You may have heard of Rockabye Baby.

It is a collection of rock music songs played on simple instruments to make it more friendly to newborns and very young children.

I first learned of it when one of my friends sent me the Led Zeppelin and Beatles CD's. These albums are awesome. They are spot on remakes of my all time favorites. Super cool. So, I went to Spotify to see what else was out there, and put the full list on shuffle.

Pretty soon, I found myself humming along to a familiar sound. Then the lyrics came out of my mouth, as I was changing my baby.

'Drivin' that train, high on..." Wait. What? Am I singing Casey Jones by the Grateful Dead to my baby?

Yes, I was.

That inspired this list of five songs that Rockabye Baby music rerecorded, but probably shouldn't have.

  • 1

    Casey Jones - The Grateful Dead

    Switchman sleepin' train, 102, is on the wrong track and headed for you.

    Drivin' that train, high on cocaine. Casey Jones you better watch your speed.

    Trouble ahead, trouble behind, and you know that notion just crossed my mind.

    It's an all time Dead classic, but I change the lyrics to something like 'munchin' romaine', or 'life is not plain'. I know he doesn't understand English yet, but he does comprehend vibe.

  • 2

    AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long

    Working double time
    On the seduction line
    She was one of a kind, she's just mine all mine
    Wanted no applause
    Just another course
    Made a meal out of me and came back for more
    Had to cool me down
    To take another round
    Now I'm back in the ring to take another swing
    'Cause the walls were shaking
    The earth was quaking
    My mind was aching
    And we were making it and you

    Our baby shakes us all night long, but not in that way. 'Made a meal out of me, and come back for more'? Good thing it's instrumental!

  • 3

    Judas Priest - Breaking the Law

    There I was completely wasting, out of work and down
    All inside it's so frustrating as I drift from town to town
    Feel as though nobody cares if I live or die
    So I might as well begin to put some action in my life

    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law

    So much for the golden future, I can't even start
    I've had every promise broken, there's anger in my heart
    You don't know what it's like, you don't have a clue
    If you did you'd find yourselves doing the same thing too

    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law

    Yeah. No.

  • 4

    Kanye West - Golddigger

    She ain't messin' with no broke...broke.

    It's very hilarious to hear this song played on toy pianos.

  • 5

    Nine Inch Nails - Hurt

    I hurt myself today
    To see if I still feel
    I focus on the pain
    The only thing that's real

    The needle tears a hole
    The old familiar sting
    Try to kill it all away
    But I remember everything

    What have I become?
    My sweetest friend
    Everyone I know
    Goes away in the end
    If you could have it all
    My empire of dirt
    I will let you down
    I will make you hurt

    My son will be free to indulge in whatever kind of disaffected frustration he likes when he is older, and understands that such feelings exist. Until then, the music of Nine Inch Nails will stay on the big boy playlist.