When I was a kid my mom always sang bedtime songs to us. Looking back, I realize that some of them were probably less appropriate than others, and I wonder if that contributes to my love of sad songs today. I know she sang us happy songs, but the sad ones are the ones I really remember and the ones I’d always asked for. Popular bedtime songs of my childhood include:
Imagine, Blowin’ in the Wind, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Bye Baby Bunting, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, One Tin Soldier, Farwell to Tarwathie, Molly Malone (I blame my Gram for that one though) Let it Be, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Sundown, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Scarborough Faire, American Pie, Turn, Turn, Turn, Country Roads, In My Life Jet Plane, I am a Rock and of course, Puff the Magic Dragon. She did make up a fourth verse to this one because my brother Martin sobbed when he was old enough to understand what a sad song it really is.
I’ve kept up the bedtime song tradition with my kids – they choose what they want to hear just like we did. Some of them are the old standbys of my childhood and some are new. They both love Dar Williams’ The One Who Knows and We Learned the Sea. Corwin’s favorites are One Tine Soldier, Where Have All the Flowers Gone and Scarborough Faire. He really likes a lot of Celtic folk and frequently requests I Am Stretched On Your Grave (it’s a beautiful song but depressing as hell) and Counting Crows’ Long December. I promise, he’s really not morose. Killian’s favorite is Molly Malone and Green Day’s Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).
I recently made my sibs and my mom each a two cd set called Mom’s Wildly Inappropriate Lullabies – they loved it. So, did you get bedtime songs as kids? Did/do you sing them to your kids? Which ones?