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Bedtime Songs

One of my lucky parenting skills that I didn't even realize was going to be a parenting skill is the huge music bin in my brain. I know a lot of songs, okay sometimes just the chorus, and I sing a lot of them to Rebecca, I still sing her to sleep, or to sleepy at least, every night and nap time, so sue me and all that if your philosophy is different. I keep meaning to make a list of the songs I sing Rebecca at nap time and bed time, and I never do. I can only remember that I know some subset of them at a time, one song reminding me of the next and all that, songs going in sets and cycles. I've made a good stab at it this time, but this is really an open editable list for me. I've bolded some of Rebecca's favorites. I wanted to link them all to lyrics, for me, but it's taken me two hours just to make it this far. I may make more links later, if I can find some good lyric sites that look dependable and not ad-covered.

Traditional-ish Nursery Songs:
* Sing a Song of Sixpence
* Here We Go 'round the Mulberry Bush
* All Around the Cobbler's Bench
* London Bridge is Falling Down
* Mary Had a Little Lamb
* The Grand Old Duke of Yorke
* Row Row Row Your Boat
* Sing Sing What Shall I Sing
* Three Blind Mice
* A Tisket a Tasket
* A-B-C-D
* Baa Baa Black Sheep
* Hey Diddle Diddle
* Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill
* Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary
* Lavender's Blue
* To Market To Market
* Hush-a-bye, Don't You Cry
* Hush Little Baby
* The Itsy Bitsy Spider
* The Farmer in the Dell
* Rock-a-bye Baby
* I Had a Little Nut Tree
* Do You Know the Muffin Man
* Peas Porridge Hot
* Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
* There Was an Old Woman
* Wee Willie Winkie
* I've Been Working on the Railroad
* This Old Man
* The Green Grass Grew All Around
* Over the River and Through the Woods (bits)
* Good Night Ladies (Babies)
* Senor Don Gato
* Mama's Little Baby Loves (our own fill in the blank version)
* I See the Moon
* Mary Wore a Red Dress
* Polly Put the Kettle On

Not sleepytime nursery songs:
* Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
* The Wheels on the Bus
* If You're Happy and You Know It

Elizabeth Mitchel's Little Bird CD (I LOVE this CD):
* Little Bird Little Bird, Fly Through My Window
* Three Little Birds (AKA Baby Song)
* Who's My Pretty Baby
* The North Wind Doth Blow

Mormon: (Oy, there are so many of these in my head, but I only sing the ones without God... mostly.)
* Oh What Do You Do in the Summer Time
* Autumn Time
* Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree
* My Primary Colors
* Give Said the Little Stream
* Little Purple Pansies

Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein):
* In My Own Little Corner
* Ten Minutes Ago
* Are You Beautiful
* Impossible

Mary Poppins (Richard and Robert Sherman):
* Feed the Birds
* A Spoon Full of Sugar
* Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
* Stay Awake
* Chim Chim Cher-ee
* Sister Suffragette (bits - Rebecca never lets me finish)
* Let's Go Fly A Kite

The Aristocats:
* Scales and Arpeggios
* Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat

Other Disney:
* A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
* Whistle While You Work
* I've Got No Strings
* Gummi Bears Theme
* Following the Leader

Secret Garden Musical (Marsha Norman & Lucy Simon):
* The House Upon the Hill
* I Heard Someone Crying
* A Fine White Horse
* Round-Shouldered Man
* Hold-On
* The Girl I Mean to Be
* Wick
* Come to My Garden / Lift Me Up
(I think my favorite song is How Could I Ever Know, but I can't sing that without crying.)

* Simple Gifts - Shaker
* Babies are Born in the Circle of the Sun
* Country Roads - John Denver
* Little Boxes - Malvina Reynolds
* Sing - Carpenters / Sesame St.
* Peace Is - Fred Small
* You Can Be Anybody - Fred Small
* The Wearing of the Green
* Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name
* Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (I sang this a lot when Rebecca was really little, I think because my mom sang it to me.)
* Rose, Rose, Rose
* From far, from eve and morning



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 21st, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
"I still sing her to sleep, or to sleepy at least, every night and nap time, so sue me and all that if your philosophy is different."

Huh. Would anyone actually have a problem with this? It seems like such a sweet innocuous thing to object to...
Apr. 21st, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
There are so many strong opinions about sleep. A lot of them are very American, and about forcing early independence - not just around sleep I guess. So unassisted going to sleep is seen as a sign of maturity and independence, and assisted going to sleep is seen as promoting weakness and your child will never be able to go to sleep by themselves without breast/food/singing/white-noise/rocking. I'm more towards the attachment parenting end of the spectrum, (although I think Dr. Sears is... uh... a freak in a number of ways...) and I don't see a reason to force independence before the kid is naturally reaching for it. I aim for encouraging but not demanding, and I believe that kids are naturally driven to reach for independence.
Apr. 21st, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Ah. I am far enough on the attachment parenting side of things that objecting just seems silly. I think the idea of forcing independence on a baby (and Rebecca really is still a baby) is just silly. And even if she wasn't anymore, what is wrong with having a supporting role in her life? Things will be hard enough in life without forcing her to give up that awesomeness that is parental comforting when she is little.

Some people are silly.
Apr. 21st, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Some people are definitely silly. And really, everyone is almost certainly thought to be silly by some large number of people. So everyone is silly from some point of view. :-)
May. 2nd, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I'm something like 59 and I still remember being held by my mother in a rocking chair and sung to. I always think its okay to feel comfort, security and love and to grow up with all that 'coziness' tucked away in your heart...mama
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