Name That Tune That's Driving Mommy To Drink!

I am woken up every morning by the sweet, soprano and very enthusiastic singing voice of my daughter. She runs through any and every song that has ever entered her tiny consciousness. Favoring Kindergarten counting songs that are the endless equivalent of 99 Bottles of Beer On The Wall. And occasionally throwing in a verse or two from What Do We Do With A Drunken Sailor, lyrics compliments of Grandpa. And she does not stop belting out the music until she lies back on her bed and her eyes instantly click shut like a baby doll's. Exhausted from her job of being the family's primary source of show tunes, commercial jingles and pop songs.

And there are many things about daughter's super loud solo performances that impress me; she sings with a cheerfulness that could put a child beauty pageant star to shame, possesses the ability to fully ignore the twitchy eye tick her endless singing gives mommy and most of all the fact that she can memorize any set of lyrics after hearing them only once. You can not space out and forget she is in the car and then be surprised when inappropriate song lyrics come up at inopportune moments. Like when the dentist asked her if she brushed her teeth every day and she responded by reciting Kesha's Tic Tock lyrics, "Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack. Cause when I leave fo the night I 'aint com'n back!"

When she was potty training we used the kickass combination of the Potty Power DVD and a bag of M&Ms. Worked like a charm because she dug all the songs they used to teach kids how to get their brown in the bowl and would gladly deposit hers in exchange for 2 blue M&Ms. The drawback, other than our subliminally associating M&Ms with crap for her, was that she would sing these potty training songs all the time. Once when waiting in the checkout line at the grocery story she turned around, charmed the person behind us by batting her big blue eyes and then asked them in a growly Joan Jett singing voice, "What do you like to do when you're sitt'n on the potty? Sitt'n on the potty for awhile!"

But as I said, I envy this talent of hers. I can not retain song lyrics to save my life, with the exception of the Green Acres theme song that has somehow been burned into my brain for all eternity. "I get allergic smelling hay!" But most of all I envy the fact that she can sustain the level of happiness necessary to sing songs all day long with unwavering enthusiasm. Not only sustain it, but barely suppress it. She's bubbling with so much happy that unless she gets to sing "I'm proud to be an American!" at the top of her lungs, while playing Barbies in the bathtub, she'll implode.

Singing or laughing, that's my girl.
But between you and me? There is a reason you will most often find my daughter seated at my left side. And it might possibly be that I was rendered partially deaf in that ear as a kid. Because as awesome as she is, there are only so many times I can listen to the "Shave his belly with a rusty razor..earli in the morn'n!" while the Green Acres theme song plays softly in the background of my mind...


11 comments:

areyoukiddingme said...

Well, it has been years since I've heard the Irish Rovers...I guess we used to get sick of the album after the one song (can't remember the name, just the chorus "You got your green alligators, your long-necked geese, your humpty-back camels and your chimpanzees, your catsandratsandelephants, but sure as your born, don't you forget those unicorns" - yeah, that one's permanent).

My girl (like me) will pick up the chorus - so we frequently get to hear 4-6 lines of Akon's "I Wanna Love You" (oh so appropriate for a 4 year old) and Katy Perry's "California Gurrls" (also very appropriate).

Amanda said...

I am literally laughing out loud with the vision of your daughter asking complete strangers in the check out line what they like to do when they're on the potty!

My little boys love Lady Gaga and Pink. They routinely talk about how pretty Lady Gaga is in public!

What can you do but laugh?

Michele said...

So funny! Great, I can hear her in *my* head now!! My girl is the same way. I wish some days I could bottle up that "happy" and trade it for my zoloft. :) She goes to Catholic school and has a 1st grade teacher that LOVES to sing to them, so her repetoire is pretty tame lately, God Bless America, Oh When the Saints...

Mom O Matic said...

Areyou - You win for the fastest comments ever! Yes, the chorus is about all I can muster myself!

Amanda - That is adorable. And yes, she was very curious about what they were up to on the crapper during that phase.

Michelle - Seriously.

Stitch said...

This and 99 Bottles of Beer were MY Father's idea of bedtime songs. Honest. Thanks for the memories....

Jenny said...

What a gift to be so joyous all the time! My daughter (who recently turned 18) is the same way. She pops out of bed with a smile on her face and a song at her lips. Her repertoire as a child was pretty much Barney, Sesame Street, Sunday School and oldies, of which she usually butchered the lyrics. My favorite was when she sang "Taking care of biscuits" instead of "Taking care of business." There have been tons of others -- some quite recent. I'm humbled by the joy that causes her to want to sing. Like the commercial says, it's priceless.

Mom O Matic said...

Stitch - I believe you! Our dad would bring out his guitar and sing folks songs, bar songs, anything and we loved it.

Jenny - You have no idea how happy it makes me to hear that she might carry this into her teenage years.

Amy Kate said...

As long as she is into sea shanties (is that the word?), she needs to learn "Barnacle Bill the Sailor"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnacle_bill_the_sailor

Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress said...

I love this!!

My daughter sings most mornings too, and depending on my mood,it delights me or drives me bonkers. Either way, when she is spending the night elsewhere and I wake up to silence, it bums me out a little.

new to your blog, looking forward to reading more.

SoMo said...

I guess I am encouraging the inappropriateness over at my house. Our bath time song is We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off. The 15 month old loves it. Then there is the 4 yr old boy singing along to 3 oh 3's First Kiss and Double Vision. I am so proud that he knows when to raise his arms up without anyone every showing him. Although they seem to get the lyrics wrong most times, so it is fun and relieving at the same time. My 8 yr old daughter thinks they ask can I take you out of the car in First Kiss instead of Excuse me Miss, but can I get you out of your panties.

Our family wasn't much on singing when I was growing up, but that Drunken Sailor song reminded me of my grandpa's naked woman tattoo. All the grandkids would giggle when we saw it.

Mom O Matic said...

Amy Kate - Always good to know more than one sea shanty. Thanks! ;)

Elizabeth - Thanks, glad you came by! I always feel like that when the kids sleep over. I love it during the evening but miss them at bedtime.

Somo - Love that your grandpa had a naked woman tattoo! That's a life well lived I would imagine.