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My mom used to sing this to me:

I'm a nut, so soft and round

Laying on the cold, hard ground

Everybody steps on me,

That is why I'm cracked you see...

(I'm a nut, I'm a nut, etc)

Took myself to the picture show

Sat right down on the very first row.

Got so fresh, slapped my face, 

Put my arms around my waist.

(I'm a nut, I'm a nut, etc) 

 

She also sang 'A bicycle built for two' to me and 'Goodnight Irene, Goodnight' at bedtime.  She still will text me 'Goodnight Irene' on random nights when she's going to bed.  

So last night I was thinking about the nut song and thinking about what I used to sing Ds when he was little.   I sang 'Heartland' by George Strait to him.  I'm guessing he asked me to sing to him and it was the last song I'd heard.  Who knew a tradition would be started of me singing him that song every night, but that's what happened.   
 

So what song was sung to you as a little one?    

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14 minutes ago, Thatboyofmine said:

My mom used to sing this to me:

I'm a nut, so soft and round

Laying on the cold, hard ground

Everybody steps on me,

That is why I'm cracked you see...

(I'm a nut, I'm a nut, etc)

Took myself to the picture show

Sat right down on the very first row.

Got so fresh, slapped my face, 

Put my arms around my waist.

(I'm a nut, I'm a nut, etc) 

I learned this song from my cousin, who learned it at summer camp. The verse before the movies went something like: 

Called myself on the telephone/
Just to see if I was home/
Asked myself out on a date/
Pick you up at half-past eight.

And the chorus was something like, "I'm a nut, in a rut, all alone."

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My mother used to sing a really annoying "Good Morning" song to us when she came to wake us up for school.  The song was accompanied by the sound of the window shades being opened (pulled down and let fly to flflflflfl at the top of the window).

 

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

It's time to rise and shine!

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

I hope you're feeling fine.

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

It's time to get out of bed.

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

Get up you sleepyhead!

 

 

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It is so funny to listen to all of these versions of "I'm a Nut".   Here is what my mom taught me

I'm a nut so small and round

Lying on the cold hard ground

People stop and step on me

That's why I'm so cracked you

I'm a nut, I'm a nut. 

I'm a nut, I'm a nut, I'm a nut

Called myself on the telephone

Just to hear my golden tone

Asked myself how 'bout a date

Told myself 'bout a half past eight

Chorus

Took myself to the picture show

Sat myself on the very front row

Put my hands around my waist

Got so fresh that I slapped my face

Chorus

That is all I can remember....there might be more

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1 hour ago, Thatboyofmine said:

My mom used to sing this to me:

I'm a nut, so soft and round

Laying on the cold, hard ground

Everybody steps on me,

That is why I'm cracked you see...

(I'm a nut, I'm a nut, etc)

Took myself to the picture show

Sat right down on the very first row.

Got so fresh, slapped my face, 

Put my arms around my waist.

(I'm a nut, I'm a nut, etc) 

 

She also sang 'A bicycle built for two' to me and 'Goodnight Irene, Goodnight' at bedtime.  She still will text me 'Goodnight Irene' on random nights when she's going to bed.  

So last night I was thinking about the nut song and thinking about what I used to sing Ds when he was little.   I sang 'Heartland' by George Strait to him.  I'm guessing he asked me to sing to him and it was the last song I'd heard.  Who knew a tradition would be started of me singing him that song every night, but that's what happened.   
 

So what song was sung to you as a little one?    

 We sang that song too although we used the word Acorn instead of nut in the first line.  The refrain was definitely "I'm a nut" though.

My Dad used to sing "Maresy Doats and Dosey Doats" with us on car trips

 

Oh Maresy Doats and Dosey Doats and Little Lambsy Divey 

A Kiddle Deedivey too wouldn't you ooh?

Maresy Doats and Dosey Doats and Little Lambsy Divey 

A Kiddle Deedivey too wouldn't you?

 

If the words sound queer and funny to your ear

A little bit jumbled and jivey


It's mares eat oats, and does eat oats

and little lambs eat ivy. 

 

That and the Navy hymn (Eternal Father Strong to Save) are the only two songs I remember him singing.  

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-My dad would sing the "Good morning" song . . . I may be guilty of inflicting it on my own kids.

