Lullabies are supposed to be sweet…

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So, as a mom, I sing LOTS and LOTS of lullabies + kids songs. When Knox gets fussy or upset in the car, sometimes he’ll quiet down to the good ole tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” 

As I attempted to expand my vocal options, I realized that some of the most well-known lullabies are actually quite awful. “You Are My Sunshine” is horribly depressing, especially the verses no one really knows. The first verse of “Rock-a-bye Baby” is incredibly morbid…but at least the other two verses are sweet.

Ok, so maybe there’s only two that I dislike, but onto my point of this post…I REWROTE THEM!! Ok, I only rewrote You Are My Sunshine. The rewrite to Rock-a-bye Baby I heard on a lullaby iTunes radio station. 

Anyway, in case you’re a mom, or you’re planning on becoming a mom, I decided to share the re-writes with you. Take them or leave them, or write your own lyrics and share them! No matter what my voice sounds like, I really do love singing to my sweet boy. 

Original Lyrics: 

You are my sunshine,

My only sunshine.

You make me happy when skies are gray. 

You’ll never know dear how much I love you,

Please don’t take my sunshine away. 

 

The other night, dear,

As I lay sleeping,

I dreamt I held you in my arms,

When I awoke dear, I was mistaken,

So I hung my head and I cried.

 

You are my sunshine,

My only sunshine.

You make me happy when skies are gray. 

You’ll never know dear how much I love you,

Please don’t take my sunshine away. 

 

I’ll always love you,

And make you happy,

If you will only say the same.

But if you leave me, to love another,

You’ll regret it all one day. (Manipulative much?!)

 

My version: 

You are my sunshine,

My only sunshine.

You make me happy when skies are gray. 

You’ll never know dear how much I love you,

More and more with each passing day. (Ok, I didn’t write that part…I saw it on Facebook. But he rest I wrote myself, I promise!)

 

The other night, dear,

As I lay sleeping,

I dreamt I held you in my arms,

When I awoke dear, I came and found you,

And my dreams, they did, come true.

 

You are my sunshine,

My only sunshine.

You make me happy when skies are gray. 

You’ll never know dear how much I love you,

More and more with each passing day.

 

I’ll always love you,

And make you happy,

That’s what mommies are meant to do,

You’re my son, my precious, little boy,

And I’ve loved you since day one. (See? Happy, loving and not manipulative at all!)

And now for Rock-A-Bye Baby…the original: 

Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree tops,

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,

When the bow breaks, the cradle will fall,

And down will come baby, cradle and all. (Um, I’m guessing not many babies can survive a fall from a tree…)

And for the re-write that I can’t take credit for: (And the other verses that are sweet and not morbid at all.)

Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree tops,

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,

When the bow breaks, the cradle will fall,

But I’ll catch you baby, cradle and all. (Then I might die, continuing the morbidity, but at least baby will be ok…)

 

Rock-a-bye baby, gently you swing,

Over the cradle, Mother will sing,

Sweet is the lullaby over your nest,

That tenderly sings my baby to rest.

 

From the high rooftops, down to the sea,

No one’s as dear as baby to me,

Wee little hands, eyes shiny and bright,

Now sound asleep until morning light.

 

Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree tops,

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,

When the bow breaks, the cradle will fall,

But I’ll catch you baby, cradle and all.

One of my other favorite rewrites (which is more like an additional verse than a rewrite) is to the tune of Jesus Loves Me…I’ll share it as a bonus, because I love Jesus Loves Me, and I love this version too :)

Jesus loves me this I know,

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong,

They are weak, but He is strong.

 

Yes, Jesus loves me,

Yes, Jesus loves me,

Yes, Jesus loves me,

The Bible tells me so.

 

Mommy loves you, yes I do,

Who else loves you, Daddy too.

Smiles, giggles, full of joy,

You’re our little Knoxie boy. (You’ll probably have to change the name…unless you have a son named Knox, in which case-super cool!)

 

Knox, we love you,

Knox, we love you,

Knox, we love you,

And don’t forget, Stella too. (The dog…gotta include her too obvs.)

There ya go! Some songs for your repertoire. Some of my other faves are “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Hush Little Baby,” “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” “My God is So Big,” “The Wheels on the Bus,” “Skidamarinke-dink-a-dink,” (however the heck you spell that) “Ten in the Bed,” “This Old Man,” and “Splish Splash” for bathtime!

What are some of your favorite lullabies or kids songs to sing to your kids, or that you were sung growing up?

xoxo jenn