Friday, March 13, 2009

Seriously, what are we teaching our kids???

In a cavern, In a canyon, Excavating for a mine, Dwelt a miner forty-niner, And his daughter Clementine.

Chorus: Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine.

Repeat chorus Light she was and like a fairy, And her shoes were number nine; Herring boxes, without topses, Sandals were for Clementine.

Repeat chorus

Drove she ducklings to the water, Every morning just at nine;

Hit her foot against a splinter, Fell into the foaming brine.

Repeat chorus

Ruby lips above the water, Blowing bubbles, soft and fine;

But Alas! I was no swimmer, So I lost my Clementine.

Repeat chorus

When the miner forty-niner,Soon began to peak and pine,

Thought he oughter "jine" his daughter,Now he's with his clementine.

Repeat chorus

In a corner of the churchyard,Where the myrtle boughs entwine,

Grow the roses in their poses, Fertilized by Clementine.

Repeat chorus

In my dreams she still doth haunt me, Robed in garments soaked in brine.

Though in life I used to hug her, Now she's dead, I'll draw the line.

Repeat chorus

How I missed her, how I missed her How I missed my Clementine.

So I kissed her little sister, And forgot my Clementine.

Repeat chorus

Now you Boy Scouts, there's a moral To this little tale of mine.

Artificial respiration, Would have saved my Clementine.

OH.MY.GOD. I remember learning this song in school, but I don't remember being taught THESE lyrics! What a horrible song!!!

7 comments:

Matt, Kara and Hunter said...

That is pretty damn dark!

OHN said...

I have always thought that so many kids stories and songs are horrid. I remember when I was little a babysitter teaching me the prayer "Now I lay me down to sleep"...when I got to the die before I wake part, I freaked and thought she was going to kill me before my mom got home!

Matthew and Michele said...

A lot of the old nursery rymes and stories were very dark.

Mongoose said...

What's wrong with it? It talks about death, grieving and learning life-saving skills. Seems like a very good song to me.

jen said...

The worst part is the little sister part..blach.

Anonymous said...

LOL! I love it. Now I know all the words :-)
Kass

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