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What is the first song you remember hearing as a child?

Asked by Theby (998 points ) April 17th, 2010

I was just remembering the first song I heard. It was at my grandmother’s house. It was so sad that I cried. I still love the song to this day although it has aged somewhat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3HInj7zw4I

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KatawaGrey's avatar

Wonderful World. My mom said that I would hear it and go right to sleep. It’s such a good song, I’m glad it’s such a big part of my childhood. :)

Facade's avatar

The theme song to TBN

susanc's avatar

A song my grandmother used to sing about planting cabbages.
We were not French. but she sang me this French song in an effort to make me cultivated before I had a chance to say no.

buster's avatar

Thriller by Michael Jackson. The video scared the shit out of me when I was 3.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I remember my grandma singing “You Are My Sunshine” (and another sweet song like that, that is lost in the muddle of my mind) in the car to me when I was 2–3.

DominicX's avatar

Oh God I don’t know. How do people remember this stuff? I’m not saying I don’t believe you, but that’s a long time to remember the very first song you ever heard. I remember getting intereststed in opera songs like Carmen and I remember listening to Mozart at a young age. I also remember “Upside Down” by the A-Teens was the first pop song I ever really got interested in but I don’t remember the first song I ever heard.

I’m pretty trashed right now; I shouldn’t even be here…

shego's avatar

I remember my sitting with my mom and she was listening to AC/DC TNT. I know not totally a song for a child, but it’s the one that I remember her humming all the time. Now it just reminds me that she was a rebbel, and a very strong woman.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@DominicX – It’s totally within the realm of possibility for people to remember things from a very early age. I remember my first Halloween when I was 2 (going on 3), I remember preschool, I remember my grandma singing to me in the car, I remember the rabies shots in the stomach I had to get when I got bitten by a dog (the shots were evidently more traumatic than the bite, which I don’t remember).. I don’t know if it has to do with intelligence or brain development, but some people remember things earlier than others.

SABOTEUR's avatar

Roger Miller’s King of the Road

tragiclikebowie's avatar

IN THE JUNGLE, THE MIGHTY JUNGLE, THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT…

thriftymaid's avatar

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
Good morning dear children
Good morning to you

jerv's avatar

The theme from Mahogany, Do you know where you’re going to

I wasn’t even walking yet, and it’s one of the few memories I have before my dad was thrown out of the house.

DarkScribe's avatar

Autumn Leaves – either Frank Sinatra or Piaf. My mother used to play them all the time.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Edith Piaf singing “Je ne Regret Rien”.

DarkScribe's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land Je ne Regret Rien”.

Another Sinatra song. I like Piaf, but prefer Nina Simone singing it. It is strange how some songs can create such enduring memories.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Piaf was singing it from real experience. She lived it.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Avec mes souvenirs J’ai allume le feu
Mes shagrins, mes plaisirs.
Je n’ai plus besoin d’eux
Balaye les amours avec leurs tremolos
Balaye pour toujours
Je reparas a zero.

Non rien de rien, Non Je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait, Ni le mal
Tout ca m’est bien egal
Non, rien de rien, Non Je ne regrette rien
C’est paye, balaye, oublie, Je me fous du passe.

ucme's avatar

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.I don’t know if you’ve heard of it or not, maybe.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Moon River was a popular song when I was seven or so. Even at that age I preferred folk music to the popular music of the day.

Brian1946's avatar

I think it was “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Sophief's avatar

Hot Chocolate – Emma.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Paul McCartney – My Love

YoH's avatar

Jesus Loves Me

Ron_C's avatar

“The Teddy Bear’s Picnic”. I don’t know how old I was but I was at least 3 yrs. old. I played it on a small 45 RPM player until the record wore out.

phoebusg's avatar

I’d like to say Imagine by John Lennon – but the truth is, it was classical music. Which is pretty cool too.

higherground's avatar

Top Of The World by the Carpenters !

gailcalled's avatar

@susanc: In the verse you add a thousand body parts;

Refrain:
Savez-vous planter les choux, à la mode, à la mode,
Savez-vous planter les choux, à la mode de chez nous?

Verse:
On les plante avec les mains (la tête le nez, les yeux, etc.), à la mode, à la mode.
On les plante avec les mains, à la mode de chez nous!

@stranger-in-a-strange-land: Piaf is pretty sophisticated for a youngster. (I’d choose MiLord.) I remember only “The Eensy Weensy- Spider.”

Piaf is pretty sophisticated for a youngster. (I’d choose MiLord.) I remember only “The Eensy Weensy- Spider.”

Michael_Huntington's avatar

It’s either “We are the Champions” or Beethoven’s Fifth.

jazmina88's avatar

yummy yummy yummy i got love in my tummy and I feel like loving you.

I sang it everywhere in second grade.

Blondesjon's avatar

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer – The Beatles

tinyfaery's avatar

I remember my dad driving me to preschool while we listened to Pink Floyd’s The Wall on the Mighty 690. I must have been about 4.

filmfann's avatar

It was a 78, and the song was called “The finish of school (was the finish of me)” I think. I have no idea who sang it, but I do remember it being a womans voice.
“They told me to get dressed for Gym, but shucks I never met him” was one of the lyrics.
That had to be around 1958, and the record was much older.

slick44's avatar

No idea, how do you people remember something like that?

faye's avatar

The theme for Hockey Night in Canada! every Saturday night and then the Juliette show theme!

gailcalled's avatar

@filmfann: I thought I heard every record made before 1958, but I have no idea what you are describing.

YoH's avatar

@slick44 I remember Jesus Loves Me because I got to lead in Sunday School hymns.

ganti_x89's avatar

Queen and scorpions music my father loves them so i grew up listeing to them.

susanc's avatar

@gailcalled : “a la mode SU chez nous”, I believe. But thanks
for the verses!! I don’t think my Gaga knew those. And yes, that is what she was called by my older cousin, so that is what she asked the rest of us to call her. Good lord. Good thing my first grandbaby calls me a dignified “Sisu”, huh?

Rage's avatar

that i remember… has to be i’m sticking with you by the velvet underground, loved that song, still do.

gailcalled's avatar

@susanc; Sisu,there is no “su” in the French language. Every text I have checked, including my real piano book, Chansons pour les enfants says “de chez nous.” As does my memory.

Here’s another example of the translation of Swann’s Way: Du côté de chez Swann.

I love “Gaga.” In any case, it is a wonderful memory and much better than Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. (Ah, vous dirai-je, maman.)

DarkScribe's avatar

@gailcalled Sisu,there is no “su” in the French language.

My French is very traditional – old fashioned – and with modern French vernacular I keep being puzzled when I am listening to radio nostalgie or similar. Much like the manner in which many English terms have changed meaning when used by our youth. I have found that su is a French word, I hear it often. It means “known”. Nevertheless, I believe that you have the lyrics correct.

trailsillustrated's avatar

what’s up pussycat – tom jones- I was in the car about 2 or 3

downtide's avatar

Lily the Pink. I thought it was funny, and used to sing it all the time (even though I never knew the meaning f the word “efficacious” until many years later).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QHOdA4OOwM

gailcalled's avatar

@DarkScribe: I forgot about savoir. J’ai su queque j’aie su. It is common. You are right. Je le sais.

lonelydragon's avatar

“Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go” or “Jukebox in my Mind” by Alabama.

talljasperman's avatar

“Rise of the valkeries” on “Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show”... “kill the wabbit… kill the wabbit”

Aster's avatar

Beautiful, Beautiful Brown Eyes.
” ” ” ”
” ” ” ”
I’ll never love blue eyes again. (Dad singing)
Then Jesus Loves Me (Sunday School )

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