|Depressing Children's Songs
||[Jan. 16th, 2016|03:14 pm]
Ben's old enough now that he appreciates "kid music." We usually have some sort of music streaming in the living room, so our station based on Raffi has been getting a lot of airtime these days. It's nice, because we can tailor this to have more tolerable stuff (various Disney songs, anything acoustic/understated) and less ear-clawing-awful stuff (I don't even know, and I never want to).|
But I've noticed that not everything on a kid's music station is necessarily happy. In fact, some of the songs are downright depressing, and I wouldn't have realized it when I was little.
1.) Puff the Magic Dragon: I loved me some Peter Paul & Mary when I was a little kid, and for some reason I remembered a happy ending to this song? But uh, I guess not. It's really sad. "The kid grew up, and now his imaginary dragon friend is miserable and scared and doomed to sit in his cave forever because he can't die. THE END."
2.) Five Little Ducks: Five little ducks go out one day, over the hills and far away. And at the end of each day, when the mother calls them back, there is one duckling missing. Slowly her brood dwindles down to nothing. At the end of the song, they all come back, but you know that in real life, those ducklings are toast. I remember jogging around the lake over the course of a summer and being bummed at the dismal survival rate of ducklings. Also, why does Mother Duck keep sending them out to die day after day??
3.) The Changing Garden of Mr. Bell: Oh man. This is a Raffi song, so you don't see it coming, because you're all "Baby Beluga!" and "Bananaphone!" And then there's a song about an old man who's obsessed with his garden. We talk about how lovely gardens are and how hard he works, and then one day the kid who brings him his paper notices a photo of the man when he was younger, with a lady and a baby. The kid asks who those people are, and the old man just kinda pauses and says, "...isn't the garden beautiful? It's always changing." RAFFI. MAN. Why you gotta drop that on me? He never spells it out either, so I have to imagine that one's a bonus for the parents who can infer what has happened to this man—"Have fun getting old!"