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Friday, August 26, 2005

The Lydster Part 17 This Song's for You

Because I have an interest in music, it is inevitable that I would use it to entertain and soothe the child.

When she was a few months old, people lied to us that she'd sleep if we drove her around in the car. Even when she finally did sleep, it would never be more than an hour, then she'd wail. In defense, I'd sing "Old McDonald", with a wild range of animals (bear, elephant, fox); stopping to catch my breath would mean more crying. That was her favorite, along with a variant on BINGO: "There was a family, had a girl, and Lydia was her name. Oh, L-Y-D-I-A..."

A lot of it was whatever came came to mind at the moment: Here Comes Lydia (Right Down Lydia Lane); Lydia, You Are My Favorite Daughter (think Herman's Hermits), and many more.

But two seemed to last. Particularly when I was with Lydia, and Lydia wanted to nurse, thee was this version of Eli's Coming (probably the Three Dog Night version of the Laura Nyro song):

Mommy's coming, hold your horses (X2)
Girl, Mommy's a-comin', you better wait (X3)
Girl, Mommy's coming. Hold your horses
Better, better wait your turn
Mommy's coming, and she'll feed you
And she'll nmake you real strong
and she'll give you good nutrition
She'll give you just what you need
Every single da-ay

But my favorite
I love Lydia (X2),
'cause she is my daughter, oh yeah,
'cause she is my daughter.

But what was the TUNE? Actually, in the very beginning, I could not remember. Then I figured it out. It was a tune that got all the way up to #66 on the Billboard charts in 1983. I must have picked up from a compilation, because I certainly own no albums by Toto Coelo. (In fact, I had to look up the group name AGAIN.)

Those of you up on obscure '80s bands have probably figured out the song:
I eat cannibals. Oy. Well, the tune STILL works.

So, Lydia, my tuneful daughter, happy 17 months. I love how you dance when the stereo's on. But STOP MESSING WITH THE DIALS!


Anonymous said...

Well, I didn't have nearly as big a repertoire as you, but I know I did sing "Julie was her name-o". Our favorite tune, though, was to the Nestle's commercial song: J-U-L-I-E, Julie. Julie is the best bay bee.

Your "Mommy's Coming" song is great. You should do an album!

tomthedog said...

The driving in a car sure works for my little niece Colleen. I can remember once driving back from the mall with my sister and Colleen, and Colleen of course instantly started to fall asleep. But it was the middle of the day, and if she fell asleep in the car, and we woke her up when we got her home, she wouldn't go down for her regularly-scheduled nap, and her whole sleep schedule would be off for the day. So the whole drive home, I had to keep her awake. "Colleen. Colleen? COLLEEN!! HI COLLEEN!! YOU'RE SO CUTE COLLEEN!! HERE'S YOUR FAVORITE TOY COLLEEN!! DON'T FALL ASLEEP FOR ANOTHER TWO MILES, OKAY COLLEEN??"

Roger Owen Green said...

Today's song: "it's diaper-changin'' time" to the tune of "finger poppin' time" If you don't know that tune, think "The twist" with a slightly slower, more stroll-like beat.

Anonymous said...

well for 2008 in union park middle school in orlando,they remodling the lunch room and the locker rooms,the bad thing is that we dont have lockers in till high school, but we do have lockers for changing at PE time, we do have seven class and we need to pass four of them, we also have four min to get to them.