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April 18th, 2013
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Bedtime Songs
Rosie has started to get bored with many of her old bedtime songs, like "Somewhere over the rainbow" and "The rainbow connection," and has declared she doesn't like some others, like Wendy's lullaby from Peter Pan. So I have started to sing her story songs from "Really Rosie" and "Free To Be You and Me," and also Land of the Silver Birch, a Canadian native canoeing song I learned when I was young (various lyrics are out there - these were the words I learned but I learned the rhythm part as "boom-didi-ah-dah, boom-didi-ah-dah, boom-didi-ah-dah, boom").

The one song from Peter Pan that she still likes - and asks for, last, before I say goodnight and leave - is my secular alteration of "Tender Shepherd," which is the song Mrs. Darling sings to her three children at the beginning of the play, before they meet Peter Pan. Rosie and I call it "The Counting Song." These are the lyrics I sing:

Tender Shepherd, Tender Shepherd
Let me help you count your sheep.
One in the meadow,
Two in the garden,
Three in the nursery,
Fast asleep.

Tender Shepherd, Tender Shepherd
Let me help you go to sleep.
One, say goodnight and
Two, close your eyes and
Three, safe and happily,
Fall asleep.

(Fall asleep 2X, fading)

This clip is pretty close to how I sing it, tunewise.

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From:sarahmichigan
Date:April 19th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Cute! She seems to be a very opinionated young person already. :)
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From:gilraen2
Date:April 19th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
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From:jinasphinx
Date:April 19th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Cool; always good to learn new lullabies. I don't know that many kids' songs, so mostly I sing mine the folk songs that my mom sang to us, and some others I learned along the way: Down in the Valley, John Henry, Clementine, This Land Is Your Land, Blowin' in the Wind, Big Rock Candy Mountain, and May the Circle Be Unbroken. Down side is there's a lot of people dyin' in these songs.
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