Ever get a little bored of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and I Can Sing A Rainbow? I do. I once sang ‘the rainbow song’ 42 times in one night. I counted.
But there ARE alternatives.
I’ve always loved to sing and I’ve never quite recovered from my high school cancelling our musical theatre production in Year 12.
I’d gone through six hours of auditions and landed the second female lead – apparently I was ‘too worldly’ to play Maria in West Side Story.
Then that was cancelled (due to insufficient talent at the boys school we were paired with, or so went the rumour). It was decided we’d do a cabaret instead. I was given two solos, including ‘I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No’ from Oklahoma. Clearly the directors had a very specific idea of my on-stage strengths.
Then that was cancelled. And not replaced. My non-existent musical theatre career never recovered.
Now I sing to my kids.
Of course, ‘Lovely Ladies’ from Les Miserables (the one where Fantine sells her hair and becomes a prostitute) isn’t exactly appropriate lullaby material. But I’ve found plenty of songs that are.
Here are a few current favourites in our house.
1. Castle on a Cloud (Les Miserables)
Son #1 asks for this one every night. I like it because it speaks of a fantasy world where there ‘Aren’t any floors for me to sweep’. Sounds good to me! He likes it because ‘There is a room that’s full of toys’.
2. Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? (My Fair Lady)
Both boys love this one. And who wouldn’t, with lyrics like ‘Lots of chocolate for me to eat,’ and ‘Aow, so loverly sittin’ abso-bloomin’-lutely still’.
3. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
When happy little bluebirds fly, beyond the rainbow, why oh why, can’t YOU JUST GO THE F&*% TO SLEEP!!!
Ah hem, yes, sorry, where were we? Right, musical lullabies and sweet little children…
4. You Are My Sunshine (Beaches)
Yes, ok, so it’s not originally from Beaches, but who can forget Bette Midler and her brunette childhood friend riding in their convertible, singing the song… and then her friend’s alarm goes off and she pauses to take her medication because she’s dying from a virus in her heart. Sob.
But it’s a beautiful song and if you try not to think about the lyrics as you sing it, the kids will love it and it’s still better than ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ for the thousandth time:
The other night dear, as I lay sleepin’
I dreamed, I held you in my arms
When I awoke dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cry
5. Stay Awake (Mary Poppins)
Every now and then I suggest to Mr D that perhaps the boys could share a bedroom. The real reason has nothing to do with companionship or saving space.
I have a fantasy of myself sitting on a chair in between their beds, darning socks or something, while I sing ‘Stay Awake’ and they obediently drift off to sleep, just like the original Super Nanny, Mary Poppins.
I don’t actually know the words to this one yet, but I intend to learn.
What about you? Do you have a song you sing your kids that’s not a traditional nursery rhyme?
Take care & thanks for reading.
Linking with Grace for FYBF.