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Man, I gotta get me some lullabies

So, Julian melted down. No Karen, so I got him a bottle, got him a bath, and put him to bed. I read him a book or two (Goodnight Moon and Pajama Time!), but after a while, I needed to not read. So, I started to sing. But, er, I haven't known any lullabies for a few decades. So, tonight's songlist (program this into your iPods, kids):

St. Judy's Comet, Paul Simon
Friend of the Devil, the Grateful Dead
Lawyers, Guns, and Money, Warren Zevon
Yesterday and We Can Work It Out, by the Beatles. If he hadn't started snoring, then, I would have sung Signs by the Five Man Electrical Band (the acoustic version by Tesla, for the curious).

So, any other suggestions for songs that I should memorize on the way back and forth to work?

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allah_sulu
Nov. 2nd, 2004 01:15 am (UTC)
If you're going to sing Beatles tunes to him, might as well add "Hey Jude" to the playlist... Since that was written for (or at least inspired by) a Julian (Lennon).
sethcohen
Nov. 2nd, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
Guess I'd better learn those lyrics, then
Something tells me I'll be going and buying some Beatles music soon. Singing well is still optional.
allah_sulu
Nov. 2nd, 2004 02:12 am (UTC)
Re: Guess I'd better learn those lyrics, then
I think most of our lullabying will be done by Q.

I inherited my mother's singing voice -- she used to do lullabies, until she overheard one of my sisters whisper to another, "if you pretend to be asleep, she stops singing."
sethcohen
Nov. 2nd, 2004 02:28 am (UTC)
Re: Guess I'd better learn those lyrics, then
I don't really try singing. More like whispering rhyme. After all, I want him to be lulled to sleep.
morganminstrel
Nov. 2nd, 2004 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: Guess I'd better learn those lyrics, then
Ah, the William Shatner school of lullabys... ;-)

"Picture...yourself....onaboatonariver....with TANGERINE TREES and marmalade skies........"
allah_sulu
Nov. 2nd, 2004 11:13 am (UTC)
Re: Guess I'd better learn those lyrics, then
But in esperanto...
leahmiriam
Nov. 2nd, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
A little Peter Paul and Mary never hurt anyone....they are about the right length to go shloof to. Unless, of course, you hate Peter Paul and Mary. There is always the Grateful Dead...a little Truckin'??
sethcohen
Nov. 2nd, 2004 02:19 am (UTC)
I love PPM. I just don't have their songs memorized any longer. Looks like I'll have to fix that.
allah_sulu
Nov. 2nd, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
You can have the PPM that Q is playing for Richard...
glenbarnett
Nov. 2nd, 2004 02:19 am (UTC)

Puff the Magic Dragon, for sure.

[At his age (indeed up until he's about 4 I'd guess), standards like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Incy-Wincy Spider (or Itsy Bitsy as some Americans have it)
I'm a Little Teapot (I do the sugarbowl version regularly)
all work great.]
estherchaya
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
great suggestions!
leahmiriam
Nov. 2nd, 2004 02:25 am (UTC)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Lyrics
Here are the lyrics from Chu-Chi face from the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang--when all else fails, turn to the musicals, they will save you!!

You're my little chu-chi face
My coo-chi, coo-chi, woo-chi little chu-chi face
Every time I look at you I sigh
And you're my little teddy bear
My lovey lovey dovey little teddy bear
You're the apfel strudel of mine eye
Your chu-chi woo-chi nose
Your chu-chi woo-chi eyes
They set my heart a flutter
Your ooo-chi coo-chi ways
Your ooo-chi coo-chi gaze
Wilts me down like meltings butter
You're my little chu-chi face
And you're my teddy bear
Together we're a chu-chi woo-chi, ooo-chi coo-chi pair
Whatever you may ask becomes my happy task
I only live to serve you
I never will divine what magic made you mine
I only know I don't deserve you
You're my little chu-chi face
And you're my teddy bear
Together we're a chu-chi woo-chi, ooo-chi coo-chi
Chu-chi, Woo-chi, Ooo-chi, Coo-chi pair
Chu-chi
Woo-chi
Ooo-chi
Coo-chi pair
allah_sulu
Nov. 2nd, 2004 11:14 am (UTC)
Re: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Lyrics
And the fact that Brian Blessed is singing that just makes it funnier.
fheyd
Nov. 2nd, 2004 03:53 am (UTC)
Resorting to Disney songs works as well - or at least it did back when my niece and nephew were little. You also might want to pick-up some of the Baby Einstein DVDs. They cover lots of great things - music, art, animals - and they're aimed for kids around Julian's age. If Julian likes the music on them you could always play them softly, but out of sight range, while he falls asleep. They're pretty good to watch as far as kids videos go as well. After Elmo, Elmo, Elmo and Ernie (Cindy has banned Barney from her house) Baby Mozart and Baby Van Gogh are quite nice.
estherchaya
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
Elmo ain't happening!

For the moment, he doesn't watch TV, and I'm not going to encourage him to, since he's otherwise willing and able to find ways to entertain himself. We need to get a little radio/CD player for his room so that we can play some music for him when we want to put him down. But we don't have a TV upstairs, and our basement isn't even close to baby-proof. Sigh.
fheyd
Nov. 2nd, 2004 03:54 am (UTC)
Resorting to Disney songs works as well - or at least it did back when my niece and nephew were little. You also might want to pick-up some of the Baby Einstein DVDs. They cover lots of great things - music, art, animals - and they're aimed for kids around Julian's age. If Julian likes the music on them you could always play them softly, but out of sight range, while he falls asleep. They're pretty good to watch as far as kids videos go as well. After Elmo, Elmo, Elmo and Ernie (Cindy has banned Barney from her house) Baby Mozart and Baby Van Gogh are quite nice.
have_inner_lady
Nov. 2nd, 2004 03:55 am (UTC)
I think your playlist is right where it needs to be!

BTW, my son around that age fell asleep best to "As My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- but only if I was actually jumping up and down with him in my arms.
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paigedayspring
Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)
I"ve sang "The Yellow Rose of Texas", "All The Gold in California" and "The Battle Hym of the Republic" to my kids.

They inevitably give me a dirty look and try to cover my mouth.
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