16 July 2007

The Song About the Boy Who Needs a Band-Aid

Yet another post about T3's sleepytime music, but here goes...

Trinhity is finally sleeping through the night (can I get an Amen?), but it's still not easy to get her to sleep. That whole thing where people put their kids in bed, turn out the light and poof, the child goes to sleep by themselves? Uh, no. That's never happened at our house, and frankly, I suspect that anybody who thinks that's the norm is either deluded or a bloody liar.

Anyway, Trinhity has already become a master at the "Daddy, just one more book?" routine. I'm a complete sucker for that one, too. What, am I going to encourage her *not* to read? But I have taken to reading books with her by flashlight since it's easier to kill the lights and (attempt to) transition into actual sleep. This process usually involves a song or two.

The night before last, I was upstairs trying valiantly to get Trinhity to sleep. I asked if she wanted a song. In a mix of English and Vietnamese, she requested the "song about the boy who hurt his leg and needs a band-aid." I was thoroughly stumped.

Fortunately, she's almost able to carry a tune now, so she sang a bit of it for me. That narrowed the field, and I got it right on about the third try. It turns out that the song she wanted was "Skinny Legs" by Lyle Lovett, a quirky little tune that I've been singing for her since before she was born. Here's the first verse...

See that boy with that guitar,
he's got skinny legs like I always wanted;
a girlfriend in his car, 'cause he's got
skinny legs like I always wanted.
Sister, look at me again --
would you love me if I were as skinny as him?

Just into the second line, she stopped me and said (more or less), "Yes, Daddy....the song about the boy who hurt his knee. When you're outside and you're running and you fall down and you skin your knee, then Daddy picks you up and you go inside and you get a band-aid..."

No comments: