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What songs do you sing to your DGC?

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Newquay Mon 16-Apr-18 23:48:15

Anniebch was talking about singing Myfanwy. I like to sing Rutters "may the Lord bless you and keep you" and "Summertime". "Golden Slumbers kiss your eyes" is another favourite too

Jangran99 Mon 16-Apr-18 23:53:37

My DGDs love "Dream Angus" and "Morningtown Ride",and anything from "Mama Mia"!

Chewbacca Mon 16-Apr-18 23:56:22

A Mouse Lived in a Windmill in Old Amsterdam. She knows all the words now!

Grandma2213 Tue 17-Apr-18 02:04:53

I have always sung to my DGC since they were born, from nursery rhymes to popular fun songs (like A Mouse Lived in a Windmill, Chewbacca, Gilly Gilly Ossen Pepper...., Tulips from Amsterdam, The Ugly Duckling and many many more), which I remember from Children's' Favourites. Since joining a choir my youngest DGD has helped me practise (and I need a lot!!) . Her favourites are 'I Believe I Can Fly' and 'Fernando'. She and her sister are delighted that we have just learned, 'Hushabye Mountain' and 'Beauty and the Beast'.

BBbevan Tue 17-Apr-18 04:36:46

My GD 1 used to love "There was an old man called Michael Finnegan", when she was very little. I had to sing it again and again
"Dream" by the Everly brothers sent both GDs to sleep. GD2 has a lovely voice and sings to herself all the time. They are getting a bit old to sing to now though.

onaclearday Tue 17-Apr-18 04:49:49

I sing all the songs my Mother sang to my children (plus some newer ones). Favourite is "Hello,hello who's your lady friend" which always gets a giggle from ggs. Others include Daisy Daisy,You are my sunshine,I'm forever blowing bubbles,..the list goes on and on. I just love singing to a baby and seeing them smile in recognition of the tune

TwiceAsNice Tue 17-Apr-18 06:54:04

I don't sing to my granddaughters now as they are older. When they were little sang lots of old songs and taught them lots of children's action songs but one of the girls for ages had to be sung Teddy Bears Picnic and Little Donkey ( whatever the time of year) before she would go to sleep

kittylester Tue 17-Apr-18 07:42:22

'She'll be coming round the mountain' with lots of totally superfluous 'whoo, whoos' and ridiculous outfits included.

They still like that in the car even though at home they are much more with it at home!

Greyduster Tue 17-Apr-18 08:14:51

Too old for songs now ☹️, but ‘you are my sunshine’; ‘puff the magic dragon’; ‘the runaway train’; ‘I’m a blue toothbrush, you’re a pink toothbrush’; lots of other Uncle Mac favourites. Bedtime was quite often ‘The water is wide’; ‘Blow the wind Southerly’, and ‘The Skye Boat Song’.

Anniebach Tue 17-Apr-18 08:49:00

Myfanwy at bedtime , it was sung to me, I sang it to my daughters and we sang it to my grandchildren. Youngest loved 'Beyond The Sea' any time of day

harrigran Tue 17-Apr-18 09:00:02

From birth I sang Row, row your boat to GC whilst rocking them in my arms. I found that they quickly went off to sleep, there again it could just have been my voice grin

Grammaretto Tue 17-Apr-18 09:06:53

Isn't it wonderful how the tunes and words come into your head when you have a baby on your lap. I thought I'd long forgotten the nursery songs and rhymes. Sing a song of sixpence etc.
Now I have a 6 month old again.

pensionpat Tue 17-Apr-18 09:09:30

I love to sing, but have a truly terrible voice. Truly! My sons, 7 year age gap, each said to me when they were young "please stop singing Mummy". Didn't stop me singing to my grandson, although only if no- one was around. I am a mole and I live in a hole, octopus's garden, you are my sunshine.

Teetime Tue 17-Apr-18 09:12:45

I used to sing Morningtown Ride to DGS but he's almost 14 now and wouldn't appreciate it!!!

Greyduster Tue 17-Apr-18 09:49:26

We liked that one too, teetime.

nanasam Tue 17-Apr-18 09:58:36

DH still enthrals all with his exuberant rendition of Little White Bull, especially the 'Trotting right behind them' line.
I used to make DD giggle singing the Carpenters' Close to You. She loved the little trill at the end of 'Starlight in your eyes of Blue'. Ahh, this has brought back so many happy memories. grin

hildajenniJ Tue 17-Apr-18 10:23:19

The runaway train is a favourite here too, also Donal, where's your trousers. I don't sing them though, we ask Alexa to play them. 😃😃

KatyK Tue 17-Apr-18 10:36:11

When I was trying to get my DGD off to sleep when she was a baby, I used to sing Lazy bones, sleeping in the sun. It worked every time!

Nonnie Tue 17-Apr-18 11:24:05

All sorts when we see them but they live in another country so we mainly talk on Skype. GS3 and I have our special song Yingtong! Yes, not really a nursery rhyme, DSs were shocked and somehow thought it was racist but GS3 loves it and has now changed it to: Ying tong, ying tong, ying tong, ying tong, ying tong tiddly I poh, I love you!

rockgran Tue 17-Apr-18 12:14:10

The rocking to sleep song was always "Three wheels on my waggon" - same as for their dad when he was a baby. I also got quite good at all the words for Postman Pat and Fireman Sam.

Cherrytree59 Tue 17-Apr-18 14:18:32

Jangran Morningtown ride is also favourite to sing to my little grandsons.

Rocking to sleep Tommy Thumb where are you still works even though DGS is now four and a half.
I also sing one that my DGM sang to me Crying for a wee bawbee
However my 4 year old grandson enjoys singing scary flying shark to me and delights in singing 'it will bite you on the bum'!!

If I'm being naughty then it's a
Ye canny shove yer granny af the bus 🚌

cornishclio Tue 17-Apr-18 14:25:10

Twinkle twinkle little star is my DGDs favourite song for just before she goes to sleep. I also sing row row row the boat, heads shoulders, knees and toes, hickory dickory dock and five little ducks. She is 2 and a half and DGD2 due to be delivered this Friday as my DD in hospital at the moment. Will have to think up some new ones for baby!!

grumppa Tue 17-Apr-18 14:35:23

Au clair de la lune, Chevaliers de la table ronde, Les Avants de Bayonne, Ilkley Moor b'ah t'hat (the perfect lullaby; no infant can cope with its tedium).

Jangran99 Tue 17-Apr-18 23:45:30

Cherrytree ,I too sing
"Ally bally, ally bally bee" ,just as my own granny sang to me all those years ago! (Coulters candy).
If you are extra naughty "you can shove yer ither granny aff the bus!"grin

Grandma2213 Wed 18-Apr-18 01:10:05

Pretty well most of the songs mentioned here are part of my repertoire now I come to think of it!! Jangran99 you have also reminded me that I changed the words of several songs to fit each child. "Ally Bally..." converted nicely to my youngest DGD's name and I added 'waiting for a kiss from me'. They all still remember their songs so they must have had some impact. They all still enjoy singing (though some of the girl band songs are not to my taste!!)