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creepy baby story

She doesn't like to fall asleep by herself anymore, she wants someone in the room with her. Often, she whispers a song to herself before she goes to sleep. Just about any song whispered can make my skin crawl, but how about a single line: "Let my people go ... Let my people go ... Let my people go" over and over. In the dark. Yikes.

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efbq
Apr. 22nd, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)
Why 'yikes'?

My immediate guess would be that she heard it from a Passover special of some sort, so it doesn't hit my 'creepy' buttons. Where else would you think it could possibly come from?
koralleen
Apr. 22nd, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
Try it!
Sit in a dark room. Have a little kid whisper-sing the "let my people go" line from the song "Go Down, Moses". For the most accurate re-creation, have them toddlerspeak it (sorta "wet my pipple doh"). It's spooky! She does the alphabet song, too, and even THAT is a little scary.
koralleen
Apr. 22nd, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: Try it!
After further analysis, I have identified the creepy parts:

  • unvoiced song / very off-putting : fear of wrongness
  • dark / run-of-the-mill fear of the dark
  • baby brain / we can only speculate : fear of the unknown

They work in concert for a unnerving experience.
efbq
Apr. 22nd, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Try it!
Ah, yes.

You know, I found babies a LOT scarier before I had my own (and I was a pretty sought after babysitter, too...)
ednoria
Apr. 22nd, 2004 07:14 am (UTC)
Koob does something similar. Occasionally he'll be saying "duh duh duh" in the dark, then suddenly sit bolt upright saying "DUH DUH DUH!" You wonder if he's seen or heard something, or is this simply his version of "Eureka!"?

I agree though, the mysteries of baby brains can be creepy.
kugelblitz
Apr. 22nd, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
I suppose
It beats "Tear the roof off the sucker" pr "Bow Down Before the One You Serve".
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