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I need to expand my lexicon

Charlotte has started to have nightmares on and off.  Perfectly normal, and not something I'm worried about.  But when she has a really bad night like she is tonight, I'll go up and hold/rock her.  It's more for me than for her, honestly.  But I've discovered tonight that I need to learn a few more songs.  I've got "Personal Penguin" down cold because it's one of her favorite books.  After that she gets "A Monster's Lullaby," which is actually sweet and quite appropriate.  But after that I tend to segue into various things I've learned in the SCA and assorted Tom Lehrer.  If I send her off to school singing "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," there's gonna be some 'splainin' to do...



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Feb. 25th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Or "Pollution" for that matter. :)

I remember corrupting my classmates with Tom Lehrer during the marching band trip down to DC in '89.

Hope Charlotte drifts off to peaceful sleep soon.
See you tomorrow night, too, if I am not completely zombified by my job (11 hours today, 9.5 hours yesterday, 8 hours Monday, and probably looking at about 8.5 hours tomorrow). If I am dragging at day's end, I may just go home and collapse.
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)
My brother went to school singing a beer jingle.

You need the Boynton and They Might Be Giants CDs.
Feb. 25th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yes - a Genesee jingle as I recall. By comparison, I'm not worried about "The MLF Lullaby."
Feb. 26th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
"In heaven there is no beer, that's why we drink it here and when we're gone from here, our friends will be drinking all the beer."

I would avoid "Vatican Rag" and "Smut" if I were you.
Feb. 25th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
I know a *ton* of songs: "Rainbow Connection" is a good one, "The Impossible Dream" (watch that last high note), and "The Ants go Marching" ("The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!"). You can google song lyrics with ease. In fact, this website has a bajillion songs with MIDI files so you know how the song goes:


Unfortunately, both my children tell me to stop singing when I try to. ',:^/ I'm glad Charlotte is a more receptive audience.
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
She's two. I'm not sure she knows HOW to ask mommy not to sing yet. :-)
Feb. 25th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
she will
And I want a full description... :-P
Feb. 27th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: she will
You're enjoying this waaayyyy too much. :-)
Feb. 25th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
I apparently sang enough Cornell fight songs to infect my daughter ... she asks for them by name now. Good old Victoriana!

Of course, she's also getting old TV theme songs, bad country, old gospel songs...and combinations of the above. Did you know that you can sing Gilligan's Island to the tune of Amazing Grace? Bailed me out last week. When I stopped after verse 1, V started "Sitto knows more words than you do" in the "she's better than you" tone of voice that pushes my buttons. I grinned and said "I bet she doesn't know Stairway to Gilligan's Island" -- and she was asleep before I stumbled on the movie star verse.

My favorite songbook is this one: http://www.singout.org/rus.html. They even have some parodies--and even discuss "filk" in a footnote.

(Ooo that may have been an expensive websearch for me -- I hadn't known they're selling CDs with the melodies...and there's so many I don't know...)
Feb. 26th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
My step-brothers both went to Cornell. I was concerned for my safety the time I went with the younger one to the Cornell vs. Harvard game homecoming weekend. I was sitting with him and the rest of the Glee Club while they sang fight songs...and called out cheers like, "Peaches and cream, peaches and cream, let's have a cheer for the Harvard team. Knit one, pearl two. Harvard boys, yoo-hoo!!" Somehow the Harvard guys were not appreciative.
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
I think you were safe. In my marching band years, the only cheer-related fan injury I saw (as opposed to several alcohol-related fan injuries) was when a Cornell hockey player sent the puck up to the noisy Clarkson band behind the goalie -- forgetting that the Clarkson rink did not have floor-to-ceiling nets like most rinks. He was mortified! The tormenting trumpet player in question went for stitches, and was back for the end of the game and a profuse apology. He claimed he'd never straighten his trumpet.

But yes there are some cheers I'm reluctant to have to explain to my 4yo!

Two bits four bits six bits a buck
Hey [insert opposing team] how bout a .... NAH.
Feb. 25th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
I know when I see you write "SCA" in an entry that I'm not going to understand or know anything about anything written after it :)

Surely you know more kid songs, though. You Are My Sunshine, while nauseating, is easy to sing. Twinkle, Twinkle, too. Little Teapot. Eensy Weensy Spider. Greensleeves. I'm SURE you must know those :)
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)

You're right - I do know those. Now, why don't I ever remember them when I'm frantically trying to come up with something? Instead I come up with "The Lusty Young Smith" - which admittedly has a good beat. Meg Davis' "Monster's Lullaby" really is quite cute and more up my alley than "You Are My Sunshine."

I'm just not a "cute" sort of person.
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Songs for children ALL tend to be 'cute', so singing literal lullabies or any song for written for a child, you don't really get to choose what type of person you are...cute is just the default.

I'm not into cute either, and I think kid ditties are really insipid, but I can remember them and at least they're easy to sing. It doesn't matter what you sing anyway, as far as the soothing aspect goes...it's all about tone.

Unfortunately, children do tend to remember the most incriminating phrases better than anything else.
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
A few not-cute kids songs for the mental list.
"London Bridge is falling down..."
"London's burning"
"Alouette" (if you don't know French it's adorable...if you do, it's about someone plucking feathers off a bird to eat it.)
"Dona dona"
"Don't throw your junk in my back yard..."
"Clementine" (she's dead)
"My Bonnie lies over the ocean" (She's dead)
"You take the low road, I'll take the high road" (He's dead...I think you sense the theme)
"Teddy Bear's Picnic" (So okay it's cute but it has that super-creepy intro which is not.)

This got me thinking and I realized I do a lot of holiday themes. Right now we're doing 4th of July stuff - "This Land is Your Land" (including the no-trespassing verse), "America the Beautiful", etc.
Feb. 25th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
When I had her that night she liked all my life's a circle by Harry Chapin. She just smiled and leaned into my shoulder.
Feb. 26th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
I used to have scary nightmares about a third world war,
With mushroom clouds and firestorms and blood and guts and gore,
'Till Mom explained the reason why we won't get blown away:
We've got a little buddy who protects us night and day.

There's a little green bug-eyed monster who came from outer space.
She's hanging out in orbit just to save the human race.
So if Reagan or Chernyenko should try to drop the Bomb
She'll zap those deadly missiles and preserve our peace and calm.

We'll be saved by a little green bug-eyed monster.
We'll learn our lesson. We'll stop our messin'
With those great big bad atomic weapons.
The little green monster will bring us peace.

I won't get blown to bacon bits. I won't glow in the dark.
I won't melt down like butter when I'm playing in the park.
The Bomb won't come to get me in the middle of the night;
So now I don't get frightened when my Mom turns out the light.

I believe in the little green bug-eyed monster.
Without her up there, I'd have a nightmare.
I told all of the other kids in day care;
They believe in Santa, but they think I'm nuts.

The day they push the button, they'll get a big surprise,
When all their shiny missiles don't fly screaming through the skies.
Those crazy politicians couldn't start another war,
So, grownups, don't you demonstrate or protest any more.

Just believe that the little green bug-eyed monster
Can save the nation from incineration.
Just believe that she never needs a vacation,
And you'll be happy till the day you die.
Yes, you'll be happy till the day you die.

(Feel free to change the "Reagan or Chernyenko" line to suit current
political conditions.)
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
I love that!
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