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Looking for Sweet Songs Written About or to Children, Especially Little Boys


I am looking for sweet songs written about or to children, especially little boys to run during a slide show of pictures of my son we are showing at his 2nd birthday party. All I can think of right now is Forever Young by Bob Dylan and Beautiful Boy by John Lennon. Can anyone think of any others? Hopefully soon as his party is this Sunday, March 1st!


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I love Raffi's "All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family" Catchy little melody, too.

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I've always loves "A New Day" by celine dion. And "arms wide open" by creed is quite beautiful too. It's more about the upcoming birth of a child but the hopes he sings about make me teary. Have fun and good luck!

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There's a song from a little-known of-Broadway show called Starmites - "My Little Hero." I sing it to my almost-three-year-old every night before bed.

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One of my favorites is "The One Who Knows" by Dar Williams, off of her album, The Beauty of the Rain. It could be sung to a boy or a girl. It is actually the song we danced the father/daughter--mother/son dance to at my wedding:

Time it was I had a dream,
And you're that dream come true.
And if I had the world to give,
I'd give it all to you.
I'll take you to the mountains,
I will take you to the sea,
I'll show you how this life became
A miracle to me.

You'll fly away,
But take my hand until that day,
So when they ask how far love goes,
When my job's done, you'll be the one who knows.

All the things you treasure most
Will be the hardest won.
I will watch you struggle on
'For the answers come.
But I won't make it harder;
I'll be there to cheer you on.
I'll shine the light that guides you down
The road you're walking on.

You'll fly away,
But take my hand until that day,
So when they ask how far love goes,
When my job's done, you'll be the one who knows.

Before the mountains call to you,
Before you leave this home,
I will teach your heart to trust
As I teach my own.
But sometimes I will ask the moon
Where it shined upon you last,
And shake my head and laugh and say
'It all went by so fast.'

You'll fly away,
But take my hand until that day,
So when they ask how far love goes,
When my job's done, you'll be the one who knows.

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I love Raffi's "All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family" Catchy little melody, too.

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"Baby Mine" either by Bette Midler or Alison Kraus. I sing it every night to my 1 year old daughter and 3 year old son. Alison Kraus's version is better. The original song was from Dumbo.

"Baby Mine don't you cry. Baby Mine dry your eyes. Rest your head, close to my heart, never to part, baby of mine.

Little one when you play, don't you mind what they say. Let those eyes, sparkle and shine, never a tear, baby of mine.

If they knew sweet little you, they'd end up, loving you too. All those same people who scold you, what they'd give just for the right to hold you.

From your head down to your toes, your not much, goodness knows. But your so special to me, sweet as can be, baby of mine."

I sometimes change up the last verse like this:

"From your head down to your toes, your so sweet, goodness knows, and your so special to me, cute as can be, baby of mine."

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Rod Stewart has a nice slow version of "Forever Young" on his "The Very Best of" CD (I think that is the one). Also Billy Joel's "Lullabye" is wonderful. The Pretenders "Loving You is All I know" is so sweet.

Raffi's "Quiet Time" CD version of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Love that whole CD!

If the video highlights how special the day is for you too, Mom, then I don't think you can ever go wrong with 10,000 Maniacs, "These are the days." I'm sure whatever you choose will be spectacular!

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Hello S.,

The best and first song that comes to mind is "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" by John Lennon, he wrote it for his son Sean.

It is a great song.

Hopes this helps!


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I've always loves "A New Day" by celine dion. And "arms wide open" by creed is quite beautiful too. It's more about the upcoming birth of a child but the hopes he sings about make me teary. Have fun and good luck!

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Hi S.,
I do slideshows of my kids every year as gifts to my parents and in-laws and I have used some great songs...just this year I did a tribute to my 3 year old son to Beautiful Boy... however, I used the Celine Dion version off of her "Miracle" album. It is a fantastic version and I liked it more because it was being sung from mother to son. In fact, check out that whole album... it has some really sweet songs. Some other great songs are "I Hope You Dance" by Leann Womack, "My Wish" by Rascal Flats, "Beautiful Life" by Fisher, there's always the awesome "Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World" combo song by Iz.
One year I used all oldie/classic/kiddie songs like "A Bushel & A Peck", "Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", A, You're Adorable", "Babyface" etc.... that year was a huge hit!!
Good luck finding the song that suits you/your son the best. I'd love to know what you end up using and/or if you find any other good ones as I am already thinking about next year's songs!!
Have fun celebrating

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Hi S.,
I make a slide show every year for my son's birthday. He turned 3 in Jan. and finding songs for little boys is getting tougher! I saw someone had suggested My Wish by Rascal Flatts. It's beautiful! I cry everytime I hear it. I also used Forever young. I always have a section of my son with other members of the family and friends and I title it "People who love me". I've used How sweet it is to be loved by you by James Taylor, I hope you dance by Lee Ann Womack (another tear jerker), Moving right along by the muppets, Thank God for Kids by Kenny Chesney, You are the sunshine of my life by Stevie Wonder. There are several others and I can't remember them right now, but I hope these help :o)

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One song that I think is so beautiful is "Baby of Mine" from the Disney movie Dumbo - my sister-in-law began singing that to my nephew from the moment he was born and still does (he's now 12) - I'm not sure if this is what your looking for, but figured I'd throw it out there. This is a really nice thing you'll be doing for your son - enjoy his big day!

