You Put A Song In My Heart

So here’s the deal, peeps. Crazy wild busy weekend coming up for me here. Lots of fun stuff planned. A wedding being the highlight. And a gazillion smaller wedding-related events surrounding the wedding. Basically my weekend is gone. In the nicest possible way.

So. I’m taking a little break here. But I don’t want you to forget about me while I’m off playing, so I have an idea for weekend entertainment.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this to you, but I have this crazy/wierd thing with songs. My husband accuses me of being part canary. If it rains, I sing, ‘Ain’t Gonna Rain no More, no More..” If a kid is grumpy, depending on my mood I might burst into ‘Count Your Blessings’ — OR “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” (no, not the nice Louis Armstrong version, the really dumb one from the old show HeeHaw– anybody remember that one?? I find it incredibly scary that I remember that show. Warped, I am.)

It’s so bad my one year old will sometimes put her little index finger on my mouth and say, ‘shhhh.’ Hubby swears I have a song for every occasion. But I want MORE. Here’s the deal: I’m hoping you can introduce me to some songs I don’t know.

And it’s a contest. For the purposes of this contest, let’s stay roughly in three categories: folk songs, kids songs, and Sunday-School songs. Like I said, a song gets into my head and I sing it to my kids! You can only get away with something like “Rock Me Like A Hurricane” for a little while, then pretty soon you realize they’re accidentally getting their sex-ed from some stupid song mom is belting out and shouldn’t be. I’ve been there and I just don’t want to go there again…

So, back to the game. Give me some of your favorite fun-for-kids songs. Only one song per comment. Yes, I’m dreaming of lots of comments!! And I’m giving out points!

—One point if you are first to mention a song
—One more point if I don’t know it.
—And two MORE points if you supply me with lyrics or a weblink to lyrics, or an mp3 or something cool like that.

Five points if you call me on the phone and hum me a few bars (Kidding about that last one, just kidding. Hubby would skin me if I gave out our phone number!)

So, you can get a total of 4 points for each song. It’s OK to supply the lyrics to someone else’s song if they didn’t do it in their comment about that song. The person who ends up with the most points gets a spot on my sidebar for a week. (maybe I should change my Golden Keyboard Award to the Golden Songbird Award for this week…hehe)

So, does it sound like fun? I’m hoping I’m not the only song-lover in the bunch… and hoping when I get back here my blog won’t be just dead from loneliness and neglect. So go think of some songs. Come back and tel me about ’em, OK?

And have a great weekend without me…. I’ll tell ya all about the wedding when I come up for air! I’m off to buy my son dress shoes and find a camisole to go under my (shockingly!) low-cut blouse and a gazillion other things….

Oh, and here’s ONE link to help ya out!


  1. My 3 yr olds current fav – "God is big! God is berry, berry, berry, berry big! God is big!" (It's much cuter when she sings it though…)

    My 5 yr olds fav – "SpongeBob second season, SpongeBob second season. Now on D-V-D-eee, Now on D-V-D-eee. Are you ready? Are you ready? SpongeBob second season, SpongeBob second season…" (Needless to say this one is driving me crazy, yet I keep finding myself singing it!!)

    My 8 yr olds fav – "Life is good, eternal life is better" Who sings this?? I can't remember…

    My current fav – "I am free to run. (echo – I am free to run) I am free to dance (echo – I am free to dance). I am free to live for You (echo – I am free to live for you)! I am free! (echo – I am free!)" Again, don't know who sings it…

  2. I'm posting again – this time for the fun of it. To make the comments say 52!!!! YEAHHHHHH!!!

  3. How about:

    "I'm a little coconut,
    I live in a coconut grove.
    Everybody steps on me,
    That is why I'm cracked, you see.

    Honk, honk, rattle rattle rattle crash beep beep…4X

    Called myself up on the phone,
    Just to see if I was home.
    Asked myself out on a date–
    Gotta be ready by half past eight.

    Honk, honk…etc.

    Took myself to a picture show,
    Sat myself on the very first row.
    Wrapped my arms around my waist,
    Got so fresh I slapped my face.

    Honk, honk…etc.

    Here's a link–not the chorus I learned tho.

  4. And my kids love/hate it when I sing:

    I love you,
    A bushel and a peck,
    A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck,
    A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap,
    Barrel and a heap and I'm talkin' in my sleep
    About you…about you.

    (Extra high voice)
    The cows and the chickens
    Are goin' to the dickens, 'cause

    I love you,
    A bushel and a peck,
    You bet your pretty neck I do,
    Doodle oodle oodle…3X

    My mom used to sing it to me!
    It's from the musical Guys & Dolls.

  5. And I can't resist adding this one, if I can even remember it, because I could find NO lyrics for it anywhere on the internet. But isn't this a GEM? (It's so CHEESY!)

    I'm just a little feller
    But I always hope to be
    A cowboy sticking close to
    The man from Galilee.
    And pardner all I want to do
    Is satisfy my Boss
    And be the bestest Christian boy
    Who ever rode a hoss.

    I'll be a cowboy
    A Christian cowboy,
    I'll rope for Jesus all my days.
    And in the country
    Or in the city
    I'll help him round up all the strays.

