Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Is It Just Me?

Is it just me or is the tried and true lullaby "Rock-A-Bye-Baby" one of the scariest things you could possibly sing to a child?

Lately I have been thinking about Meron and how she'll attach to us and I started trying to think about things from her point of view. And I started thinking - "What if these were the first words I heard my dad sing to me..."

In the treetop
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall
And down will come baby
Cradle and all
What the...?!?! I think if I was Meron my first thought would be, "Why is my dad putting me in a flimsy cradle all the way in the top of a tree and leaving me there until the wind blows so hard it knocks me and my cradle out and we fall all the way to the ground?"

And I guess my second thought would be "Does his social worker know he is planning to do this?"

I mean maybe I am missing it - but I don't see anything soothing about that song. So why not sing this as well
One, Two, Freddy's coming for you
Three, four better lock your door
Fixe, six...
Or better yet - make that "Chi chi chi chi, ah ah ah ah" sound that Friday the 13th made so popular. That'd soothe me right to sleep.

So please - if you ever find yourself around Meron at bedtime and feel compelled to sing her a lullaby - stay away from "Rock-A-Bye-Baby." I mean - anything else is better.

Sing some Bon Jovi. Sing some Weird Al or Beastie Boys. Some Run DMC. Heck, sing some Kenny Rogers. Anything but that.


Unknown said...

I think I will Make one up one for Miss Meron. Didnt you know thats one of my great talents? You should some of the personal songs I had for my Lucy

Anonymous said...

You're funny. :)

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh. I laughed out loud when I read this. Too funny! Did you know "Ring Around the Rosey" is about the Black Plague?!! Scarey!

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

LOL a lot of old time children`s songs and stories are pretty darn morbid.

Like the previous poster said Ring Arond The Rosey is about The Black Plague. Sick huh?

Anonymous said...

How about I just sing the one I made up to sing to all my little ones...
"Granny loves her little Meron,
Yes she does, oh, yes she does.
Granny loves her little Meron,
Yes she does, God loves you, too."

Counting the hours,
NC Granny

adrian.crawford said...

Hey Tymm, I had these same thoughts when Anna was born. Then Alysia told me of an alternative version.....right after "The cradle will fall," you add: "And daddy will catch you cradle and all." Although that doesn't solve the issues of why your baby is in a treetop to begin with, at least they know you'll be there for them ;)

Unknown said...

Yeah, it's pretty weird - so are all the older Disney princess clasics that we don't watch...
Snow White sending a hunter after her?? Horrible!
Just stick with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Creekview Grizzlies said...

I never could remember lullabies, so I ended up singing praise songs!

Anonymous said...

lol...of you can sing her a song about her "coolest" aunt :)

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I too often wonder about that song 'Rock a Bye Baby'... somewhat brutal... take care

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TK said...

I change the last part when I sing it to my daughter. I say...

"And down will come baby,
In Mommy's arms."