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Singing Lullabyes

ready for a lullabye

What mom never sings a lullabye? We all have our special songs we sing to our little ones over and over in hopes to soothe them, lull them to sleep, and keep our sanity. My song is “Lullabye” by Billy Joel. It’s the song my father and I danced to at my wedding. It’s a song that is special to all of us. My boys are 7, 5, and 3, and still request it almost nightly.

It’s been a long 7 years of singing and sometimes, well I’m sorry but sometimes, this mama is so sick of singing it! It’s long! I even try tricking them by just singing the last verse. What used to be so special makes me go “ugh.” My husband brought up a little CD player from the basement last week and I searched for my Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vol. 3 CD. Ahhh. They were thrilled to hear it on repeat a couple of times. I was thrilled not to sing it…again. Although, I must give my husband some credit here…he’s learned all of the lyrics and sings it too (thank you!).

As I tucked Finn into bed last night he asked for “the lullabye.” Except he chose his words very carefully, “Mom, I want my ya-ya-bye from your mouth!” I guess he was sick of the CD. Only a mommy sings it just right I guess.

Do you have a special song you sing to your kids at bedtime?

Good night my angel time to close your eyes…

withy my childhood stuffed animal "Racky"
withy my childhood stuffed animal “Racky”

23 thoughts on “Singing Lullabyes

  1. Brandon makes me sing Eternal Flame. I also got sick of singing it every night along with Dream a Little Dream. And I’ve stopped for the most part, but he still asks for it. He knows every word himself now and has it on his iPod. It cracks me up he loves an 80’s song from The Bangles.

  2. I sing random songs as the kids change their favorites week-to-week but the funniest request I have ever had was from my daughter who asked for Kris Kross’ “Jump”. Not sure that’s such a great bedtime lullaby, but I love that she shares my weird taste in music! 🙂

  3. My mom has always sung ‘You Are My Sunshine’ — to me, my sister and our children. That song is the best lullaby. When my kids were babies, I would sing it to them too. It’s also one of the few where I know all the words!

  4. So sweet! My little guy asks for a new song every night. Most of the time its the old traditional Lullabye song- since I don’t know the official lyrics, I have made my own up 🙂

  5. I can’t sing, but I made up my own lullaby for each of my kids. I sound awful, and the lyrics are cheesy, but my kiddos still remember it. Although, now that I think of it they don’t ask me to sing it anymore. lol

  6. I love Billy Joel’s Lullaby song. How sweet! When the dudes were younger, we would sing a variety of random lullaby songs to the dudes before bedtime. My husband always sang tunes from The Sound of Music (hence his nickname as The Captain – lol!) I usually sang “You are My Sunshine” and a variety of other songs including Bette Midler’s “Baby Mine” from Beaches. Cheesy, yes, but they enjoyed them. Even last night, Squishy (who is 8) made a bedtime song request.

  7. So sweet! We don’t do lullabies around here. I guess I just never got into it from the beginning (thankfully, because no one–not even my kids–wants to hear my singing voice). i read them some books instead, on the couch, before they head off to bed. Your boys must love it, though. They’ll always remember this for the rest of their lives. 🙂

  8. I cried, almost immediately. I danced to Lullaby with my step-dad (my father passed when I was 13). I sobbed and sobbed into his shoulder, remember the first concert I went to was Billy Joel and Elton John. My Dad took me.
    I love when the song randomly plays through my car and I belt it out to my baby girl.
    At night we sing Twinkle Twinkle, and we say our prayers, but there is always some Billy Joel in our day.

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