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Rowing in a straight line

One major downside to "Row, row, row your boat" having verses in recent British usage is that it isn't ever sung as a round in local baby groups.

On the other hand, the emphasis just generally with most these song/rhyme groups is in teaching children from an early age to have common cultural capital, rather than actual musicality or an interest in music. The sort of thing that might (should the song ever come up, which it thus far hasn't) lead them to understand why the "Old Lady" in Little Inferno is subtitled "Perhaps she'll die."


Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:13 am (UTC)
. . . and there was me thinking that singing nursery rhymes was JUST for fun . . .