Sometimes I listen to popular songs on the radio, and realize that they are about parenting. Sure, the writer and the singer intended them to be love songs between a man and a woman, but occasionally, it makes so much more sense in a parent/child relationship.
Consider the following:
Haven’t Met You Yet: Sung by Michale Buble, written by Michael Buble, Alan Chang, and Amy Foster-Giles
This is a song that’s heard on the radio quite frequently these days, but have you ever thought about the words, and how they could apply to the way a mother feels when pregnant. The chorus is self-explanatory….
And I know some day that it’ll all turn out
You’ll make me work so we can work to work it out
And I promise you kid that I’ll give so much more than I get
I just haven’t met you yet
“You’ll make me work”, that line always makes me chuckle now. It’s true of children in every way imagineable. But it gets better. The third verse says:
I might have to wait, I’ll never give up
I guess it’s half timing and the other half’s luck
Wherever you are, whenever it’s right
You’ll come out of nowhere and into my life
And I know that we can be so amazing
And baby your love is gonna change me
And now I can see every possibility…
Remember, think pregnancy. The agonizing wait for the due date (And sometimes beyond), and then out of nowhere, suddenly you’re a parent, and your entire world has changed in a moment. The love of that baby and the love you feel for him or her truly does change a person forever. Oh, Michael Buble, I know it’s not what you intended when you sung this song, but it certainly makes me cry every time I hear it now.
I Thought I Loved You Then: By Brad Paisley
This one just might bring tears. So much of the song is applicable and while the other verses make it clear that this song is about a man and a woman, these little snippets that belong to moms and dads are just beautiful.
“I remember trying not to stare
The night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized…”
“…Now you’re my whole life
Now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe
The way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than its ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then…”
To watching your daughter grow into a young woman with kids of her own. Can you even imagine how precious that will be?
“…I can just see you
With a baby on the way
I can just see you
When your hair is turning grey
What I can’t see
Is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before…”
Hot & Cold: By Katy Perry and Max Martin
Enough with the sentimental, let’s remember the other side of parenting too. Sure, I know this song was intended to be about a flighty guy, that couldn’t make up his mind about his girlfriend, but thinking about the daily behavior of toddlers, and what you feel like when dealing with them, sure does add an extra layer of awesome to this song.
“You change your mind
Like a girl changes clothes.
‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up”
Maybe it helps that my kids always seem to bounce off the walls and run around like hooligans when this peppy song comes on Pandora, but thinking of it applying to toddlers is much more appropriate in our house, since my husband is the opposite of flighty in every way.
Do you ever listen to songs on the radio and apply them to parenthood? What are some of your favorites?