Okay, so for the fun of it, I put my children's music cd on while we did things around the house. I took to cleaning while the children took to playing with various toys thrown about the house. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but there seems to be more talk of death and cheating in these children's songs than I have heard in recent songs on the radio. Take the song in the title of this post, "Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn't put Humpty together again." So, basically he got broke...he got broke really bad. In each illustration we see a fat egg sitting on a wall. Why is there a big egg on a wall? The song never says he's an egg, so what's my child to think? This is already a disaster for any mother who has a child that constantly asks, "why?" Let me list a few other songs that came to mind:
Pop! Goes the Weasel
Rock-a-Bye Baby -"I ask, why is the baby up in a tree?"
Row, Row, Row Your Boat - "I say, could there be an other melancholy song?...Life is but a dream...blah blah blah blah blah..."
Shoo! Fly Don't Bother Me!- "Ah, what a better way to tell someone who likes you to go away."
Found A Peanut- "Poor person eats a peanut off the ground and dies"
There Was an Old Woman- "A woman swallows a fly...then a horse, and dies. First, wow, she's hungry, to eat a horse?"
London Bridges Falling Down- "Need I say more?"
Ring Around the Rosies-"About the black plague"
Clementine- "Woman falls into a river, the guy who's supposed to love her, kisses her sister and forgets all about her. And again...she dies."
So, who better to teach our children about death than a good ole children's rhyme. That's what I say...let the music play on. But oh goodness, when your child asks you to define what's going on in the song...enjoy!
*And I note- read the real Cinderella...read Hansel and Gretel...Little Red Riding Hood...read a few other Grimm's fairy tales and you will learn what stories were really supposed to entertain children or perhaps, they weren't.
possible more on this subject to come :)