The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #85236   Message #1578830
Posted By: Abby Sale
08-Oct-05 - 11:07 AM
Thread Name: Happy! - Oct 7 (Nachman of Bratslav)
Subject: RE: Happy! - Oct 7 (Nachman of Bratslav)
Sha! Shtil! You know, I used to sing that as a lullaby when walking the baby at Hillend (near Edinburgh). It's not one, of course, but that 'Sha! shtil!' seemed so appropriate and it really is a pretty tune.

That's how I learned the baby doesn't much care what the words are as long as the tone is comforting. So I began to practice the muckle ballads at 3 AM. The baby loved them - war, murder, incest, whatever. (Still does, really.)

I boned up on quite a few at that time. And a number of "let's kill the baby" songs from different cultures - Kentucky, S. Africa, Scotland. (The daughter still sings one of them.)

In the database, you'll find Rosalie Sorrels' excellent insights on the matter at the hostile baby-rocking song.