As a mom (and teacher), I strive everyday to engage, nurture, and expand the mind of my little one.
Here you will find the books, music, and activities most useful to me in my endeavors.

Friday, August 28, 2009

An Original Clean Up Song, Just For You

I got an email request from a good friend, known in blogland as Chitown Momma.

Do you know of a clean up song that is tolerable??? Not make me want to slit my wrists annoying...thanks!

I guessed she was referring to this little ditty ... a classic in its own right ...
Clean up, Clean up
Everybody, Everywhere
Clean up, Clean up
Everybody do your share

I replied ...
Hmmmm ... seems like we should put our creative genius together and write our own Clean up Song ... to the tune of a popular song we can tolerate. I'll get CPV's brain working on it, too ... he'll probably want to include the kazoo :)

And that's just what we did - hubby and I collaborated last night on a new Clean Up Song, Just for You (and Chitown Momma, of course).

We started with Clean Up sung to the tune of Michael Jackson's Beat It, but it just didn't come together.

I moved on to my hip-hop roots and gave It's Such a Mess in Here - to the tune of Nelly's It's Getting Hot in Here - a good long try ... but again, it just didn't click.

Still feeling a little hip-hop and a little old school, CPV threw out this version to the tune of Salt-n-Peppa's Let's Talk About Sex ...

Let's talk about this mess, Baby
Let's talk about you and me
Picking up all the books and the toys
That you can see
Let's talk a-bout this mess ...

While waiting in line at Mickey D's for a yummy 'nilla cone, the song You're the One That I Want from Grease was playing over the radio. Inspiration comes in strange places, and our new catchy, danceable Clean Up song was born ...

To the tune of "You're the One That I Want" (Grease)
You've got toys
They're multiplying
And Mommy's losing her mind
'Cuz the mess it keeps growing
It's so annoying

You better clean up
'Cuz you made this mess
And I really need your help
You better clean up
You better lend a hand
All these toys must go away

(so much left, so much left for us to do)

It's time to clean up
Please pick up all your toys
Oh, Oh, Ooh, ______________ (child's name)
It's time to clean up

Please pick up all your toys
Oh, Oh, Ooh, ______________ (child's name)

As you are doing your daily toy round-up, please feel free to sing this original Clean Up Song ... may it bring a little joy to a routine task!


Laura and Kelly Allen said...

Love it! Kell and I were singing about poopie diapers to R. Kelly's Bump and Grind this afternoon. Good times.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

It's amazing the little ditties we come up with to help persuade our kids! Mine get songs for everything from picking up to brushing teeth to finishing meals. I think I sing more often than I talk (unless you count saying "no"). :)

Jessica said...

Love it! I was just looking for a good Clean Up song last week and *hated* the Barney one. Thanks! :-)

ck said...

ooohhhhh's totally stuck in my head now. "you better clean up, 'cause you made this mess..."

And since it's Saturday Sharefest, I'll be sure to share this song with my girls all day!

Helene said...

OMG, this is clever....I LOVE it!!!! My kids would probably love it too, but I'm not convinced it would actually help them to clean up. I'd pretty much have to stand on my head while singing and I'm not even sure that would work!!

Stopping from SITS Sharefest

Chi-town momma said...

You and that CPV are hilarious! I love that you made it a family challenge! THanks for the new little ditty - it met all my crieteria!

Deann said...

He he :-) Love the Greese rendition!