I’ve been experimenting with things to do for Katelyn’s bedtime routine. We’ve got the bath thing figured out but I’m trying to find my comfort zone with other things like reading and singing. I mean really–it takes a while to get comfortable talking to someone who doesn’t respond to you…in a high pitched voice…repeating every phrase two or three times. But anyway, a while ago I started humming to Katelyn to get her to sleep and often it worked like a charm. When it’s happy time she loves doing songs with hand motions, especially Five Little Ducks (though she still startles at every clap). But humming the same two or three songs started to get old for me since I can’t even put words to the songs. I don’t know them. So a soothing session would often go like this:
Oh Danny Boy, hm, hmm, hm, hm, hm, hmm, hm, hmmmm…
Yeah, not so much. So I started to think of other songs. One of which was
Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly,
daa, daaa daa, da da da da, why, oh then why can’t I?
So I stuck to songs I knew. Thanks to our cowboy family reunion, I was pretty confident about You Are My Sunshine. But after singing the first verse and the chorus over and over again, I thought there’s gotta be more to it. And there is. So here is the entire song brought to you by Google. (I took out the chorus in between the verses for your convenience. You’re welcome.)
The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
But when I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried.
I’ll always love you and make you happy,
If you will only say the same.
But if you leave me and love another,
You’ll regret it all some day:
You told me once, dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But not you’ve left me and love another;
You have shattered all of my dreams:
In all my dreams, dear, you seem to leave me
When I awake my poor heart pains.
So when you come back and make me happy
I’ll forgive you dear, I’ll take all the blame.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away
Uh yeah…now I know why everyone only sings the first verse. Anyone else disturbed by the words for this “lullaby”?