Really? Because I'm not ok with that.

So I got to spend time with my niece this last week.
She's a singer. She's two-years-old and in her repertoire you can expect the following:
  • Row, row, row your boat.
  • Twinke, TWANKLE little star. (She lives in the south.)
  • The ABC song
  • The Itsy-bitsy spider AND
  • Rock-a-bye-baby
Let's talk about Rock-a-bye-baby. Do you know the lyrics?

Here they are:

Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

Um. That's creepy.

A.) Who puts a baby in a TREE?
B.) Who puts a baby in a CRADLE in a TREE?
C.) Who puts a BABY in a CRADLE in a TREE in INCLEMENT weather?
D.) Who puts a BABY in a CRADLE in a TREE in INCLEMENT weather and lets the baby FALL?

This song is a mess.

How it soothes children, I'll never know...


  1. LOL! We sing this to my daughter as a game...bounce her on our knee until the song says "fall" and then we drop our legs a little. We started around 8 months and she still laughs every single time (13 months).

  2. HA! It is totally a messed up little lullaby!!

    This was a long conversation/rant T. and I had a few years ago. We also brought up how so many of the original children's fairy tales were down right scary!! I guess the method is to frighten children to sleep. Go to sleep or you will fall from a tree, be baked in an oven by an old witch, or eaten by a big bad wolf!!!

  3. only you. I think once you start reading fairy tales as a your will realize most stuff written for kids is terrifying. Witches eating little boys, men stealing little girls, some scary stuff involving animals, evil or non-present parents/steps.

    Makes you really wonder if the world has changed or if its just the manner in which the message is passed. Then again....listen to some of the wonderful song lyrics of today. Nothing better than having Clo sing "I Kissed a Girl" for a school project, or even my 10 yr. old baby sister singing "Do Me Baby" ; )

  4. and then there's this: "Ring around the Rosy" is about the Bubonic Plague (ashes, ashes is about cremated bodies) - how's that for gruesome? And, in the original Cinderella, the step sisters cut off their feet in order to make the glass slipper fit. Good thing Walt Disney changed that part! :)

    ah, nursery rhymes!

  5. The girls had learned "Three Blind Mice" awhile back and I had to make them stop singing it because the part "cut off their tales with a carving knife" grossed me out too much - ewwwwwww! I got horrible visuals every time I heard it.

  6. You weren't on that plane in MX that was hijacked, were you?!?!

  7. "Twinkle, TWANKLE" is who-larious!

    I would love to see a video of her singing that.

  8. The Spanish version is spooky too!!

    Duermete niño, duermete Ya, que viene el coco y te comera.

    Translation - Fall asleep child, fall asleep NOW, or the bogeyman will come and will eat you!


    Who comes up with those lyrics??

  9. For sure... what this written by the Brothers Grimm?

  10. no kidding...I just saw this on DORA today and I was thinking the same thing. Who puts a baby in a tree?


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