My Baby Needs A Shepherd

My Baby Needs A Shepherd

words and music by Emmylou Harris

My baby needs a shepherd
She’s lost out on the hill
Too late I tried to call her when the night was cold and still
And I tell myself I’ll find her
But I know I never will
My baby needs a shepherd
She’s lost out on the hill

My baby needs an angel
She never learned to fly
She won’t reach sanctuary just by looking to the sky
I guess I could have carried her
But I didn’t even try
My baby needs an angel
She never learned to fly

Oh I ran so far
Through a broken land
I was following a drummer beating in a different band
And somewhere on the highway I let go of her hand
Now she’s gone forever like her footprints in the sand
Toora loora loora lo
First the seed and then the rose
Toora loora loora li
My kingdom for a lullabye

My baby needs a pilot
She has no magic wand
To help her cross the troubled waters of the Rubicon
But in my soul I know she’ll have to go this one alone
After all that is the only way she’s ever known

But there is no lamp in all this dark
That can take away her shadow from the corners of my heart
I pray she rides a dolphin
But she’s swimming with the shark
Out where none can save her
Not even Noah and his ark

Toora loora loora lo
To the cradle comes the crow
Toora loora loora li
My kingdom for a lullabye

My baby needs a mother
To love her to the end
Up every rugged mountain and down every road that bends
Sometimes I hear her crying
But I guess it’s just the wind
My baby needs a mother to love her to the end.