Friday, March 28, 2008


It's Friday, and it's Spring

Too much emphasis on dark material lately? I find that it's hard to listen to this tune and not smile.

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds

Our youngest daughter just turned five. It's kind of a strange feeling. It's been a long, long time since we've had no really little kids in the house, and it will be this way from now on....

She likes to sing this song with me when we brush our teeth and get her washed and dressed for bed. I can tell she's getting older because she likes to make up her own goofy lyrics for it now. This is something all my kids like to do. They all like to riff on songs with their own satirical lyrics. I wonder why that is? They even do it with Christmas carols. It drives me crazy sometimes, how they all like to grab the spotlight and imagine themselves as stand-up comics at the dinner table, but hey, at least they're creative.

Enjoy and have a good weekend.

Bob, we barely knew ye.


crystal said...

I make up lyrics to songs too .... obviously a sign of intelligence :-) Thanks for the song - you reminded me of another one. I'm going to search for it and post it if I can find it.

Garpu the Fork said...

I think Bob Marley's the ultimate feel-good least the stuff I've heard. :)

cowboyangel said...

Actually, the first two poems I ever wrote came about because I was bored in an English class and made up new words to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Knights in White Satin." And Lord knows Bob Dylan "adjusted" several old folk songs to come up with new works (too often without crediting the old ones.)

"Three Little Birds" is definitely a favorite with kids. The first time I was in Brooklyn, I remember my little sister and her third-grade class doing a choir version of the song. It was really moving, all these kids from all kinds of ethnic backgrounds singing Bob Marley at a public elementary program. Things can change for the positive!

Steve Bogner said...

That's a great song :)

My wife's great uncle left us with a saying about these things, when we comment on the craziness of our kids: 'The genes don't lie.' Isn't it like looking at a mirror-image of your kid-self sometimes? It is for me when I look at my older son.

Jeff said...

Hi Crystal,

I make up lyrics to songs too .... obviously a sign of intelligence

:-D If so, they must take after their mom. I'd like to see a little bit more evidence in the report cards.... Although I have to exempt my James from that. Jimmy's a straight 'A' kind of kid, bless his little heart.

Hi Garpu,

Bob was great for that stuff, wasn't he? One Love is another example. Fresh as if it came out yesterday.


As much as I loved both of those songs (Bridge... and Knights...), I'm sure your impromptu poetry was an improvement over the maudlin originals.

In London West End accent... Always good for a few laughs...

Breeeathe deep, the gathering gloom,
Wotch loights fide from every room...

Hi Steve,

Ha. Well, I suppose you've got me there. A variation on "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree", eh?

cowboyangel said...

Hey, enough with the vacation! :-)

I'm one to talk, right!

Jeff said...


Putting the house on the market next week. Running around like a madman painting and fixing stuff. Will catch up with all of you when I get a chance.

cowboyangel said...

Wow, big news. Best of luck!

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crystal said...

Jeff, come back!