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I lay with my two-year-old every night as he falls asleep, and we've started a story-and-song routine. (He reads books with my wife before bed, but he recruits me to write Little Bear fanfic tell him a story every night.) He frequently bans traditional songs, so I end up singing him any song I know all the words to. Often, this results in weirdness. Anyway, here are some of the recent songs...

If I Had A Hammer, originally by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Proof positive I am the child of hippies. Lyrics here.

You Are The Everything, by R.E.M. I love this song so much. Lyrics here.

World Before Columbus, by Suzanne Vega. I don't actually sing this one, because I don't know all the words, plus I think if I sang it I would inevitably weep hysterically. Lyrics here.

Doobie Doobie Moo. For those who don't know the Click Clack Moo books, they are pretty hilarious (and politically awesome: the original book involves cows and hens going on strike for better working conditions!). This one is about the animals entering a talent competition. The cows perform Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as "Doobie Doobie Moo." Since Isk frequently likes me to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, he now requests that I sing it as Doobie Doobie Moo. It goes like this:

Doobie, doobie, doobie, moo,
Moo moo moo moo moo moo moo.
Doobie moo moo moo moo moo
Doobie moo moo moo moo moo
Doobie, doobie, doobie, moo,
Moo moo moo moo moo moo moo.

I sing that one a lot.

While I like these, I'm looking to broaden my repetoire. Any suggestions for bedtime singing that's, you know, not Hush Little Baby? (Which I'm now required to sing as "Hush Little Crocodile," for reasons I am not clear on.)
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