-This is the day  (the Lord has made) . . . (sung on Sunday's) 

-My grandma sang the "name game" (insert name--Jerry or Michelle for example)

Jerry, Jerry, bo-bary
Banana-fana fo-fary
Fee-fi-mo-mary
Jerry!

Michelle, Michelle, bo-bell

Banana-fana fo fell

Fee fi mo mell

Michelle! 

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My mom used to sing this to me in the mornings:

Lazy ---ie, you'd better get up

She answered back I am not able

Lazy ---ie, you'd better get up

We need the sheets for the table.

This is an actual song (the English version starts about 2:00):

 

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My father sang a lot.  (I didn't live with him, but he used to have us one day a week).   He sang really badly.  Really Badly.  He would often sing in his blue Pinto with the windows down.  When he pulled up to a stoplight, my sister and I would hide on the floor of the back seat so that people wouldn't see us when they stared at him.  Yes, it was that bad.

His favorite songs were How Much is that Doggie in the Window and There's No Business Like Show Business (although he didn't know most of the words).

 

 

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My grandmother was a singer - she was trained to sing opera and was just an all out awesome person. She used to sing us a tiny little song whenever we woke up. 

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We're all in our places
With bright shining faces
Now this is the way
To start a new day!

I thought it was so cheesy. And then I thought it was kind of cute. And I remember I said that to my mother when I was a teenager. Like, oh, that's that funny Nana thing that song I've never heard anywhere else. And my mother was like, she sang that every morning of my childhood. It was HORRIBLE. Lol. I died. I guess it was cute when you were a visiting grandchild!

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2 hours ago, Scarlett said:

It is so funny to listen to all of these versions of "I'm a Nut".   Here is what my mom taught me

I'm a nut so small and round

Lying on the cold hard ground

People stop and step on me

That's why I'm so cracked you

I'm a nut, I'm a nut. 

I'm a nut, I'm a nut, I'm a nut

Called myself on the telephone

Just to hear my golden tone

Asked myself how 'bout a date

Told myself 'bout a half past eight

Chorus

Took myself to the picture show

Sat myself on the very front row

Put my hands around my waist

Got so fresh that I slapped my face

Chorus

That is all I can remember....there might be more

I had no idea that was a popular song!    I had forgotten about the middle verses.  

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I, too, missed out on the apparent classic, I'm a Nut. The first time I heard it I was 35 and I heard it from another mother in my stroller group.

Like a previous poster, my dad (who apparently stopped listening to new music in the mid-1960s) also had a terrible voice but loved to torture us with song. We learned to run screaming from They Call the Wing Mariah (A way out here they got a name for wind and rain and fire, the wind is Tess, the fire's Joe, and the wind's Mariah) from the musical Paint Your Wagon and from  It's All in the Game by Tommy Edwards (Many a tear have to fall, but it's all in the game...). I sing badly too and keep the tradition with It's All in the Game, but Mariah is beyond my abilities. 

 

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5 hours ago, Junie said:

My mother used to sing a really annoying "Good Morning" song to us when she came to wake us up for school.  The song was accompanied by the sound of the window shades being opened (pulled down and let fly to flflflflfl at the top of the window).

 

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

It's time to rise and shine!

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

I hope you're feeling fine.

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

It's time to get out of bed.

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

Get up you sleepyhead!

 

 

I still sing this to my  kids. Source

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Anyone remember this song?  Funny Farm

 

Remember when you ran away and I got on my knees and begged you not to leave or I would go berserk? 

Well, you left me anyhow and then the days got worse and worse and now you see I'm completely out of my mind

That is all I could remember without looking it up. Lol...

 

Remember when you ran away
And I got on my knees
And begged you not to leave
Because I'd go beserk
Well you left me anyhow
And then the days got worse and worse
And now you see I've gone
Completely out of my mind
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
You thought it was a joke
And so you laughed
You laughed when I said
That losing you would make me flip my lid
Right?
You know you laughed
I heard you laugh, you laughed
You laughed and laughed and then you left
But now you know I'm utterly mad
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
I cooked your food
I cleaned your house
And this is how you pay me back
For all my kind unselfish, loving deeds
Ha! Well you just wait
They'll find you yet and when they do
They'll put you in the A.S.P.C.A.
You mangy mutt
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ha-haaa ho-ho hee-hee
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa!
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Mine sang a completely made up song as well as using a commercial jingle to (rightfully) brag on her spaghetti and sauce.

