Ode to Sleep Lost

(Mary Blake)

Humorous lamentation of the sleep deprived father of a young child or young children. I conceived this song as a variation on the beloved nursery rhyme, "Hey, Diddle, Diddle", to the tune I heard when I was a child.

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Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon, The baby’s awake with a bellyache, And the morning is coming too soon, too soon And the morning is coming too soon. Oh, fiddle, faddle, I’m tired of this battle, I’m weary, exhausted, half-dead; We rock and we sing, we’ve tried everything, But we can’t seem to get him to bed! We can’t seem to get him to bed, No! We just can’t seem to get him to bed! It’s the same every night, We just can’t get it right, And we can’t seem to get him to bed! Hey, tiddle, toddle, we croon and we coddle, We sleepwalk all night, bleary eyed, She dozes in arms, it works like a charm! But when we put her down, she just cries, and cries, When we put her down, she just cries! Oh, kibble, kobble, I weave and I wobble, It seems that it’s my turn again, My warm covers mock, but it’s three o’clock, And now she’s had the baby since ten. And we can’t seem to get her to bed, No! We just can’t seem to get her to bed! XXXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXX XXX XX XXXXXX XXX XX XXXXXXX XXXX XX XXX XXX XX XXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXX XX XX XXX XXX XXXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXXXXXXX X XXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXX X XXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXX XX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXX XX XXXXXXX XXXX XX XXX XXXX XX XXXX XXX XX XXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XX XXX XXXX XX XXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXX XXX XX XXXXXX XXX XX XXXXXXX XXXX XX XXX XXXX XX XXXX