Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Doll Song

I still remember my Raggedy Ann
Although she sat all torn and tattered
I am glad she was there when it really mattered.

I got an email from Mom. I am posting the lyrics to the doll song that she sang to me and the one I sing to her granddaughter. Thanks Mom!

Mom said: “I don't think that the melody matters much. Little girls just love the words.”

Dear Mom,

Big girls love it too! I still remember how you sang that song. I can hear your voice in my memories. It is one of my most treasured memories of us.

It was a secret, my love for my raggedy doll collection when I was a little girl. The cat is out of the bag now. The Raggedy life does have a special something behind the name…

I still remember the beautiful hand made raggedy you bought for me.

I was never for the porcelain pretty, I find it very beautiful but I never had the delicacy to handle them. Do you remember my little white porcelain horse I named “Dusty”? He was just a heap of glue by the time I was done with him. I loved him though.

The throw against the wall kind of things lasted a lot longer with me.

The Doll Song

"I had a doll--come from a fair,
with big blue eyes and yellow hair.
I wanted her to come and play,
but Mom made me put her away.
Once when I had the chicken pox,
My mom took her out of the box.
I stood her up and I let her fall,
and now I've got no doll at all.

'Ceptin' my ole rag doll.
You can throw 'gainst the wall.
Her eyes don't shut when she's asleep,
but she's a doll I'll always keep.
I never do comb her hair--
Cause there ain't any there.
Of all the rest, I love her best--
My little ole rag doll."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have similar sentiments about my Micronauts.

July 18, 2006 3:04 AM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Aaaww! I've never heard that one, but then, I never played with dolls, much. I should sing it to my kids, who recently tossed ALL their Barbies (because they are grown up now), but their soft baby dolls (repaired and patched by mom) still go to bed with them every night.

July 18, 2006 7:13 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Raggedy ~ I hope your mother had a lovely birthday. That was a nice post for her and I like the Raggedy song. I
see where you got the name of your blog from. I didn't have one, but had
a lovely old teddy bear and many years
later gave it to my son. My Dad was not pleased that he wrecked it. I wish
now that I had kept it. Thanks for comments. Take care, Merle.

July 18, 2006 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet song.

July 18, 2006 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raggedy Ann has a very special place in my heart ... as a child, my mom always wanted a Raggedy Ann and they could never afford it. A few years ago, she called me and said "Guess what I just bought? A Raggedy Ann doll!"

When she died two years ago, that was one of the things I made sure I took with me. It's now with my granddaughter. And will, hopefully someday, be given to HER granddaughter.

She also had a small, miniature Raggedy Ann figurine that now sits on my dresser and every morning, I walk past it and say "Good morning, Mama."

Thanks, Raggedy. My heart needed that.

July 18, 2006 10:05 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

My daughter Julia has a cloth doll that is about three feet long. She got her when we were on the road from California to Alabama when she was just a baby and she called her Baa Baa. Still has her to this day and she's fifteen. And we still call her Baa-Baa.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Raggedy.

July 18, 2006 12:28 PM  
Blogger Lois Lane said...

Awwww! Great post today! Happy belated birthday to your mommy!
Lois Lane

July 18, 2006 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sweet! I was never much for the dolls that were look-but-don't-touch, either. Give me a Raggedy Ann anyday!

July 18, 2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger Ed Bremson, MFA said...

not too much into dolls personally, but this is a tender and delicate post. Anyone can relate to that. lots o' luck

July 18, 2006 2:14 PM  
Blogger wazza said...

Gidday Raggedy, I'm glad you liked my other owl photos. The place where I was staying I rented and have now left there so where I am now is more cluttered with houses so I doubt if I'll see owls again, but this new place I'm in I have two possums that live in my roof cavity and I often see them when they come out to feed at night.

July 18, 2006 2:17 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

I can't relate to this one (you know being a guy and all). But my wife made these for our granddaughters and they are still one of their favorite things to cuddle with at night. ~ jb///

July 18, 2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

Awww - cute post. Happy birthday wishes for your mother.

July 18, 2006 10:24 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I have a friend who was apparently nicknamed Raggedy Ann at school due to her gawkiness. Considering the swan she turned into, it's hard to believe now.

July 18, 2006 10:26 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I don't recall ever hearing that song, but I like it!!

July 18, 2006 11:56 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I had one of those little monkey rag dolls when I was a kid. It was not well behalved.

July 19, 2006 7:03 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I loved it, dolls were a big part of my life as well. I never had a Raggedy Ann doll but the books were some of my favorite.

Happy birthday to your mom!

*HUUUUGS* to you!

July 19, 2006 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember the doll song, but my mom made Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for years when I was growing up. I lost mine when my house burned down and this post makes me want to make my own dolls now :)

July 22, 2006 3:24 AM  

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