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Songs to celebrate a new baby

05 Nov 97 - 08:38 AM (#15780)
Subject: Songs to celebrate a new baby

I'm looking for the lyrics to a couple of songs I remember hearing that have to do with babies. I do not remember the authors or the singers who sang the versions that I heard. I would appreciate any help pointing me toward the lyrics. Here are the titles and in some cases a bit of the lyrics I can remember.

LIttle Potato - " You're my little potato. I dug you up. You came from underground." Flail Away - "Flail away all your days..." Mother's Finer Diner

My wife and I are expecting our first in the next 7-9 weeks. I want especially to be able to sing Little Potato to my little Potato. Feel free to email me directly if you can help. Oh - if you have any other favorite parenting or baby songs, feel free to make suggestions.

05 Nov 97 - 09:20 AM (#15782)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: dani

Funny you should mention potatoes - I always sang James Taylor's "Sweet Potato Pie" to my first little sweet potato. She's "that much hotter than a jalapena" Dani

05 Nov 97 - 10:23 AM (#15792)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Rosebrook


I can still hear my bubby's eastern European accented voice as she sang her little sexist sing-song ditties to me:

My daddy is a butcher, my momma cuts the meat, I'm a little hot dog running down the street.

Oh it ain't gonna rain no more, no more it ain't gonna rain no more how in the heck can I wash my neck if it ain't gonna rain no more, no more?


Fishy, fishy in the brook Daddy catches on a hook Momma fries it in the pan And (enter child's name) eats it like a man!

Which goes to show one thing: You can make up a nonesense song, you can sing a really (seemingly) meaningless song, and XX years later it can still be endeared in that child's heart and ears!

Hooray for singing to babies!!

05 Nov 97 - 03:06 PM (#15816)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: S.P. Buck Mulligan

for songs about babies, see John Denver's "For Bobbie" - Mary Travers knocks me out with it, but I'm awfully old & sentimental.

my kids always loved to hear Tom Paxton's "Marvelous Toy" - I suspect because of the "Zip, bop, whir-r-r-r" stuff. Also Loggin's "House at Pooh Corner"; there's a song-tale Pete Seeger used to do about a giant called "Abba YoYo" that has a nifty nonsense chorus that kids can wrap themselves around when they're very young. Sooner or later I suppose you'll have to deal with "Puff" but there's no need to rush it....Shel Siverstein is a treasure trove of stuff kids like, but maybe not 'til they're a little older (my 9 year old has just discovered "Light in the Attic" and is bowled over by it)

05 Nov 97 - 04:45 PM (#15825)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Will

I think pretty much any song will do. My kids have suffered through everything from "Michael" to "There's a hole in daddy's arm" as bedtime singing without complaining too much. I can still remember the joy of singing to a new baby, and still feel it when I sing with/at pre-teens.

05 Nov 97 - 04:48 PM (#15826)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: LaMarca

Yankie, I think "Little Potato" was written by Pete Sutherland, and is on one of his recordings with Malcolm Dalgleish and Grey Larson (the trio sometimes went by the name Metamora, but I have a vague memory the song is on an album by just Dalgleish and Larson). I'll see if I have it at home, and post the lyrics if I do.

Another fun song to sing is "The Baby Tree"; it's a traditional song, but my only recording of it is on Paul Kantner's (of Jefferson Airplane fame) "Blows Against the Empire". I'm surprised it's not in the DT; I'll try to add it, too.

Finally, you'll be needing a supply of what Raosalie Sorrels calls "hostile Baby-rocking songs"; the songs you sing when you're aching with lack of sleep and frustration describing all the horrible things you'd LIKE to do to the kid (but won't, 'cause you're taking out your hostility by singing the song). For example,

This is the day we give babies away
With a half a pound of tea
If you know any ladies who want any babies
Just send them all to me.

Good luck and much joy to all three of you!

05 Nov 97 - 07:36 PM (#15843)
From: Barry

Rock the cradle Lucy, rock the cradle long Rock the cradle Lucy & keep the baby warm

Rock the cradle Lucy, rock the cradle by Rock the cradle Lucy, don't let the baby cry

Don't know the name of the tune, it's somewhat similar to Soilder's Joy. Barry

05 Nov 97 - 08:40 PM (#15846)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: S.P. Buck Mulligan

Aw geez, Will, you didin't really sing "Sam Stone" to your kids, didja? Nobody loves Prine more than I do, but I really try to keep SOME of his best stuff for myself, rather than explain about "Illegal Smile" and "Mexican Home." But at least I can explain those - "Sam Stone" and "Six O'Cliock News" I don't think I can.

