This is what comes of Glee before breakfast.

Glee We've got Volume 2 of the Glee soudtrack in the car at the moment.

One of the songs is a cover of Lily Allen's Smile. It's quite catchy, but I suppose the lyric ("At first, when I see you cy, it makes me smile") is potentially confusing to really, really literal people.

People like Flea.

Hence this conversation at 8.15am this morning:

Flea: Mummy, when the little boy cries, why does the lady smile?

Me: Er, I think because it’s funny. 

Flea: Why is it funny when he cries?

Me: Maybe she doesn't like him?

Flea: Oh. [pause] Is it a little boy?

Me: Why?

Flea: Well, babies cry sometimes because they're cross.

Me: Good point. I think it's a big boy, though.

Flea: Like maybe in J1?

Me: Maybe.

Flea: Or even in J2 or J3 or J4?

Me: Sure.

Flea: Do big boys cry?

Me: Sure, sometimes. 

Flea: Do you think he's been naughty and that's why he is crying?

Me: Well, I think the boy has been unkind to the girl, and so when he cries, he sort of deserves it, and that’s why she smiles.

Flea: That’s not very kind, is it Mummy?

Me: No.

Flea: Can we listen to it again?

I think it's time to start restricting our morning music choices.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 18th March 2010 / 1:18 pm

    Lilly Allen songs are banned in this house, they are too dam catchy and I would sign along, not realising what I was signing. Not suitable for a three and four year old at all

  2. @mummyince
    18th March 2010 / 1:27 pm

    To TheMadHouse. Especially when you add in the words that the radio people have edited out. I really have to clean my mouth out before my boy gets any older!

  3. mathew
    18th March 2010 / 1:33 pm

    stick to the Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada EP by Godspeed! You Black Emperor. 2 “pieces”. a 10 minute one and a 17 minute one. don’t think it’s got any words in it.

  4. 18th March 2010 / 2:04 pm

    ha ha ha, it is so hard sometimes to censor the music isn’t it? so many of the bands and singers i love are really not appropriate. We have to be really careful here because they don’t tend to play the censored versions of Uk songs on the radio since they’re in a foreign language.
    I have had to hurriedly turn off ‘f**k you you ho, i don’t want you back’ song (can’t remember the name) before now on the car radio!

  5. 18th March 2010 / 2:08 pm

    There is so much music that I thought would be fine for children to listen to and then I started really listening to and thinking about lyrics. I feel like I’m restricted to nursery rhymes at the moment. If I have to hear “row, row, row your boat” once more I really might scream.

  6. 18th March 2010 / 3:11 pm

    Quite – we’ve had lots of songs with swearing in, but now I know how much she’s absorbing, I am clearly going to have to do some editing!

  7. 18th March 2010 / 3:11 pm

    Fortunately, Glee took out the line about fucking the girl next door. Network TV, and all that!

  8. 18th March 2010 / 3:12 pm

    Ha! Yes, we’re lucky that sort of thing isn’t played over here!

  9. 18th March 2010 / 3:13 pm

    Exactly. It’s almost worse than swearing when you realise they’re really thinking about what the lyric means and suddenly you’re asking questions about very adult emotions and responses. Tricky.