I didn’t know very many children’s songs before Bea came along so when the wee one showed signs of liking the sound of my singing voice (she’ll grow out of that quickly), I often found myself struggling with lyrics.
‘Hush little baby, don’t scream all day… Momma’s gonna buy you a Mocking Jay’. Etc.
When I did finally get the lyrics right for that particular traditional lullaby (thank you Google), my other half commented that the song was pretty materialistic.
‘Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Momma’s gonna buy you a Mockingbird.
‘And if that Mockingbird don’t sing, Momma’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.’ Etc.
So with civic pride in mind, and to help out all those mommas who like to keep their children’s minds free of material desires, here is that famous lullaby rewritten for a Vancouver audience.
Hush little baby, don’t say a word
Mamma’s gonna bring you down to Science World
And if that Science World fills up
Mamma’s gonna bring you to the Women’s World Cup
And if the Women’s World Cup games run late
Mamma’s gonna take you over Lion’s Gate
And if that bridge gives us a bumpy ride
Mamma’s gonna take you to Davie for Pride
And if a place to watch is out of reach
Mamma’s gonna take you down to Second Beach
And if that Second Beach smells of grass
Mamma’s gonna get you a Grouse Mountain pass
And if Grouse Mountain has no snow
Well you’ll still be the cutest little baby in tow