Just for fun, I thought I might share a few songs that I've been singing to baby over the past couple of weeks. The internets say that Babeleo can hear me now, and that he'll start reacting to simple melodies. He might even find them comforting after he arrives. But what do you sing to a little inside baby?
At first it was hard to connect the dots, but my ever-shifting perspective has started making it easy for me to interpret old favorites in a new way. Spatterings of lyrics hit me in a new way when I think of them being sung to a baby instead of a boyfriend. Again, I get the sense that getting to know Babeleo is like falling in love, head over heels, the way I did when I was just a kid.
A few favorite lines from each song:
I Will, The Beatles
And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do endear you to me
Oh, you know I will
Hold You In My Arms, Ray Lamontagne
I could hold you in my arms
I could hold you forever
Find the Light, David Ramirez
I wish upon you an easy life
I wish upon you hard times
I hope you know that both joy and pain
Each need their moment to shine
I wish you ears that are quick to listen
That you're slow to use that tongue
But most of all I wish upon you love
Jayne's Blue Wish, Tom Waits
Will there ever be a tree
Grown from the seeds I've sown
Life is a path lit only by the light of those I've loved
By the light of those I love
Every boy, is a snake is a lily
Every pearl is a lynx, is a girl
Sweet like harmony made into flesh
You dance by my side
Slow Show, The National
You know I dreamed about you
For 29 years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you for, for 29 years
That's How Strong My Love Is, Otis Redding
If I was the Sun way up there
I'd go with love most everywhere
I'll be the moon when the sun goes down
Just to let you know that I'm still around.
That's how strong my love is.
O Sleep, Lisa Hannigan
From now until dawn,
it can’t be too long for me,
I count the hours
‘til I sleep with your feet by my feet,
your breath on my cheek, asleep.
Songbird, Fleetwood Mac
To you, I'll give the world
to you, I'll never be cold
'Cause I feel that when I'm with you,
It's alright, I know it's right.
And the songbirds are singing,
Like they know the score,
And I love you, I love you, I love you,
Like never before.
I'm Getting Ready, Michael Kiwanuka
Oh my, I didn't know what it means to believe
But if I hold on tight, is it true?
Would You take care of all that I do?
Oh Lord, I'm getting ready to believe.
What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
Scared at Night, Kathleen Edwards
All the days you're unsure
Believe in me...
In the dark
Picture me in your mind
And i'll lay with you
You don't have to be scared at night