Timber, Get Lucky And Blow My Whistle

Isn’t it great to listen to little kids sing out loud (well I know they don’t always hit the note, but who does…)? I love it. They seem so happy.

But there is something slightly weird or wrong listening to a group of 5-8 year old girls leave the dance studio and singing:

“It’s going down, I’m yelling timber. You better move, you better dance…”
or
“She’s up all night to the sun, I’m up all night to get some. She’s up all night for good fun, I’m up all night to get lucky.”
or
“Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby. Let me know girl. I’m gonna show you how to do it…”

I mean: Seriously?

Dear Dance Instructors out there: I totally understand that songs like that might be catchy. But keep in mind that your little students might leave your studio singing the lyrics, which are for sure not appropriate for this age group, out loud.

And if it is not just for the fact that it is highly inappropriate, just bare in mind, that there might be creeps out there, who could find themselves turned on by a 5,6,7 or 8 year old singing “I’m gonna show you how to whistle, baby…”

Just a thought…

33 thoughts on “Timber, Get Lucky And Blow My Whistle

  1. I have known moms who changed dance studios because of the lyrics or songs used–but I never did that myself. Often the instructors are more concerned with what is popular than with what is appropriate. (Now my daughter dances mostly ballet, so the lyrics aren’t a problem.)

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    • I know! I understand that a catchy melody is important. But there are enough other songs out there. I have to admit that my daughters instructor is really good. But she is probably about 30 and the others are younger. And they really either don’t listen to the lyrics or don’t care or they just don’t understand what it is about (which I highly doubt nowadays). I would not change studio but I approach them if I find it inappropriate. And usually that helps.

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  2. Trying to find a decent station for car journeys poses the same problem. We have a radio station that thinks it’s okay to leave in or dub over the swear words really badly. Classic.fm ends up being turned up so we can all enjoy music without the bad lyrics or crass insinuations about sex.

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  3. The music scene really needs to change. We need catchy songs with decent lyrics. There really aren’t many catchy songs nowadays that are dance-worthy with good lyrics! Its frustrating to sometimes find myself singing these crass songs in my head because it was repeated God-knows how many times on the radio during a 15 min car ride!

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  4. I am lucky my husband has a recording studio and he can give me tracts to the music I want to use when I teach creative movement (dance) to my drama students, all ages. He can delete lyrics and get right down to the rhythm and bass I want to use. I hope you talk to the dance instructors and help them find solutions. I know it’s tough to take out the lyrics. My team teacher showed a You Tube video of a man drawing a perspective piece in chalk on the street. The song was Scarecrow and the high school kids could quickly see that the lyrics had nothing to do with the drawing. Come on now.

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  5. So this is really random but your post just reminded me of this (and also the fact that your first language isn’t English). A while back (but some time this year) I read the 50 Shades of Grey series and I posted my progress on Goodreads. My Goodreads is connected to my Facebook and my dad’s boss just so happens to be one of my friends. A few days after the post was placed on Facebook my dad’s boss was like ‘so, you read 50 shades of grey, does your dad know what that’s about?’

    And my first thought was ‘is he going to tell him?’ and my second was ‘of course he doesn’t’

    Then we all (there were some other business people there) started talking about how old someone should be to read that kind of material. I was probably twenty at the time (or maybe twenty one, hmmm…ha, I make it seem like it was so long ago) and my thought was ‘why can’t i read this stuff?’

    And so that makes me think about what age is appropriate for what things.

    My brother is nine and he listens to some very aggressive dialogue on the internet (I’d probably cover my ears! Dx) but we don’t really care as long as he doesn’t repeat what he’s heard. Then there’s this kid of an ex-coworker who was shown a masturbation video in his health class (I found this to be disturbing but kind of not? It’s weird).

    And how active and aware parents are, especially when language is a barrier.

    I mean, I know what not to tell my parents and I’m the family translator

    (just random stuff I remembered, hope you don’t mind me sharing, also, in response to this post and lyrics, I don’t find it wrong I suppose, I mean some people don’t even realize like you said, I don’t even know what half the stuff I listen to says even though I can sing along to songs /weird/ But then I’m not a mom, I’m only a second mom xD)

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  6. When I have the radio playing in the car and I have my 5 year old signing to some songs… I feel like I’m not doing my job as a mother lol
    Some do the words he innocently sings along to sounds wrong coming from an oblivious 5 year old.

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  7. Repetition and a catchy beat are what advertisers use to sell their products. And considering the fact that large corporations, who are not going to waste their shareholders money, spend billions of dollars each year on advertising, I’d say it is effective. Remember Subliminal Seduction? So what are these songs selling our kids? What are they pounding into their brains? When my daughter was a toddler I took her to the neighborhood park. The little boy climbing on the monkey bars next to her sang every word to a very violent, disturbing song. He looked like he was four. How many times did he hear it in order to know every word? I’m sure he had no idea what he was singing, but I shudder to think about the environment in which he was being raised. Kudos to all you parents who turn the radio off, or change the station, when your kids are in the car. You might want to put something positive into your own brains, too. As long as we keep listening, they’ll keep producing. And they’ll keep pushing the envelop into newer and more disturbing places.

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  8. Because I don’t listen to any of this stuff (a conscious decision I made years ago) anymore, all I can really add to this conversation, is that the time of my choice to listen only to relatively soft, uplifting music, with lyrics that were at least not down-right hostile, pretty much coincided with what I now realize was my journey away from my own participation in the violence of this everyday world, and the development of the inner strength I could never find until that time, that allows me today to just walk away without feeling I have to prove anything. I’m not saying it’s a magic formula for world peace or anything like that, but I do see the practice of guarding ourselves against all the useless violent garbage that the world wants to input into our brains every moment of every day as a way of taking at least one little step towards creating a more peaceful environment. Just saying.

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    • But it kind of is… Talking about brainwashed and so… It sort of starts there. If our kids only here that girls have to poledance and shake their butts for the guys to be happy and the boys onky hear that they have to go out and hit, stab or shoot someone to be cool… I guess it kind of manifests in their minds…

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