For those interedted - part of the original inspiration for The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

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The song "Sonny Boy" is credited in the notes for "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". It is minimal in the song but was noted.

"Climb up on my knee, sonny boy
Although you're only three, sonny boy "

the original song lyrics:
"Climb upon my knee Sonny Boy
Though you’re only three, Sonny Boy
You’ve no way of knowing
There’s no way of showing
What you mean a me Sonny Boy

When there are grey skies, I don't mind the grey skies.
You make them blue, Sonny Boy.
Friends may forsake me, let ‘em all forsake me.
I still have you, Sonny Boy
You're sent from heaven and I know your worth.
You made a heaven, for me here on the earth.
When I'm old and grey dear, promise you won't stray, dear
For I love you, Sonny Boy.

When there are grey skies I don't ,I don’t mind grey skies.
You make ‘em blue, Sonny Boy.
Friends, friend may forsake me, let ‘em, let ‘em all forsake me.
I still have you, Sonny Boy
You're sent from heaven and I know your worth.
You’ve made a heaven for me here on the earth.
And the angels grew lonely
Took you because they were lonely
Now I’m a lonely too, Sonny Boy"

As a side not, I still don't understand the thinking from some people that the song "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" is a song about child abuse. To me it is directly the opposite. To me it is a song of comforting...that the child should have no worries as long as The Hand That Rocks The Cradle is mine (dad's).

And I think this is one of Mogsy's best ever lyrical compositions.




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Danny

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> As a side not, I still don't understand the thinking from some people that
> the song "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" is a song about child
> abuse. To me it is directly the opposite. To me it is a song of
> comforting...that the child should have no worries as long as The Hand
> That Rocks The Cradle is mine (dad's).

> And I think this is one of Mogsy's best ever lyrical compositions.

I don't think it's about child abuse, but I do think it's about how suffocating and selfish parental love can be. I think "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" is about the same thing.
 
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Some history of "Sonny Boy"

From the liner notes of "Al Jolson - The Best of the Decca Years":

2. Sonny Boy
(B.G. DeSylva-Lew Brown-Ray Henderson-Al Jolson)
Orchestra conducted by Morris W. Stoloff
Recorded March 27, 1946?Master #L-4142

"Sonny Boy" became the single biggest commercial song hit of Jolson's career when he introduced it in his biggest picture, "The Singing Fool" in 1928. Supposedly, DeSylva, Brown and Henderson wrote it as a joke when Jolson called them in desperate need of a song to croon to child actor Davey Lee in the film. Their gag - that there was no such thing as a song too corny for Jolson - backfired, helping make "The Singing Fool" the single highest-grossing film in the entire first decade of talkies."
 
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el-moz

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can anyone put this on yousentit.com

can anyone put this on yousentit.com
 
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