Where are the dogs tonight,
the ones that always had something to bark about.
Yap yap yap, bow-wow-wow

Or all the loud neighbours,
who you could hear all the way to your 10th floor apartment.
Why, there was that time when we all rushed out
hearing the huge commotion below,
hoping for some juicy quarrel happening,
or maybe even a fight
-knock, punch, wham, wham.
But no such luck, it turned out,
They were simply having a hearty conversation.

Where are they tonight, those folks?
Never thought life without them would be so eerie.

Or those pesky kids on the floor above.
Not a sound from them either,
Must admit I miss them, & their running all about.
I know it used to make me clutch my head,
and shove it deep under the pillows.

Their thump thump thump made me
weep-boo hoo, boo hoo, boo,hoo

or shriek in rage- bah, bah , bah
to such horrendous kids.

But today even that is acceptable.
To escape this terrible , noiseless quiet.

Where are the buses,
that used to drone away all night,
drrrrrro....ne, drrroooone, drrrrone,
hissssssss.ssssssssssssss

Or the never-ending hoots and pip-pips
of the cars that never slept.
Used to make me wonder where those folks
were off to at all those unearthly hours.
And why they had to honk at that hour too!!!
I mean, who must there be on the street to hoot-hoot for?

Where are they today?
The street below is dark too,
to add to the menace of the scene.
Wish the soft light seeping through the curtains,
would give us its tender touch,
and remind me of the human presence all around.

Gosh, this reminds me of the time,
in that isolated farmhouse
out in the wilderness.

The dark sheet of the night overhead,
the stars twinkling in amusement,
at our discomfiture.

For the only sounds one heard were the trrrrrrrrrr
trrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr................................
trrrrr.............rrrrr.....................rrr....................

And then the howls of the hyenas
whoooo..............ooo....who..................
And the croaks of the frogs, the buzz of the mosquitoes.

Where oh where is my urban lullaby?
Where oh where is my urban lullaby?