Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Row, Row, Row Your Boat's Dark Side

You're familiar with the nursery rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat, right? If not (and seriously, how can you not know this song?), here are the lyrics:

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Although the song is a bit repetitive, it's a nice and calm song for kids. However, according to this video, there's a second verse that's a little darker.



In case you're unable to view the video, the second verse is:

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile,
don't forget to scream.


What the heck? That is not a calming or fun song for young children. Imagine that you're taking a nice relaxing trip on your boat down a stream like a dream. Good times! Then, there's a crocodile? Why is there a crocodile? It's not a friendly crocodile either. It's a crocodile that makes you want to scream.

Moral of the story: Despite the cute cartoons (though the kids' eyes are freaky), I'm not showing this video to my kid.

3 comments:

lacochran's evil twin said...

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
If you're on a Greek cruise ship
Pack an extra floaty.

What?

Sean said...

The what is that it doesn't rhyme. How can you have a nursey story without a rhyme? Partial credit.

ilyssa said...

hey...that's reid's favorite verse. there's a second verse to ring around the rosey too. the cows are in the meadows, eating buttercups. ashes, ashes, we all jump up. we love the little known verses around here!