Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Favorite Songs from Childhood, or Everyone Loves "Ring Around the Rosy"

What are some of your favorite songs from childhood? Did someone sing lullabies over you while you were rocked? (No, I'm not talking about rocking Led Zeppellin {sp?} style.) Did you sing songs in elementary school? At church?

Note the ones listed below. Let me know if we share some faves!

"Ring Around the Rosy"---Despite its morbid origins (it's about the black plague), it's a fun song. (Four-year-olds know nothing and care nothing about bubonic plague.) You skip in a circle holding hands, going faster and faster, till you let go of one another's hands and fall down on "We all fall down."

"Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush"---Yay, a chore for every day of the week. (Each stanza is about a different chore. Each day has its assigned chore.) OK, that's not such a fun idea, but acting the chores was always fun: sweeping, washing, and so forth.

"White Coral Bells"---This song is about lily of the valley. Pretty tune. Catchy lyrics.

"The Riddle Song"---Begins "I gave my love a cherry without a stone." Again, pretty tune. The first stanza states the riddles. The second stanza asks "How can there be?" all of the things mentioned in stanza 1. And the third and final stanza explains the riddles. The explanations are sweet. :o)

These are fun to sing, whether nonsense songs or ones that teach lessons.
"Zum Gali Gali Gali"
"Dona Nobis Pacem"
"Reuben, Reuben, I've Been Thinkin'"
"One Bottle of Pop, Two Bottles of Pop"
"Make New Friends"
"Come Follow Me"

Songs from Brownies:
I learned these in Brownies. (That's Girl Scouts for 1st graders, I think. It's been 23 years. Cut me some slack.)
"Father Abraham"---another song involving actions
The one with the line about "mutilated monkey meat." Little kids like gross-out songs.

Songs my mom sang while rocking me:
"Go to Sleepy, Little Baby"
"The Old Grey Mare"
"Mairzy Doats"
"Are You Sleeping?"
"Aunt Rhody"
"Baa Baa, Black Sheep"
"Jimmy Crack Corn"
"Little Cabin in the Woods"
"She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain"
"Where Is Thumbkin?"
"Way Down Yonder in the Paw-Paw Patch"
"Did You Ever See a Lassie?"
"Itsy Bitsy Spider"
"The Farmer in the Dell"
"Old Macdonald Had a Farm"
"Six Little Ducks That I Once Knew"
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
"Hush Little Baby"
"This Old Man"
"John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt"
"Little Bunny Foo Foo"
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"
"Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore"
"The Muffin Man"
"My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
"O, Susanna"
"Puff the Magic Dragon"
"Praise Him, Praise Him"
"Rock-a-bye, Baby"
"Skip to My Lou"
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
"Three Blind Mice"
"Yankee Doodle"

No, she didn't sing all the songs in her repetoire every time she rocked me. Some of them we sang in the car. Some I sang along to the records I played in my room. (Yes, the old vinyl 33 and 1/3 rpm records. I still have them but not the turntable.) Some I sang in my head or aloud while reading the children's songbooks Mom had collected. (It's good to have a mama with a degree in elementary ed. with a minor in music ed.)

Some I learned in school:
"It's a Marshmallow World"
"The Green Grass Grew All Around"
"The Water Is Wide"
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again"

I'll add more to the list when I think of things.

So what's on your list?

{Thank you to the Kididdles folks (see link in title of post) for their alphabetized list of songs. Many of them are as I remember them from childhood. Go check out their site and explore.}

1 comment:

The Pink Kitty said...

My favorites from childhood that I sang with my little sister or at school were:
- Cookie Jar (Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar, was it you? who me? couldn't be etc.)
- She'll be comin' round the mountain
- Clementine
- He's got the whole world in his hands
- Noah's ark song... I remember it had a line about how the animals "came in by twosies twosies" or something
- Puff the Magic Dragon
- Songs from Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Little Mermaid when it came out

We also used to like to sing ones that had grossed out or mean things, like this one:
Glory Glory hallelia (sp?)
Teacher hit me with a ruler
Hit her in the bean with a rotten tangerine
and the school goes marching on.

Or something silly like that. I also liked to sing "Yellow Submarine" and "Octupus' Garden" by the Beatles.