05 Nov 97 - 08:51 PM (#15847)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Will

Their mother isn't too sure, either. But every time my son hears it on the radio, he says "You sing that song!" Frankly, its no harder to explain than the news.

06 Nov 97 - 12:21 AM (#15864)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: rich r

LaMarca is right about Little Potato. It is on what I believe to be the first album by Metamora. I think it also was re-released sort of a couple years ago on a CD called "Keepers" put out as a fund raising premium by Minnesota Public Radio. I have also heard a choral version of the song. I think it was by the Concordia College Choir (or some other Luthern school).

A great little song not yet mentioned is Tom Paxton's "Hey little brand new baby".

rich r

06 Nov 97 - 08:57 AM (#15887)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Bert

I remember my Dad singing one years ago. I don't remember all the words (I'll have to ask him) it goes something like...

Somebody's coming to our house, Somebody's coming to stay
Fathers so happy he's jumping with joy
All he keep saying 'he hopes it's a boy
and you'll see where poor me gets no milk in my tea
when that cute little stranger arrives

Bert. - sorry I can't remember the middle part.

06 Nov 97 - 11:28 AM (#15894)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Bill D

when babies are very young, it is often the tune and the 'timbre' that sooth them...when my son was little,I used to use 'Bheir Me O' because I could make up new words on the spot, or just hum the tune in a low 'chest melody' which even soothed ME! (if you don't know it, it's in the the tune and then lower it a couple of keys when you hum it..)

06 Nov 97 - 06:02 PM (#15906)
Subject: Lyr Add: SUO GÂN^^
From: Helen

Here is a Welsh lullaby called Suo Gan. I found the words on a Welsh site:

The other one worth looking at is Ar Hyd Y Nos/All Through the Night. I'm trying to look up the database but my system is being reluctant.


Suo Gân.

>Huna blentyn ar fy mynwes
Clyd a chynnes ydyw hon;

Breichiau mam sy'n dynn amdanat,
Cariad mam sy dan fy mron.
Ni cha' dim amharu'th gyntun,
Ni wna undyn â thi gam,
Huna'n dawel annwyl blentyn,
Huna'n fwyn ar fron dy fam.

Huna'n dawel heno, huna
Huna'n fwyn y tlws ei lun;
Pam yr wyt yn awr yn gwenu
Gwenu'n dirion yn dy hun?
Ai angylion fry sy'n gwenu
Arnat ti yn gwenu'n llon,
Tithau'n gwenu'n ôl dan huno,
Huno'n dawel, ar fy mron?

Paid ag ofni, dim ond deilen
Gura, gura ar y ddôr,
Paid ag ofni, ton fach unig
Sua, sua ar lan y môr,
Huna blentyn, nid oes yma
Ddim i roddi iti fraw;
Gwena'n dawel yn fy mynwes
Ar yr engyl gwynion draw.


Sleep my baby in my bosom,
Warm and cosy may you rest,
Mother's arms are round you tightly,
Mother's love is in my breast
Not a thing shall mar your resting,
Nor a person do you harm,
Be at rest, my darling baby,
Sleep my baby, on your mam.

Sleep in peace tonight, my beauty
Sweetly sleep, my work of art;
Why have you just started smiling,
Smiling gently in your heart?
Could it be some angels smiling
Down on you, in smiling rest,
With you smiling back and sleeping,
Slumb'ring sweetly on my breast?

Fret you not, tis but an oak leaf
Beating, beating at the door.
Fret you not, a lonely wavelet's
Murm'ring, murm'ring on the shore,
Sleep my child, here there is nothing,
Nothing that can frighten you;
Smile in peace upon my bosom
On the distant angels true.

cyfieithiad/translation DPJ

HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone, 26-Jul-01.

06 Nov 97 - 06:20 PM (#15908)
Subject: Lyr Add: ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT^^^
From: Helen

(Got there, at last, after a complete system shutdown and scandisk session.)

When I worked in a library a few years back someone rang and asked for some poetry or words to say for a non-Christian, non-conventional, probably pagan baby-blessing. These are the two songs I thought of immediately: Suo Gan & All Through the Night.

Just a note, though, about this one: I don't remeber the bit about the lover in the version I had, but it may have been sanitised out of the book I had. This version seems to be about the critical points in life: birth, marriage and death.



Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee All through the night Guardian angels God will send thee All through the night Soft the drowsy hours are creeping Hill and dale in slumber sleeping I my loving vigil keeping All through the night

While the moon her watch is keeping All through the night While the weary world is sleeping All through the night O'er thy spirit gently stealing Visions of delight revealing Breathes a pure and holy feeling All through the night Though I roam a minstrel lonely All through the night My true harp shall praise sing only All through the night Love's young dream, alas, is over Yet my strains of love shall hover Near the presence of my lover All through the night

Hark, a solemn bell is ringing Clear through the night Thou, my love, art heavenward winging Home through the night Earthly dust from off thee shaken Soul immortal shalt thou awaken With thy last dim journey taken Home through the night

@lullaby @music filename[ THRUNITE SF

07 Nov 97 - 01:49 PM (#15954)
Subject: Lyr Add: SWEET POTATOES^^
From: judy

A long time ago I found a record in the library called "You can sing it yourself Vol.2" with Robin Christenson (Folkways FC 7625) that had a terrific song called "Sweet Potatoes". I then found it again in a book called "Twice 55 Community Songs" listed as a Creole lullaby. The chorus can be sung separately or as a round with the verse:

Chorus: Roo, roo roo roo, roo roo, sing hoaky dinkum
Roo, roo roo roo, roo roo, roo roo

Verse I
Soon as mammy's cooked sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes
Soon as mammy's cooked sweet potatoes, we eat 'em right straight up.

Sorry I can't put the tune in here. Roo, roo doesn't do it without the music. You can see how this is an add-your-own-lyrics-until-the-baby-or-you-are-asleep song.


08 Nov 97 - 02:03 AM (#15985)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Pauline Lerner

I ahve two to suggest. 1. "Welcome to the World" was written by Si Kahn specifically for a new baby. It's on the recording "Sign of the times' by MCcutcheon and Kahn. Part of it is May you grow up big and strong May your life be rich and long May your nights be filled with song Welcome to the world. I really love this one. It's a beautiful blessing. 2. "Castle of Dromore" (also called "October Winds") (Irish trad)

The last verse is

Take time to thrive, my ray of hope, in the garden of Dromore Take heed, young eaglet, 'til thy wings are feathered fit to soar A little rest and then the world is full of work to do


Sing hush-a-by loo, la loo, la lan Sing hush-a-by-loo la lan

09 Nov 97 - 08:02 PM (#16021)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Jack (who is calle jack)

My song for my son was James Taylor's "Close Your Eyes".

I also like John McCutcheon's "Calling all the children home" although its not a baby song per se.

16 Nov 97 - 01:10 PM (#16263)
From: rich r

When my son Nicholas was baptized in 1982, I rewrote the first verse and changed the "Merry Christmas" line of a Christmas song by John Denver. The original words and tune for "A Baby Just like You" appear on Denver's Rocky Mountain Christmas album.

(music by J Denver, lyrics by J Denver, new lyrics by R L Roehrdanz)

From the coasts of morning pale,
We've seen by early sun;
Come safe to port thy tiny sail,
A wondrous life begun.
Your parents love has brought you here,
Their love is yours to keep.
It fills your days with happiness,
And guards you while you sleep.

O little angel shining light,
You've set our hearts to dreaming.
You've given us a joy in life
And filled us with new meaning.

A savior king was born one day,
A baby just like you.
And as the Magi came with gifts,
We've come with our gifts too.
That peace on earth fills up your time,
That brotherhood surrounds you;
That you may know the warmth of love
And wrap it all around you.

It's just a wish, a dream I'm told
From days when I was young.
May God bless little Nicholas,
May God bless you every one.
God bless and keep you Nicholas,
God bless you every one.

rich r

16 Nov 97 - 02:01 PM (#16266)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Alice

yankei, there is another recent thread on the forum about lullaby songs. You can search there for more. Alice in Montana

17 Nov 97 - 07:19 PM (#16314)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Nonie Rider

How about "All the pretty little horses"?

I grew up on "Mammy's Little Baby Loves Shortnin' Bread" (AKA "Strut, Miss Suzy") and the multi-named song about the three little fitties in the itty-bitty poo which has been recently discussed here, in addition to all the usual lullabies.

04 May 10 - 09:52 PM (#2900245)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: GUEST,eugenia

anyone know the words to Tom Paxton's "hey, little brand new baby, Your daddy thinks you're kinda nice..."

05 May 10 - 12:47 AM (#2900310)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: Nancy King

I've always liked Sally Rogers' "Circle of the Sun" as a celebration or welcome to a new baby.

As for lullabies, we've had lots of threads on that subject. I always found "Kumbaya" to be very effective.

05 May 10 - 01:12 AM (#2900318)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: open mike

i thought this thread might be from olddude...the real old dude who is
gonna be a grandpa

we have a mudcat lullabye album or kids songs album called blue bottle
there might be more info on the drop down menu above "quick links" if there are any more avaialbe

05 May 10 - 09:53 AM (#2900530)
Subject: RE: Songs to celebrate a new baby
From: maeve

Blue Bottle Special link, here.