What songs do/did you sing to your kids at bedtime?

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  • Premier Icon molgrips

    Twinkle twinkle little star
    Daisy, Daisy
    My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
    Someone’s in the kitchen with Dynah
    Sherry Baby by Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons (but with the appropriate name included)
    Eternal Flame by the Bangles

    The trad ones were contributed by Mrs Grips, the last two were mine.


    Hey diddle diddle surely?

    This Little Train

    The Big Ship Sails

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner

    Granddaughter gets a mixture of;

    Big A little a – Crass.
    Work Rest Play Die – The Subhumans.
    Jacques Coustaeu Loves Anchovies – Here & Now.
    Strawberries – Blyth Power.

    All very jolly tunes, I’m sure you’ll agree.

    She’s only four months old so she can’t complain about it yet.



    maisy doats

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    Grand old duke of York

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    I don’t know any of those songs. I thought Hey Diddle Diddle was just a nursery rhyme, no idea there was a tune.

    I may have to try some of them though, none of our songs are working tonight.

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    Prolly not the Crass one then…….

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    These ones the most, but whatever else took my fancy!

    Tightrope and Bye Bye Badman. The Stone Roses.
    Ramble On. Led Zeppelin
    Man Who Sold The World. David Bowie.
    A Change is Gonna Come. Sam Cooke


    Mocking bird.

    Hush little baby don’t say a word
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a mocking bird…

    I have sang that for 5 years now.

    My little Welsh home. Far better singing than that Terfel chap, too, look you!

    Premier Icon molgrips

    I’ve sung the mockingbird song too but I only know the first two or three things so I start making them up. Making up the gifts isn’t that hard, but finding something you can fit both it and its actions into the required number of syllables is. And rhyming is impossible.


    Black Velvet Band and Danny Boy


    Usually a medley of Springsteen, rancid and obscure punk songs from the 90s


    At the moment, Dinosaur Rumble (book with singalong)

    BM, I sing Danny Boy to dd too. 🙂


    BM, I sing Danny Boy to dd too.

    That high bit is a bit tricky!

    Premier Icon darrell

    go to youtube and play

    “upside down” by jack johnson

    my 8 mnth old loves it

    That high bit is a bit tricky!

    You said it. 🙂

    I find starting an octave lower than you think is the only way to get through it without scaring the bejesus out of him with a falsetto.

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    The Equestrian Statue by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band


    Straight Outta Compton by NWA.

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    Anything off ‘o brother where art thou?’

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    No singing here, 3 books (each!) then a lullaby CD goes on, to drown out the noise/sleep-preventing-distraction of the other child’s story-telling.


    ten little men in a flying saucer
    came down to earth one day
    they looked left and right but they didn’t like the sight
    so one man flew away

    nine little men in a flying saucer

    Stavro Jnr. was usually happy with “Bobby McGee” (Kristofferson version). Once made the mistake of singing Danny boy and he went bezzy, his name’s Danny and he thought I was taking the P1ss.


    Jesus doesn’t want me for a sunbeam. The Vaselines

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    You are my sunshine
    10 little monkeys jumping on the bed
    Plus some of the others above

    When we were kids my dad used to sing 2 Little Boys to my brother and I. Fond childhood memories slightly tarnished

    enter sandman. as a lullaby. 🙂

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    For reasons unclear, my eldest (aged 2y11m) insists on Cammell Laird Social Club (and in particular When The Evening Sun Goes Down) being played at bathtime.

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    My son always wanted my out of tune rendition of Bob Marleys Redemption Song and my daughter has been requesting Away in a manger every night for nearly two years now (although we change Jesus’ name to to Geoffrey to remove religious connotations)

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    Hop little bunnies.

    See the bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon
    Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
    They`re so still, are they ill?
    Wake up little bunnies!
    Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
    Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
    Hop little bunnies, hop and……….stop

    This was a ‘time to go up to bed’ song rather than ‘at the bedside’ and it became a bit of a headache actually. Because anyone present, including grandparents, had to lie on the floor and then leap into action as per the song, which then further became refined by the gap between the last hop and stop being of my daughter’s choosing. So sometimes longer than a progrock guitar solo, which was often beyond the hopping capabilities of an arthritic septuagenarian.

    Great days….in hindsight. Don’t wish them away, you’ll miss them when they’re growed up.

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    twinkle twinkle little star, sung in the style of Bruce Dickinson 😀


    It was ” holiday in Cambodia ” but since he started to respond to words twinkle twinkle little star , I do get some of the words wrong we both deliberately sing out of tune and try to make the last r of the last star last for as long as possible.

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    The sirens are screaming in the fires of hell
    and we’re down in the valley tonight
    There’s a man in the shadows with a gun in his eye
    And a blade shining oh so bright
    There’s evil in the air and there’s thunder in the sky
    And a killer’s on the bloodshot streets
    And down in the tunnel where the deadly are rising
    I swear I saw a young boy
    Down in the gutter
    He was starting to foam in the heat ……

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    The wheels on the bus
    Scarborough fair

    To be honest, they are alot better singers than I am. Though my youngest thinks that Louise Armstrong is a monkey (she loves the king of the swingers scene in the jungle book with louise playing louise).


    Go to sleep my baby
    Twinkle twinkle
    What’s going on ( Marvin Gaye’s and Three Non Blonde’s version)
    1 little 2 little 3 little numbers

    My sister used to lull her firstborn to sleep with ICP’s Boogie Woogie Woo
    I’m liking the little lord Geoffrey idea above. We negated the same problem with our kids in time honoured Exeter tradition of telling them that ‘the little lord Jesus woke up and he said – WE HATE ARGYLE’


    Twinkle twinkle little star- every night for the last 4 and bit years!
    In the mornings while making breakfast the current favourite is Beatles “yellow submarine”

    @fruitbat – brilliant choice we sometimes sing jollity farm, and play lots of the other tracks of donut in grannies greenhouse.

    Another favourite to sing is the monty python meaning of life song –

    “Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving and revolving at 900 miles and hour
    its orbiting a 90 miles a second so it’s reckoned, a sun which is the source of all our power”

    (May not be word perfect as the words have been going round my head for many years!)

    Other odd songs we sing are from the album ‘an evening wasted with tom lehrer’, singing poisoning pigeons in the park may not be PC but its v funny. My 10 year old wants to be able to sing the whole of the elements song – he’s a way off acheiving that yet. I suppose I have my dad to that for these as he used to play them to my brother and I, weird old hippy bending out brains!

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    Wheels on the bus
    Bicycle Made for two
    The brass band refrain from Wallace and Gromit “A Grand Day Out”. This:

    But more noisy and out of tune!

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    I still haven’t found what I’m looking for by U2 and Whose That Girl by the Eurythimics.

    Sadly both kids are now teenagers and more musical than me.They can sing most things beautifully. But sadly when they sing these 2 they reproduce all my pitch errors perfectly. Last heard last night while he was trying to figure out how to play it on the guitar

    Enter sandman by Metallica works for our two.

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