humor, motherhood, parenting

On lullabies that work

Me: What are you doing?
K: Singing a lullaby.
Me: That’s not a lullaby! Its the Bohemian Raphosdy!!
K: I don’t know any lullabies.
Me: Not even Rock-a-bye-baby?
K: That’s lame. Besides, look:

“Maybe if I pretend to sleep, they’ll stop singing.”

Hush Little Baby? Wah. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Scream. Bohemian Raphsody? We go from anger to cooing, and crying to sleeping in two seconds flat.

I found it a bit off-putting at first to sing “Mama- I just killed a man- put a gun against his head- pulled the trigger now he’s dead. . .” but really, if you think about it, is it any less disturbing then “Rock a bye baby on the tree top when the wind blows the cradle will rock when the bough breaks the cradle will fall and down will come baby cradle and all?” Seriously? Sounds like a lullaby written by a mother suffering through some severe postpartum depression if you ask me. Besides, the guy in Bohemian Raphsody is quite bummed about having killed someone. So its a tale of caution not encouragement. So, all things being equal, namely, it works! I’d say its not a bad lullaby at all. [And in fairness we don’t sing the gun part that much after the ‘Oh‘ incident]

11 thoughts on “On lullabies that work”

  1. Bwahaha! I LOVE it! That's so funny! And OMG, Waleed is so adorable! I just want to give him big, squishy hugs!
    When my nephew would cry in the car, we'd try EVERYTHING. Finally, we found the songs that would always calm him down were “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Shook Me All Night Long” by ACDC. We're just hoping for no long term psychological trauma …


  2. waleed is SOOOO cute! and i think bohemian rhapsody is a great choice for a lullaby, it's more about the sound of your voice than the words, plus freddie mercury was a freaking genius so you're teaching waleed to have good taste in music!!! maybe you should try florence and the machine…


  3. Thanks Kate! LOL yes this is true- we are teaching good music taste- Florence and the Machine played on SNL last Saturday and it was the frist I'd heard of them- I love it!!


  4. I've been known to do the same thing, and yes, I also remember thinking our lullabies are a bit sordid sometimes too! Too cute that for anything else he cries, but for Bohemian Rhapsody he sleeps. Happy ICLW!


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