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What Kind of Song is that to Sing to a Baby?

What Kind of Song is that to Sing to a Baby?

May 21, 2009 at 7:26 AM by Cafe Suzanne

 

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No one could put poor Humpty

back together!

Mr. Cafe Suzanne and I are hoping to raise our daughter to be bilingual so we've bought her a lot of French music. Many of the songs have been sung to babies in France for generations, and my husband grew up hearing them. But after singing them to our daughter recently, he was a bit taken aback.

One song is about sailors that run out of food and are going to eat the cabin boy so he tries to hang himself. Another is about a girl who is happily skipping about until she meets some officers who make fun of her and call her trash for wearing clogs. Huh?

And when you think about it, the songs and nursery rhymes in the U.S. aren't any cheerier. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall and couldn't be put back together, Jack and Jill tumbled down a hill, Rock-a-bye baby falls out of a tree, Little Bo Peep lost her sheep and finds their tails hung out to dry, a spider scares Miss Muffet, and so on. Not really the kind of stories that will inspire sweet dreams as your little one drifts off to sleep.

I grew up hearing all of these songs and I don't think it did any damage to my psyche (then again, who knows), and I have sung all of them to my daughter. But still, why such dark themes in songs written for babies?

What songs do you sing your baby? Why do you think traditional nursery rhymes aren't all sweet and sunny? Have your ever heard what "ring around the rosey" means?


 





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by on May. 21, 2009 at 9:57 PM
Replies (21-27):
ColtsFan1912
by Bronze Member on May. 22, 2009 at 1:06 PM

actually i read it was from when people first came to AMerica they saw that the Native American's kept their baby "up in trees".. i wonder which one is true lol

Quoting hsteele:

I've actually heard that rock a bye baby is a metaphor for birth. In the tree tops the baby is in the womb, when the wind blows, labor begins, the cradle rocks and contractions rock the baby, the bough breaks, water breaks, down will come baby, baby is born, cradle and all, the placenta and all also come out. Just something I've heard. Can't remember where.

I made a lullaby for my own daughter. We usually only sing the first verse. Its actually all I know off the top of my head.

Hush little child

Mamas here

Hush little child

Do not fear

The world outside

Is far away

So hush my child

Mama's here.

 

Sleep my darling

Dream sweet dreams

Sleep my darling

Float away

The stars shine down

To light your path

So sleep sweet darling

Dream Sweat Dreams

 

Float away

Into your dreams

Float away

Above the trees

Up to the clouds

above the world

Float away

Up to the stars

 

The stars will fade

When morning comes

Dream till then

And fear no one

Your Mamas here

To keep you safe

So dream sweet child

Till morning comes.



"I am surrounded by  people who don't think like  i do. ..love is the protest" Jars of Clay

ellieemc2
by on May. 22, 2009 at 2:59 PM

A lot of them, especially the German ones, were full of lessons about what happens when a child misbehaves or does what they're told not to. Some of them are a bit graphic though, like a little girl catching fire and burning to a crisp while playing with matches and a thumb sucker who was told not to suck his thumbs while his mother went to the store and the tailor next door came in and sliced them both off...stuff like that. No, I wasn't traumatized.

Erised
by on May. 22, 2009 at 10:47 PM

I sing "Close to You", "Baby Mine", and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

Earth-Angel
by on May. 24, 2009 at 9:34 PM

No Nursery Rhymes here! My kids love the songs We will Rock you by Queen and Iron Man by Black Sabbath. Plus, my 4 y/o dd loves Follow Me by Uncle Cracker! LOL!


Earth-Angel
by on May. 24, 2009 at 9:38 PM

I checked snopes.com and it says the meaning behind ring around the rosie is False!


Della529
by Matlock on May. 24, 2009 at 10:08 PM

They didn't keep their babies "UP" in trees.  The used the branches of trees much like we use over-priced swings.  Sounds to me like they had more sense.

There are, at least, three different recorded versions of the history behind RABB.

Quoting ColtsFan1912:

actually i read it was from when people first came to AMerica they saw that the Native American's kept their baby "up in trees".. i wonder which one is true lol

Quoting hsteele:

I've actually heard that rock a bye baby is a metaphor for birth. In the tree tops the baby is in the womb, when the wind blows, labor begins, the cradle rocks and contractions rock the baby, the bough breaks, water breaks, down will come baby, baby is born, cradle and all, the placenta and all also come out. Just something I've heard. Can't remember where.

I made a lullaby for my own daughter. We usually only sing the first verse. Its actually all I know off the top of my head.

Hush little child

Mamas here

Hush little child

Do not fear

The world outside

Is far away

So hush my child

Mama's here.

 

Sleep my darling

Dream sweet dreams

Sleep my darling

Float away

The stars shine down

To light your path

So sleep sweet darling

Dream Sweat Dreams

 

Float away

Into your dreams

Float away

Above the trees

Up to the clouds

above the world

Float away

Up to the stars

 

The stars will fade

When morning comes

Dream till then

And fear no one

Your Mamas here

To keep you safe

So dream sweet child

Till morning comes.

 


tericared
by on May. 24, 2009 at 10:27 PM

 

Quoting Earth-Angel:

I checked snopes.com and it says the meaning behind ring around the rosie is False!


http://www.rooneydesign.com/RingRosies.htm 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/248783/ring_around_the_rosie_is_about_the.html?cat=37 

snopes is the last palce I would ever go for the truth about anything..

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