Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Song Lyrics

As seen in the post below, we rock out to kids songs much of the time. I've sang the song "Oh, my darling Clementine..." many times. I never actually knew the words to the other verses though. The song is about the man's daughter drowning, and him watching her and being unable to help because "Alas I was no swimmer, so I lost my Clementine..." Seriously?? Why is that considered a KIDS SONG?? For real, it goes into details of how she did it too. "She walked the ducks down... her foot hit a splinter..." I'm now retiring that cd.

I do love to hear my kids sing funny songs though. The funniest part is when they fill in the words that they aren't so sure of. Example:

Lightning: (Still singing Christmas carols) "Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! Jingle all the WAYYY! Oh much fun to ride and sing and play! Hey! Somedin-somedin I love my Momma HEY! HEY!"

He just loves the "HEY" part.

Her Highness: (My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean-- yet another kids song I'm unsure of the meaning) "My BODY lies over the ocean. My BODY lies over the sea. My BODY lies over the ocean. So bring back my BODY to me."

I asked what in the world that meant. How could your body lie over the ocean?
To which she replied: "Momma, it's just a song!"
She still doesn't believe that it's "Bonnie."


Kiera said...

That's crazy about the Clementine song... And I don't know if they will ever grow out of it, cause I always make up words to songs I don't know, and it seems just fine for me. ;) Love you!

Voice of Reason said...

"My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean" is a traditional Scottish folk song. It has its origin in the history of Charles Edward Stuart, commonly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, the grandson of the deposed Stuart monarch James II. Many Highland Scots supported Bonnie Prince Charlie's attempt to restore the Stuarts to the English throne in 1745-46 by invading Scotland and England.

Dixie said...

Kids are so funny when they add, make up, leave out lyrics of songs, so are adults. ha! I won't name names for sake of ever embarrassing one of the sweetest little girls I know, but she told her mom she wanted to sing the church song "tiki verse." Her mom says I don't know that one sing it for me so she sings, "tiki verse the kingdom of God...."

How sweet and precious are little ones when singing songs!

Holly said...

Happy to see my post gave you something to google, and keep from getting bored while at work. :-)

Whitney said...

Hmm...I thought it was "My BODY lies over the ocean" too....Seriously..I still sing it that way...