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Originally written by Johannes Brahms in the 19th century, this classic is more recognizable for its sweet melody than often-reworked lyrics. The German composer -- known in his time for having a less-than-soothing personality -- is said to have written the slumber-inducing ditty as a baby shower gift for a friend. A German folk poem inspired the original lyrics, but the words have changed often over the years and throughout myriad cultures.
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