To the old Campbell's Soup jingle she sang - Mmm good. Mmm good. Mommy's macaroni mmm good. When my brother and I had kids she changed Mommy's to Nonna's macaroni and sang it to my niece and ds.

The made up song was specifically for me. My brother didn't have one. Pastina with butter and locatelli cheese was a staple when I was growing up. She Italianized my Irish name (Kathleen) and sang -

Oh Katalena (kaht a leena) mangia your pastina. The tune is nothing I ever heard. It was something she made up along with the words.

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Okay, for posterity, below is how we sang the Nut Song in northern IN. For us, it was a playground song. We liked to sing songs that were a little bit bawdy, like Miss Susie Was a Baby and Do Your Ears Hang Low?, or songs that were subversive, like anti-school versions of On Top of Old Smokey and Glory, Glory Hallelujah. Kids are interesting. There was also a song about underwear and a trashcan (and maybe Frankenstein??) but it is completely escaping me.

I'm a Nut:

I'm a little acorn brown, lying on the cold, cold ground, then somebody stepped on me, that is why I'm cracked you see

Chorus: I'm a nut (tt-tt), I'm a nut (tt-tt), I'm a nut, I'm a nut, I'm a nut

Called myself up on the phone, just to see if I was home, asked myself out for a date, didn't get back 'til half-past eight

(Chorus)

Went out to the movie show, sat right down in the very last row, wrapped my arms around my waist, got so fresh I slapped my face

(Chorus)

Good times. 🙂 

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I didn't really answer the question! My family always liked music but it wasn't really a going-to-bed or waking up thing. My parents didn't really sing to us. Instead, they read to us and it was lovely.

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5 hours ago, Scarlett said:

Anyone remember this song?  Funny Farm

Pretty sure my dad had the 45 of it. All his old 45's were mixed with our little kid records so we listened to all kinds of stuff! Angel of the Morning, Lady Godiva, Hair...a pop culture education. 🙂

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My mother would call me “Dani-Girl” and would sing the song “Danny Boy,” but with Dani-Girl in place of the normal words. 

I did a similar play on a name for one of my kids, turning the song, “The Muffin Man” into “The Mason Man.” 

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My mom would sing "Mares eat oats and does eat oats" mentioned above, and also

K-k-k-Katy, beautiful Katy
You're the only g-g-girl that I adore
When the m--moon shines
Over the cowshed
I'l be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door

Both were songs her mom sang to her.

When my girls were babies, they each had their own special song I sang to them. I sang many many many songs to oldest because music calms her, and before the era of omnipresent music via iphones, omnipresent music was Mom singing to calm her in doctor's offices, getting blood draws, whenever she was fussy, etc. But, the special song for each girl was

Oldest: From the Fantasticks
When the moon was young
When the month was May
When the stage was hung
For my holiday
I saw shining lights
But I never knew
They were you
They were you
They were you

etc. She got all the verses

Middle dd: Moon River, mentioned above

Youngest: she was born when oldest was in kindergarten with an amazing teacher that incorporated a lot of music. This was one of the songs that I had never heard before.

A you're adorable
B you're so beautiful
C you're a cutie full of charm
D you're a darling and
E you're exciting and
F you're a feather in my arms

etc through whole alphabet.

Lots of good memories singing to my babes!

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20 hours ago, Junie said:

My mother used to sing a really annoying "Good Morning" song to us when she came to wake us up for school.  The song was accompanied by the sound of the window shades being opened (pulled down and let fly to flflflflfl at the top of the window).

 

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

It's time to rise and shine!

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

I hope you're feeling fine.

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

It's time to get out of bed.

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

Get up you sleepyhead!

 

 

I sing this to my kids in the morning if they are dragging and I've been up for a while 🤣.

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12 hours ago, MercyA said:

Okay, for posterity, below is how we sang the Nut Song in northern IN. For us, it was a playground song. We liked to sing songs that were a little bit bawdy, like Miss Susie Was a Baby and Do Your Ears Hang Low?, or songs that were subversive, like anti-school versions of On Top of Old Smokey and Glory, Glory Hallelujah. Kids are interesting. There was also a song about underwear and a trashcan (and maybe Frankenstein??) but it is completely escaping me.

Could be 3 different songs?

1) __ is a friend of mine, he resembles Frankenstein, and he smells like Turpentine, __ is a friend of mine.

