The Sound of Silence: toddler version

Woman with a finger over her lips like she's hiding a secret

The Popple has been waking up at stupid o’clock recently. Despite the fact that she’s going to bed later these days, she’s getting up so early that she’s actually waking up my a-hole cat, who is a stupid o’clock riser himself.

Inspired – or perhaps driven a bit mad – by day after day of pre-dawn wake-ups, I’ve written a parody of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence about toddler life.

It’s not my best work.

But I am really, really, really tired.

The Sound of Silence

Hello 5am, my old friend
I’ve come to meet with you again
Because a child loudly weeping
Woke me up while I was sleeping
And the sound that was planted in my brain
Still remains
I miss the sound of silence

In quiet dreams I slept alone
‘Til I heard cries and checked my phone
Neath the halo of my bedside lamp
I looked at my phone timestamp
My eyes were stabbed by the flash of the mobile light
That split the night
I miss the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
One small toddler, it felt like more
A toddler talking without speaking
A toddler hearing without listening
A toddler singing songs that voices shouldn’t share
Why does she dare
Disturb the sound of silence?

“Kid,” said I
“Don’t you know that it’s too early for this show?”
Will my words ever teach you?
Does logic even reach you?”
But my toddler just continued to yell
And bellowed
I miss the sound of silence

And my toddler loudly played
Proud of the noises that she made
And I gave her a stern a warning
About how to act in the morning
And I said,
“It’s way too early to be bouncing off the walls
And running down halls”
I miss the sound of silence

If you enjoyed this, check out Rhyming with Wine. She’s does this kind of thing on her blog, only way better. 

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29 Comment

  1. Oh I love this so much! We are definitely on the same wave length as I attempted the same parody on my Facebook page last week but I only managed the first verse! My hat goes off to you – It’s brilliant! This bit: “A toddler talking without speaking
    A toddler hearing without listening
    A toddler singing songs that voices shouldn’t share” Paints so many pictures haha. I’ve already submitted my next Britmums round-up, but I’ll bookmark for my next one! Thank you for the lovely mention too! *blushes* xx

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Wow – I had no idea that you did one too! Great minds think alike, eh? Thanks for keeping me in mind for the next Britmums round-up. And you totally deserved a mention – you’re the master of the rhyming parody!

    2. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Wow – I had no idea that you did one too! Great minds think alike, eh? Thanks for keeping me in mind for the next Britmums round-up. And you totally deserved a mention – you’re the master of the rhyming parody!

      1. Great minds indeed. I think I was inspired by the Trolls movie and that short version. (If you haven’t seen it it’s brilliant. Even if The Popple isn’t big enough yet just watch it anyway. It’s happiness in a box!) Thanks for linking up with #DreamTeam x

  2. Very cool. Now I have it in my head for today! #dreamteam

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Thanks! At least there are worse songs to have in your head.

  3. I totally sang this instead of reading it! #DreamTeam

  4. Ahhh I loved it….I’ve tried to write a few rhymes too but they are basically crap. Great post. #DreamTeam

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Thanks! Rhyming can be tough, but it feels SO goos when you get it right.

  5. Brilliant one, this. Sang it aloud too:) I love a good parody, and this one’s fab!
    #DreamTeam

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Thanks so much!

      1. Popping back again from #StayClassyMama (and had a re-read too;))

  6. This is great! I love
    ‘And my toddler loudly played
    Proud of the noises that she made’
    As they are all about themselves and have no idea how they’re making us feel. You should write more. If you get a chance check out my poems. #dreamteam

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Thanks – used to write more rhyming poems and really enjoyed it, so maybe I should make this a regular thing. Will go check out your stuff!

  7. This is brilliant! I am a massive fan of Rhyming with Wine and I think you are definitely competing with this one. Why-oh-why do they decide to wake early when they also go to sleep late?!?! Hope you get some sleep soon! #FamilyFunLinky

  8. This is really good, I miss the sound of silence too and I’m all too familiar with 5am!
    #dreamteam

  9. This is brilliant!
    #FamilyFun

  10. Oh this is brilliant. I was singing it in my head as I was reading. Perfectly captures those far-too-loud early mornings with a little ones. I miss the sound of silence too – although on those rare moments when I do get it, I immediately wonder what mischief is being made! #familyfunlinky

  11. I sang along (silently!) as I was reading as we’ve all been here! So funny … 🙂

  12. This is brilliant! #dreamteam

  13. Hee hee – I can relate to this and it did make me smile. #familyfunlinky xx

  14. Ah Katie this is absolutely brilliant and so very clever. I am always so impressed with people who rhyme so well. I hope you get some later starts soon, go when did 7am become the new lie in eh?! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  15. haha … very clever. I have an early morning riser too but on the plus side she goes to bed at 07.30pm on the dot and hardly ever fights it. On the other hand I have the younger one who hates going to bed, but can sleep quite easily until 07.00am. Heaven forbid they actually sync up, mommy might actually have a life!
    #fridayfrolics

  16. There are no words other than GENIUS! I have one child that sleeps well, the other is Maggie Thatcher and just as scary at 4am in the morning! She only needs 4 hours sleep. Arrrrrgh #FridayFrolics

  17. Love this! How clever. Great job. Toddlers.
    #fridayfrolics

  18. Genius! At least your toddler sings songs. Mine wakes up screaming and shouting ‘i’m upside down’ ‘I’m awake’ ‘finished sleeping’ ‘get me out’ !!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  19. Ha ha, love it. I’ll never hear the song the same way again 😂
    #FamilyFun

  20. Brilliant. My kids have had two late nights in a row so the husband and I thought we were on for a bit of a lie in this morning. They both got up even earlier than normal! Today shall be fun! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  21. Haha – love it! Considered parodying this one myself, but never got round to it – we are all searching for the sound of silence! Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

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