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what lullabies do you sing?

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HelenHen Mon 17-Feb-14 14:10:00

I'm Irish living in England and, unfortunately, the only songs I know that sound remotely like a lullaby are Irish rebel songs! It's fine at the mo cos he doesn't understand them but I wanna get out of the habit before he starts asking questions! Problem is, when I sing other stuff he doesn't like it and starts whinging. He's completely fascinated by the fields of athenry and if I sing anything less than all three verses and choruses he whinges! He just goes into a trance with them! I need to have a few other back up songs in my head grin

Sorry, I know this is an odd one lol.

MrsOakenshield Mon 17-Feb-14 14:15:59

I wouldn't worry about in, my Scottish mum used to sing us folk songs which were all about wronged maidens dying left, right and centre - we still loved them!

I have this CD which is lovely and I sing songs from it (rather less tunefully!).

make the most of it, these days I only have to open my mouth and DD (aged 4) says 'today's not a singing day Mummy!'!

HelenHen Mon 17-Feb-14 14:27:36

Lol that's a good point! It's just most of the songs are about how bad the English were and, well, he was born in England and could end up living here for life! I will definitely teach him about his heritage and culture and history but when he's able to understand. I dunno, maybe I'm overthinking it slightly! I'd like to sing more kinda poppy ones but the only one I ever think of is stand by me... Then he whinges til I sing fields of athenry lol. Christmas was great cos I could sing all the silent nights and away in a manger and stuff like that. Maybe I should just keep singing them!

notso Mon 17-Feb-14 14:31:01

That made me laugh MrsOakenshield!

I sing mocking bird but otherwise I just kind of hmm. I am a terrible singer.

notso Mon 17-Feb-14 14:32:46

Oh that reminds me, I sometimes sing hymns from school, mostly harvest ones because I always liked them best.

JassyRadlett Mon 17-Feb-14 14:34:17

Mine gets lots of Australian folk songs - I guess because that's what I had from my parents.

That and strong requests for Wheels on the Bus. When he was littler I did a lot of Christmas carols. In July....

Middleagedmotheroftwo Mon 17-Feb-14 14:35:43

Bye bye my baby
Go to sleepy
You shall have milky
When the cows come home


Go to sleep my baby
Close your pretty eyes
Angels up above you
Looking through the clear blue skies
Great big moon is shining
Stars begin to glow
It's time for litle picaninnies
To go to sleep

(not really a lullaby)

Early in the morning
When the day is dawning
See the little engines all in a row
See the little driver
Pull the little leaver
Puff puff puff and away we go



My dad used to sing "All I want is a room somewhere" and "A your adorable, B you're so beautiful" too.

LunchLadyWannabe Mon 17-Feb-14 14:39:54

I sing

Row, row, row your boat

Incy wincy spider

Wind the bobbin up

adagio Mon 17-Feb-14 14:49:21

ooooo loads!

Bye baby bunting
All the pretty horses
2 different versions of brahms lullaby
sleep baby sleep
I see the moon
twinkle twinkle
rock a by baby

Then for more awake times we have action songs like scarecrow, tiny tim the turtle, head shoulders knees and toes, wise man built his house on the sand, oats peas beans and barley, clippety clop, wind the bobbin up. I am sure there are others.

If you can remember one line then google it and you tube generally pops up with the full version plus karaoke style lyrics to follow, thats how I have managed/relearnt (as until I had the baby I didn't ned to remember).

scepticalexpat Mon 17-Feb-14 14:50:44

Morningtown Ride, Summertime, Brahms' lullaby.

If you need inspiration I recommend the book Rise Up Singing - great mix of pop, folk, songs from musicals, hymns...

mistlethrush Mon 17-Feb-14 14:53:11

When he was little Rockabye baby

Now (he's 8!) - he tends to get any combination of two out of four songs - I had a little nuttree, Heckety peckety my black hen, ging gang goolie or I went to the animal fair. Then christmas carols and songs in December.

MummyBeerest Mon 17-Feb-14 14:55:33

Toora Loora Loora is a great one smile

Mishmashfamily Mon 17-Feb-14 14:57:13

My dd loves

When all the cows are sleeping
And the sheep have gone to bed
Up jumped a scarecrow and this is what he said
"Am I jingle jangle scarecrow,
With my flippy floppy hat!
I can shake my arms like this
I can shake my arms like that!"

Slower of faster depending what mood she is in.


Good night dd, ( in a sing song voice)
Goodnight mummy
Good night doggy
It's time to go to bed,
(Start again)
Goodnight tv
Goodnight stairs
Goodnight teddy
It's time to go to bed!

Goodnight everything ect it's her cue she is going bed! grin

salvadory Mon 17-Feb-14 14:58:41

Frere jacques (I googled the words) and Brahms lullaby (with my own words along the lines of lullaby and goodnight you are my little baby- (think they'll be miffed when they grow up and realise it's all wrong!!)

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 17-Feb-14 16:48:20

Don't worry OP, my Dh used too dying the theme song g to The Sopranoshmm grin

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 17-Feb-14 16:48:49

Used to sing

Bloody phone!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 17-Feb-14 16:50:30

Middle-my mum used to song me that, it was Yeats before I realised it was offensiveshock grin

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 17-Feb-14 16:50:46


Middleagedmotheroftwo Mon 17-Feb-14 19:35:35

Which one? Do you mean the bit about picanninies?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 17-Feb-14 19:39:02


Mrswellyboot Mon 17-Feb-14 19:43:43

Not really lullabies but i sing to my baby a lot

Love incy wincy
Head, shoulders knees and toes
Hop little bunnies - he loves this as I bounce him on my knee
Wheels on the bus

Neeko Mon 17-Feb-14 19:43:55

'You are my sunshine' because that's what my granny always sang to me smile

Felix90 Mon 17-Feb-14 19:45:42

My dd is only 8 weeks old and I don't know any nursery rhymes except twinkle twinkle little star! I just sing her Motown and 70's disco classics instead grin

Weegiemum Mon 17-Feb-14 19:48:16

My dc are much bigger (youngest is now 10) but I still sing -

Pretty Little Horses
Hush Little Baby
You are my Sunshine
Puff the Magic Dragon (makes me cry!!)

Weegiemum Mon 17-Feb-14 19:49:40

Oh yes!! And Morningtown Ride!!

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