Monday, January 9, 2012

Children's Songs Revisited

I've ranted about the bizarre words of children's songs and nursery rhymes before, but it's time to revisit this topic.

It's raining cats and dogs outside, so when Brooklyn woke up today we went outside and stood on the porch to watch the rain. I said, "What are some songs we know about the rain?"

The itsby bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

She loves this song, but today it reminded me of cockroaches and the nuclear holocaust. Morbid? Yeah, but really, if it's raining enough to make a lake outside of our apartment, I really hope the spiders don't survive and continue to climb the water spout, or any other part of the building for that matter. I thought only roaches can live through natural traumatic events like this.

Then there was this one:

It's raining, it's pouring
The old man is snoring.
He bumped his head when he went to bed
And couldn't get up in the morning.

Umm... he's probably in a coma. Sounds like he hit his head hard enough to give himself a concussion, so if it's not a coma, then the reason he can't get up in the morning is that he's dead. I don't really want to sing songs that imply death comes after it rains.

And while we're still on rain songs, does anyone know the rest of the words to:

Rain, rain, go away
Come again another day

Is that it? Pretty lame excuse for a kid's song if you ask me.

But as usual, no one asked me.

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