    My brother sang this as a solo in church when he was about 7! I think it was from a children's songbook put out by the Gaithers, maybe–anybody else remember them?
    Aren't they the ones who also put out:

    I am a Promise
    I am a Possibility
    I am a Promise
    With a capital P
    I am a great big bundle of

    Yes, I guess they are:

  6. Ok I know I'm like number 56 or something like that but I just have to share about my singing hubby. He is you – has a song for every occasion, my most favourite are when he's preaching (he's a pastor). He'll be talking about a subject like Feelings…in the middle of his message he'll burst out, "Feelings, nothing more than feelings…" or if he's talking about relationships, "Looking for love in all the wrong places…" or on selfishness, "I'll do it my way…" I'm sure visitors don't know what to think of him at times. It does make the service light and enjoyable though and I'd never want him to stop, it's a part of who he is.

  7. Good Morning Song

    Good morning! Good morning! Good morning!
    It's time to rise and shine!
    Good morning! Good morning! Good morning!
    We hope you're feeling fine!
    Time to wake up sleepy head!
    Time to get up out of bed!
    Good morning! Good morning! Good morning!
    It's time to rise and shine!

    This is the good morning song I wake my teen aged AND adult children with every morning! I began singing it to my daughter to gently wake her up when she was a little girl. Used it with my boys as well…and they still smile (they are 25, 23 and 14) when I break into their bedrooms in song!

    It's a much more pleasant way to wake someone up ….than……GET OUTA BED! HOW MANY TIMES MUST I WAKE YOU!

    🙂 Diane

  8. 57 comments??? Mary, you're famous!

  9. Totally overwhelming and brain-block-inducing. But man…..have fun singin'!

  10. the little sister says:

    I love another verse to "Jesus Loves Me" to the same melody as the other verses, of course.

    Jesus, take this heart of mine,
    Make it pure and wholly thine,
    Thou hast bled and died for me,
    I henceforth, will live for Thee!

    It's such an awesome verse, and my kids are the only ones that know it…if yours do, that will significantly increase the likelihood of the rest of the kiddos learning it! Love ya 🙂

  11. I love Raffi, and if you don't have his CD, you MUST get it!

    Upbeat, fun, and perfect for you since you cook:

    Biscuits in the Oven:

    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Right before my very eyes.

    When they get ready, gonna jump and shout (3x)
    Roll my eyes and bug them out – hey, hey

    Gonna clap my hands and stomp my feet (3x)
    Right before the very next beat –

    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Right before my very eyes.

    Gonna look both ways when I cross the street (3x)
    Gonna take my time when the light turns green.

    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise
    Right before my very eyes.

  12. Dancing Queen. A little Abba never hurt any toddler!

  13. My most favorite folk singer in the whole world is Cat Stevens. One of the best songs to sing is "Morning Has Broken," and here are the lyrics:

    Morning has broken, like the first morning
    Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
    Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
    Praise for the springing fresh from the world

    Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
    Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
    Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
    Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

    Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
    Born of the one light, Eden saw play
    Praise with elation, praise every morning
    God's recreation of the new day

    I believe someone else wrote the lyrics but he sang them and the song is on the album, The Teaser & the Fire Cat. To hear it you can just go to Amazon and listen to a clip:

    Another really awesome one (That includes clapping!) is "Peace Train," also by Cat Stevens, on the same album:

    Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
    And I believe it could be, something good has begun

    Oh I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
    And I believe it could be, some day it's going to come

    Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
    Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again

    Now I've been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come
    And I believe it could be, something good has begun

    Oh peace train sounding louder
    Glide on the peace train
    Come on now peace train
    Yes, peace train holy roller

    Everyone jump upon the peace train
    Come on now peace train

    Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
    Cause it's getting nearer, it soon will be with you

    Now come and join the living, it's not so far from you
    And it's getting nearer, soon it will all be true

    Now I've been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
    Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss

    Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
    Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again

  14. How about…

    Bull frogs and butterflies… they've both been born again… EVERYBODY NOW…
    Bull frogs and butterflies… they've both been born again…


    Music machine, music machine, it's like no other gadget that you've ever seen… something, something, something, something, something… to sing a song… put something in it and a song will come out.

    It goes, whir whir chika chika bong bong fffsssshhhh…
    Whir whir chika chika bong bong fffsssshhhh…
    If you want to hear a song…
    Whir whir chika chika bong bong.

    • Music machine, music machine – it’s like no other gadget that you’ve ever seen. Whatever you want to sing about, put something in it and a song will come out.

  15. Oh, this is glorious. I sing ALL THE TIME too. A lot of mine have been mentioned already. We love Steve Green and the Hide Em in your Heart Bible verse memory songs he does.

    Also a lot of the old songs that used to be on Sesame Street:
    Fur, I'm covered in fur.
    Don't you wish that you were
    Simply covered in FUR FUR FUR!
    Yes, fur is mar-fur-lous,
    Fur is cle-fur
    FUR-ther more you'll love it FURever
    Fur, I'm just wild about fur

    As well as the alligator king and a bunch of others. Here's a great site for lyrics:

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