2) I see Germany, I see France, I see somebody's underpants.

3) I'm Popeye the sailor man, I live in a garbage can, I eat all the worms and spit out the germs, I'm Popeye the sailor man.

We also did the anti-school songs you mentioned.

Just yesterday I was singing an "alternate version" of Rudolph to my kids, when I stopped because of how bad one of the lines was.  Things have changed for the better in this regard!

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19 hours ago, Scarlett said:

Anyone remember this song?  Funny Farm

 

Remember when you ran away and I got on my knees and begged you not to leave or I would go berserk? 

Well, you left me anyhow and then the days got worse and worse and now you see I'm completely out of my mind

That is all I could remember without looking it up. Lol...

 

Remember when you ran away
And I got on my knees
And begged you not to leave
Because I'd go beserk
Well you left me anyhow
And then the days got worse and worse
And now you see I've gone
Completely out of my mind
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
You thought it was a joke
And so you laughed
You laughed when I said
That losing you would make me flip my lid
Right?
You know you laughed
I heard you laugh, you laughed
You laughed and laughed and then you left
But now you know I'm utterly mad
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
I cooked your food
I cleaned your house
And this is how you pay me back
For all my kind unselfish, loving deeds
Ha! Well you just wait
They'll find you yet and when they do
They'll put you in the A.S.P.C.A.
You mangy mutt
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ha-haaa ho-ho hee-hee
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa!

The chorus was definitely part of my upbringing.

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I always sang Randy Travis's song "Deeper than the Holler" to my babies ❤️

My mom always sang this version of "Hush Little Baby". I never knew there was a kinder, gentler version about looking glasses and horses and carts that ended with the sweetest little baby in town until my conservative head covering wearing almost Mennonite MIL heard me singing my version of "Hush Little Baby" and said, "Well, that's certainly a ... modern way to sing it!" 🤣

Hush little baby, don't say a word

Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won't sing

Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring won't shine

Mama's gonna buy you a bottle of wine

And if that bottle of wine won't spill

Mama's gonna buy you an automobile

And if that automobile won't run

Mama's gonna buy you a BB gun

And if that BB gun won't shoot

Mama's gonna buy you a bathing suit

And if that bathing suit won't fit

Mama's gonna say, "Gosh darn it, I quit! Gosh darn it, I quit!"

 

 

I have to wonder if the person who first coined my version had ... issues 🤔

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On 12/3/2020 at 8:34 AM, Lady Florida. said:

Mine sang a completely made up song as well as using a commercial jingle to (rightfully) brag on her spaghetti and sauce.

To the old Campbell's Soup jingle she sang - Mmm good. Mmm good. Mommy's macaroni mmm good. When my brother and I had kids she changed Mommy's to Nonna's macaroni and sang it to my niece and ds.

The made up song was specifically for me. My brother didn't have one. Pastina with butter and locatelli cheese was a staple when I was growing up. She Italianized my Irish name (Kathleen) and sang -

Oh Katalena (kaht a leena) mangia your pastina. The tune is nothing I ever heard. It was something she made up along with the words.

My kids had an Italian song on CD called “mangia la pasta”.  I’m wondering if it was the same?

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21 hours ago, Ali in OR said:

 

K-k-k-Katy, beautiful Katy
You're the only g-g-girl that I adore
When the m--moon shines
Over the cowshed
I'l be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door

My Grandfather always sang this to me when he came over! It seemed like I was always in the  kitchen to greet him. 

 

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16 hours ago, SKL said:

Could be 3 different songs?

1) __ is a friend of mine, he resembles Frankenstein, and he smells like Turpentine, __ is a friend of mine.

2) I see Germany, I see France, I see somebody's underpants.

3) I'm Popeye the sailor man, I live in a garbage can, I eat all the worms and spit out the germs, I'm Popeye the sailor man.

We also did the anti-school songs you mentioned.

Just yesterday I was singing an "alternate version" of Rudolph to my kids, when I stopped because of how bad one of the lines was.  Things have changed for the better in this regard!

I definitely know #2. #3 sounds vaguely familiar. I don't think I've ever heard #1.

For some reason I feel like all three things were in the same song! If I'm not careful, I may go down a rabbit trail googling...

