Joan Baez released this song in 1960. She was the female countrepart of Bob Dylan when it came to the Folk protest movement. As the war in Vietnam raged on, many sought comfort in the sound of Folk music with people like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and, of course, Joan Baez. She faced inmense racial discrimination due to her dark complexion. In the early 60's, whites made no differentiation between blacks and dark skinned individuals. This song, although, exemplifies the wained will to live by a mother who sings to her baby for one last time. Much of this can be speculation, but given the atmosphere during the 1960s, fillied with death and civil unrest, it exemplifies the feelings of that time period.