I Love You Sweet Baby: A Musical Review


Since becoming a mother, I’ve let so many of my walls come down. In years past I would fight off feelings of sentimentality that might result in tears, but now I find myself rushing headlong into sappy moments. Now that I have been consistently commuting in the mornings, I have been trying to find alternatives to the lame morning shows full of prank calls and celebrity gossip. My favorite news station doesn’t have its morning show on until 9, well after I’ve already arrived at my office, so I’ve begun to dig through some music and came across a CD that a graduate-school friend burned me for my baby shower. The first track:  Kimya Dawson’s I love You Sweet baby, which promptly made me burst into tears and smear my freshly applied mascara. Here are the lyrics:

“I Love You Sweet Baby”

The first thing in our list of things to do
Is to wake up right next to you
Second thing that we have planned
Is to kiss both of your handsThird thing that we’ll do today
Is look you in the eye and say
I love you sweet baby, I love you sweet baby
I love you more than anythingThen we’re gonna change you
Then we’re gonna feed you
Then we’re both play peek-a-boo
Then we’re gonna read to you

Then you have more milk and have some water
And we’ll smile at you and tell you we’re so glad that you’re our daughter
Then you’ll fall asleep on daddy’s lap
We’ll watch MacGyver while you take a nap

When you wake up we have more plans
Say good morning baby and kiss your hands
Then you’re gonna make a pee
In your little green potty

Then we’re gonna eat our lunch
Mash apricots for you to munch
Then you’re gonna nurse again
Then we’re gonna call our friends

Then we’ll dump out all your toys
Singin’, dancing, make some noise
Then we’re gonna take a walk
Down the street to the park

We’ll play on the see-saw, play on the slide
You’ll get tired and rub your eyes
Then we’ll go home for more nursing and sleeping
Bouncing and nursing and waking and peeing
Crawling and bouncing and dancing and hitting
Nursing and peeing and kisses and seeing

You’re an amazing human being
You’re an amazing human being
You’re an amazing human being
You’re an amazing human being

Then we’ll all cuddle in our bed
You’ll nurse to sleep, we’ll kiss your head
Good night sweet baby, I love you sweet baby
I love you more than anything
Good night sweet baby, I love you sweet baby
I love you more than anything

The first thing in our list of things to do
Is to wake up right next to you
Second thing that we have planned
Is to kiss both of your hands

Third thing that we’ll do today
Is look you in the eye and say
I love you sweet baby, I love you sweet baby
I love you more than anything

I love you sweet baby, I love you sweet baby
I love you more than anything
I love you sweet baby, I love you sweet baby
I love you more than anything

I love that this song references nursing, that it recognizes and names the fact that babies/toddlers/preschoolers/little kids/children/teenagers are all amazing human being
, and ends with the lyrics “I love you more than anything.” . Potamus isn’t amazing because he DOES something special, he is an amazing human being just for being him.
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