小白船 [Little White Boat] (SA)
小白船 (xiǎo bái chuán) or Little White Boat originated from Korea and became a popular lullaby in China. The first verse references the bright celestial object in the night sky that resembles a little white boat, and the second verse speaks of a journey towards paradise. Although it is known to most as a children’s song, it embodies a deeper sense of spirituality and existentialism. The beauty of Little White Boat lies in the simplicity of its text and melody. The richness of the unspoken is demonstrated with lush jazz harmonies and contrasting musical textures that support and highlight the magic and majesty in the poetry.
Other versions available: SAB Piano and SSATB a cappella.