The lyrics to this English lullaby come from the 1806 poem The Star by Jane Taylor. It was later set to the French melody of Ah! Vous Dirais-je, Maman. Part of the lyric influenced the lyrics to Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. The first verse goes:
Twinkle, Twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
The poem is parodied in the 1865 book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Part of the tune was used in Ringo Starr’s song Have I Told You Lately That I Love You from his 1970 album Sentimental Journey.
Now Hear This: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles (1967)
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Ringo Starr (1970)