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My all-time fave: The things we've handed down, by Marc Cohn.

The Things We’ve Handed Down

Don’t know much about you
Don’t know who you are
We’ve been doing fine without you
But we could only go so far

Don’t know why you chose us
Were you watching from above
s there someone there that knows us
Said we’d give you all our love

Will you laugh just like your mother
Will you sigh like your old man
Will some things skip a generation
Like I’ve heard they often can

Are you a poet or a dancer
A devil or a clown
Or a strange new combination of
The things we’ve handed down

I wonder who you’ll look like
Will your hair fall down and curl
Will you be a mama’s boy
Or daddy’s little girl

Will you be a sad reminder
Of what’s been lost along the way
Maybe you can help me find her
In the things you do and say

And these things that we have given you
They are not so easily found
But you can thank us later
For the things we’ve handed down

You may not always be so grateful
For the way that you were made
Some feature of your father’s
That you’d gladly sell or trade

And one day you may look at us
And say that you were cursed
But over time that line has been
Extremely well rehearsed

By our fathers, and their fathers
In some old and distant town
From places no one here remembers
Come the things we’ve handed down

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At my preschool graduation last year I did a slide show to the song "Let them be little" everyone was in tears its a great song I am not sure of the artist. This year I am doing "There you'll be" by Faith Hill. There are so many great songs. "You are the sunshine of my life" You can go to a website like "You Tube" and type in love songs and then go through them to get ideas. Hope this helps and congratulations on your son's birthday.

There's a great song by Toby Keith (country artist) called "Heart to Heart". It's a beautiful song- my husband danced to it with his mother at our wedding- about a mother and her little boy. I get teary every time I hear it!

My son and I love to rock at night to a song called "Baby Mine" from the Disney "Lullabye" CD.

Great idea and good luck!

I needed to pick a song for my son's Christening video and was thinking and thinking... what ended up being so special was using my wedding song--- the song was special for my husband and I and about love... not sur what song you used for your weddding, but that might be a nice way to bring everything full circle--- marriage and the love it created in your son...

There are two that I know of - Dixie Chicks, GodSpeed (I sang that song while I was pregnant to my son) I still sing it to him. They also have another song called Lullaby. They are both great songs and would go well with a slide show of your little boy.

Don't know if this will be any help but try this site it has alot of songs for kids . http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/musicchild.htm

There is a really sweet song by the DIXIE CHICKS CALLED GODSPEED (SWEET DREAMS). It is on their Home album.

There's a great CD called "Daddies Sing Goodnight," with a lot of good candidates by various artists. I particularly like "Little One." A couple of excerpts:

Oh, little one, with your eyes of blue,
Don't you know that Mommy and Daddy love you
More than all the world?
My little one.

Oh, little one, when it's time for bed,
And you've got lizard eyes, old sleepyhead,
In your mother's arms, and she tucks you in,
You've got it made, now don't you?

Oh, little one, will you ever see
Just how much you mean to your mother and me?
I guess you'll have to wait till you have your own.
That's what it took for me.

Oh, little one, with your hair of gold,
As the years go by and I grow old,
You'll always be my little one.

The Amazon review of the album is at http://www.amazon.com/Daddies-Sing-GoodNight-Collection-S....
An excerpt:
"Daddies Sing Good Night proves that men are no less tender in nurturing their wee ones. Or at least that's true of these men--including Jesse Winchester, Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, and the late Townes Van Zandt--who wrote the songs for their own offspring, and, in their day jobs, rank among the finest practitioners of folk, country, and bluegrass."

Have a great party!

I love to see women who are older with childre, I'm 43 and our Louis is 3 y/o! For his birthday I made CDs for his friends. Deniece Williams has a beautiful CD: "Lullabies to DreamLand." Precious music for precious children! It's pretty old, but Google it! If u can't find it, I can burn a copy of mine and mail it to you. Btw, she is Christian, so the songs have a religious base to to it.

There's a good version of Forever Young by Audra Mae. Its really beautiful. If you have trouble finding it, you might search for music from season 1 of Sons of Anarchy.

How about the Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston?
It talks about the children being our future. It should be good for boys and girls. May the party be very nice.

I second the vote for "Lullabye" by the Dixie Chicks and will toss another one out there: the Sheryl Crow version of Sweet Child of Mine.

along with all the other great songs that were mentioned, my personal favorite is by Richard Marx called Angel's Lullaby. Good luck and Happy Birthday to your son!!


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