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Repeating Inside My Head

July 26, 2006

This little instrumental gem, which fires again and again from the cute birdie mobile hung over the bed of one particularly restless little baby in the Preemie Express. Which is bad enough, but especially aggravating for the whithering lyrics:

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town

The only known antidote is found here.

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4 Responses to “Repeating Inside My Head”

  1. sonja says:

    I dunno … the irony in Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz is also a pretty good anitdote. Well … it was for me.

  2. kate says:

    I can’t count how many times I got to the diamond ring part, and couldn’t remember what the heck came next, so I just started making up random rhyming stuff. It really doesn’t work for long.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I never like this song either, it’s so weird! Plus how do diamonds turn to brass? Did the author mean glass? When toys break we find a new “creative” use for them unless it’s dangerous. :) In any case this doesn’t bode well for Hillary’s campaign slogan kickoff of “It’s the American Dream, stupid” as a play on Bill’s “It’s the economy, stupid.” Unfortunate. Well, I didn’t like being called stupid anyway. Love to you all! Miriam

  4. maria says:

    OK, must confess — I sing this to my daughter every night! Perhaps I need to develop some new lyrics that aren’t s focused on consumption.

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