Thanks for the ideas! 🙂 

ETA: Okay, I think I found something similar: "My mother gave me a nickle, my father gave me a dime, my sister gave me a boyfriend, his name was Frankenstein. He made me do the dishes, he made me wash the floor, he made me wash his underpants, so I kicked him out the door! I kicked him over London, I kicked him over France, I kicked him over Hollywood [I think maybe we said in a garbage can!] and he lost his underpants."

Ah, playground rhymes. I find these things so interesting. Sorry for the bunny trail, @Thatboyofmine!

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10 hours ago, MercyA said:

I definitely know #2. #3 sounds vaguely familiar. I don't think I've ever heard #1.

For some reason I feel like all three things were in the same song! If I'm not careful, I may go down a rabbit trail googling...

Thanks for the ideas! 🙂 

ETA: Okay, I think I found something similar: "My mother gave me a nickle, my father gave me a dime, my sister gave me a boyfriend, his name was Frankenstein. He made me do the dishes, he made me wash the floor, he made me wash his underpants, so I kicked him out the door! I kicked him over London, I kicked him over France, I kicked him over Hollywood [I think maybe we said in a garbage can!] and he lost his underpants."

Ah, playground rhymes. I find these things so interesting. Sorry for the bunny trail, @Thatboyofmine!

I love the bunny trails, Mercy!    💛

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Thanks to this thread, I've now spent some hours singing to my dog...

"I'm a poodle small and round

lying on the cold hard ground

everybody snuggles me

that's cuz I'm so cute, you see"

 

Like many poodles he is deaf and cannot hear me. This is ridiculous. So, y'know, thanks for that.

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When my son was little and he had to potty, my mom would call it "poddy woddy doodle all day."    Now, she does it for her dogs, lol.    She was over the moon when she found out that not only does ds19 remember that, but he shared the memory with his gf.  It's still a special (and silly) memory for us. 

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2 minutes ago, Tanaqui said:

Thanks to this thread, I've now spent some hours singing to my dog...

"I'm a poodle small and round

lying on the cold hard ground

everybody snuggles me

that's cuz I'm so cute, you see"

 

Like many poodles he is deaf and cannot hear me. This is ridiculous. So, y'know, thanks for that.

🤣🤣🤣 

well, thanks a lot, because now I'll be singing that song to my beagle since she loves to collapse on the floor after her walks.  
 

glad we could help.  🤣

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1 hour ago, Thatboyofmine said:

🤣🤣🤣 

well, thanks a lot, because now I'll be singing that song to my beagle since she loves to collapse on the floor after her walks.  
 

glad we could help.  🤣

....And I'll be singing it to my Cavalier. 

I am ashamed to admit that I've probably made up and sung more songs to my dogs and bird than to my daughter. But--she made it clear from an early age that she really didn't care for my singing. 😆 Her loss!

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4 minutes ago, MercyA said:

But--she made it clear from an early age that she really didn't care for my singing

I have a song I made up for each of my kids when I put them to bed. My oldest was about 3 when she asked me to stop singing because I didn't sing well. 😂😂

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On 12/2/2020 at 2:37 PM, Scarlett said:

Anyone remember this song?  Funny Farm

 

Remember when you ran away and I got on my knees and begged you not to leave or I would go berserk? 

Well, you left me anyhow and then the days got worse and worse and now you see I'm completely out of my mind

That is all I could remember without looking it up. Lol...

 

Remember when you ran away
And I got on my knees
And begged you not to leave
Because I'd go beserk
Well you left me anyhow
And then the days got worse and worse
And now you see I've gone
Completely out of my mind
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
You thought it was a joke
And so you laughed
You laughed when I said
That losing you would make me flip my lid
Right?
You know you laughed
I heard you laugh, you laughed
You laughed and laughed and then you left
But now you know I'm utterly mad
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
I cooked your food
I cleaned your house
And this is how you pay me back
For all my kind unselfish, loving deeds
Ha! Well you just wait
They'll find you yet and when they do
They'll put you in the A.S.P.C.A.
You mangy mutt
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ha-haaa ho-ho hee-hee
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa!

I sing that to my kids!

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I don't remember my mom or family ever singing any songs to me. I have tortured my own kids with:

This is the Day (that the Lord has made) while waking them up, and

Funny Farm (They're Coming to Take Me Away 😂)

and dh always sang, "The bright sun comes up. The dew falls away. 'Good morning! Good morning!' the little birds say."

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