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Once In a Lullaby

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Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby

“She was beautiful Jack. Like an angel, or at least that’s how I remember her.” Ianto lay across his sofa, head cushioned in Jack’s lap as the familiar images played across the screen in front of them. “Long dark hair and the brightest smile you ever saw. She was always smiling, and singing too, she had the most beautiful voice.” He trailed off and Jack squeezed his shoulder softly.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

“Every year on her birthday we’d sit round the telly with a box of chocolates and watch this. She loved it, used to sing along to all the songs, even when she got sick she never stopped singing. I used to climb in beside her, I remember she always smelled like lemons, even… and she’d sing ‘till I fell asleep. I hated that Da always put me to bed again, because I was so scared she’d be gone when I woke up.”

Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me

He rolled onto his back, gazing up at Jack with tear-clouded eyes. “I was eight years old, Jack; I thought my mother was supposed to live forever. I tried so hard: shooting stars, birthday candles, even other peoples,” he gave short, mirthless laugh, “Spent days searching the garden for a four leafed clover once. I just thought, if I wished hard enough, she might get better.”

Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

“Da used to say she was too beautiful to stay here, that she belonged with the angels and we had to be grateful for the time we’d had.” He took a deep, shuddering breath, “I miss her so much sometimes. Why does everybody have to leave, Jack?” A single tear escaped to roll down his cheek and Jack pulled him up into his arms, stroking and soothing as Ianto finally broke, and on the flickering screen a young girl clicked ruby red heels together and thought of home.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?