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Have you ever noticed how depressing some kids’ songs are?

“You are my sunshine” – an unrequited love that leaves the singer in tears.

The other night dear
As I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
When I awoke dear
I was mistaken
And I held
My head
And cried

“Puff the Magic Dragon” – the dragon gets so sad his friend is gone, he hides off in his cave and doesn’t come out.

A dragon lives forever but not so little boys 
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys. 
One grey night it happened, Jackie paper came no more 
And puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar. 

His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain, 
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane. 
Without his life-long friend, puff could not be brave, 
So puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave. oh! 

“Hi Lili Hi Lo” – love is a very sad thing, a tale of woe, and leads only to heartache.

A song of love is a sad song,
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
A song of love is a song of woe
Don’t ask me how I know
A song of love is a sad song
For I have loved and it’s so
I sit at the window and watch the rain,
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Tomorrow I’ll probably love again,
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo.

I wonder why the songs are so… sad… less than hopeful. I didn’t think anything of it as a kid — I just enjoyed the music and dancing and singing along.

Maybe I need to get back to that place again.

Back in the day…

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