tell me, my dream is all right.

Now if I return,
They will hang me,
By the old oak tree,
Down by the mission,
Down by the fountain,
Where my love told me:

There's a web like a spider's web,
Made of silk and light and shadows,
Spun by the moon in my room at night.
It's a web made to catch a dream,
Hold it tight 'til I awaken,
As if to tell me, my dream is all right.
 
Watch

Please let us know if you think this video has been taken down by YouTube.
Thanks!

Notes

*This line can alternately be sung as, "Made of silver light and shadows".

Comments

Margaret wrote: "The song originates with the 1800 era Kentucky settlers - I've no idea how the girl scouts got it but they kept it alive & that is the important thing. ;) "

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Margaret B. for contributing this song and for letting us embed her lovely YouTube video rendition of Spider's Web. (Margaret calls this song Dream Catcher's Lullaby.) You can see other YouTube videos by Margaret on her YouTube Home Page.

Thanks also to Patsi for pointing out this song to me - which she remembered from Girl Scouts. (Patsi calls this song Down By the Valley.)

Thanks to Becky McLaughlin for the chords.

I find it interesting that this song has different names for different people. I welcome any information about the history of this song. Feel free to email me or comment on my blog on a post I wrote about Spider's Web -Mama Lisa

The image comes from The Bird and Insects' Post Office (1879) by Robert Bloomfield.

Advertisement
Lyrics & Recordings Needed!

Email us a traditional song or rhyme from your country.

More info.

Mama Lisa Facebook Badge
Mama Lisa Twitter Badge
Mama Lisa Pinterest Badge

Help Support Mama Lisa's World
with just
$1.99

Find us on Google+

If you feel any comment below is inappropriate, please email us. Thanks!


Help Support Mama Lisa's World
with just
$1.99