The words my mama taught me and the songs my grandma sang

This is Your Brain on Music

This is Your Brain on Music (Photo credit: brewbooks)


“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 this 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.

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

Here’s another one:  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.

Rock-a-bye Baby!! (2)

Rock-a-bye Baby!! (2) (Photo credit: Jeanette’s Ozpix)

In adulthood, I heard that some think the cradle in that lullaby falls and crashes to the ground, injuring or killing the baby … but by the time I grew up and 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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One Response to The words my mama taught me and the songs my grandma sang

  1. mixedupmeme says:

    I had never seen that first verse. So many of these old songs/mother goose rhymes etc we just grow up with and never think about the words.

    I am not around young kids anymore…..have no grandchildren. I wonder if kids still learn nursery rhymes.

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