As the theme tune for one of the most notorious movie villains of all time, it’s hardly the most obvious choice for a lullaby.
But as this video proves,The Imperial March from the Star Wars franchise seems to have magical soothing powers.
The 45-second clip shows an 11-week-old baby crying hysterically before being pacified when he hears the famous score that is typically associated with Darth Vader.
Eleven-week-old baby Eli was crying uncontrollably before his dad Micah played the tune from Star Wars
When Micah Hayman, from Texas, posted the video to his YouTube page on 7 January, he explained: ‘I figured out the Imperial March calms my son when he is crying. #parentingdoneright.’
He filmed his son Eli crying in his lap, before getting his phone out and playing the piece of music.
Within seconds, the baby has stopped crying and seems to be listening intently to the music.
Micah told ABC News: ‘He was screaming one day and nothing would calm him down.
The Imperial March is commonly associated with Star Wars villain Darth Vader (pictured)
As the tune began to play from dad Micah’s phone, Eli quickly stopped crying and began to calm down
‘For some reason I decided to pull up the Imperial March, and he stopped crying as soon as it started playing.’
He joked that he hoped his baby’s reaction didn’t signal a drift towards the dark side, adding: ‘If he tries to force choke me, I’ll know something is up.’
The Imperial March was penned by composer John Williams, for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in the franchise which came out in 1980.
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One Star Wars fan pointed out that Eli was wearing red, the same colour as Sith Lords’ lightsabers
Micah’s video has been viewed almost 400,000 times with amused Star Wars fans joking that the tot may be a Sith – an evil warrior from the dark side – in the making.
MyWillowcat wrote: ‘Should we be concerned for the future? Do we have a young Sith Lord?’ and Michael Aiyedun said: ‘This is how they train storm troopers.’
FamousFive pointed out: ‘He’s wearing red. Sith Lords have red lightsabers COINCIDENCE!?!? I THINK NOT!!’
Micah followed up his initial video with a second one that showed Eli smiling while listening to the same piece of music.