I didn’t spend much time around babies and kids in my younger years. I never babysat (well, I did once and it ended with me on the couch sobbing because I had NO idea what I was doing) and most of my friends were only children or the youngest of their brothers and sisters. So when I finally had my own babies I didn’t have a taste for children’s music and I most certainly didn’t know the words.
So I made them up.
Part of me has always lived in fear that my oldest would sing our family version of ‘Patty Cake’ in a crowd only to realize we’ve been lying to her for YEARS on what the proper words are. In fact we even have a book with ‘Patty Cake’ in it and she looked at me and said “Why did the book write the song wrong?” Subtle brainwashing, one children’s song at a time.
Patty cake patty cake baker’s man!
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it and smash it and PACK IT WITH CHEESE! (This part is always shouted)
Put it in the oven for Vivi and meeeee!
Another family classic is ‘Hush Little Baby’, I can remember my mom singing this one to me when I was little and I kind of wonder if she didn’t make up the words as well.
Hush little baby don’t say a word, mama’s gonna buy you an angry bird.
If that angry bird won’t fly, mama’s gonna buy you a cherry pie.
If that cherry pie gets eaten, mama’s gonna buy you an egg that’s beaten.
If that beaten egg falls down, mama’s gonna buy you goat that frowns.
If that goat that frowns gets gruff, mama’s gonna be done buying you stuff.
Obviously I don’t have much of a career in children’s songwriting.
Do you have any made up lyrics to classic songs? (If so, please tell me it’s because you couldn’t remember the real ones.)