The Words My Mama Taught Me and The Songs My Grandma Sang

Music is an outstanding gift of God and next to theology … I would not give up my slight knowledge of music for a great consideration … and youth should be taught this art … for it makes fine skillful people … I would certainly like to praise music with all my heart as the excellent gift of God which it is and to commend it to everyone.

— Martin Luther

I woke up this morning to the music in my memory:

My mommy told me something
A little girl should know
It’s all about the devil and I’ve learned to hate him so
He’ll only give you trouble if you let him in the room
He will never, ever leave you if your heart is filled with gloom, so:

Let the sun shine in
Face it with a grin
Smilers never lose
And frowners never win

So let the sun shine in
Face it with a grin
Open up your heart and let the sun shine in


Does anybody else know this to be the first verse to Rock-a-bye Baby? —


Rock a bye baby, your cradle is green
Daddy’s a nobleman, Mommy’s a queen
Sister’s a young lady who wears a gold ring
And Johnny’s a drummer who drums for the king

Rock a bye baby
In the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

In adulthood, I heard that some think that cradle falls and crashes to the ground, injuring or killing the baby … but by the time I heard that interpretation it was too late to stick that ugly picture in my memory because I already saw it floating gently to the softest of landings on the notes my grandma sang to me as she rocked me in her arms.

Remember to sing to your children

Have a joyful day, my friends!

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2 Responses to The Words My Mama Taught Me and The Songs My Grandma Sang

  1. Mama Bear says:

    Wow.. I did NOT know.. that first verse to Rock a bye baby!..

  2. Mel Weinerth says:

    Music is one of my greatest loves remember singing in the church choir an love to listen to a lot of different music as I work around the house did just that this morning as I cleaned my kitchen.

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