A traditional American nursery rhyme, Star Light Star Bright can be dated back to the 19th century. It grew in popularity all over the globe and arrived in Britain in the 20th Century, earning a top spot in many nurseries to help children as they went to sleep. It has retained its popularity in modern times, with many people keen to wish upon a falling star for luck.
The rhyme is based on an old superstition that suggests that if you see a falling star and make a wish, it will come true. The idea of wishing on a star is thought to predate this nursery rhyme, with the lyrics here developed to match an existing belief.
The whole of the Star Light Star Bright poem is recited by Geppetto in the 1940 Disney version of Pinocchio. It’s this wish which brings the wooden puppet of Pinocchio into a life where he becomes a “real boy”.
Star Light Star Bright Lyrics
Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.