February 18, 2007

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman

Jay and I have a rotating bedtime routine for the kids. One of us puts Jack to bed while the other reads to Mary and Collin reads to himself. Then, whoever put Jack to bed reads to Collin. The next night we switch. It works out quite nicely.

The routine for each child varies a little. For Mary, it's a picture book or a chapter from a beginning level chapter-book, plus a song or two.... like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," or "Goodnight My Love" (Shirley Temple, "Stowaway"). Collin gets a chapter or two from a longer tome, and doesn't usually request a song, though he does frequently ask to be carried to bed.

Jack gets a short picture book, and a song. When it's my turn, I usually sing "Baby Mine" from the movie "Dumbo." It's a sweet lullaby, and it's a fun time to cuddle. Jay used to sing it too, at Jack's insistence, even though Jay didn't know the words (Jack would correct him). But as of late, Jay has a new song he sings every time..... "Spiderman" from the original 1967 animated TV series. I know, kind of odd for a lullaby. It started because Jack requested a "Batman" song. Well, since "Duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, Batman" was too boring, Jay suggested "Spiderman" and it's been a hit with Jack.

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that Jay knew every word from all three verses. The funny thing is that now Jack knows every word. It's a crack up to hear him sing it, which he does all day long it seems.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man,
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size.
Catches thieves- just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man.

Is he strong? Listen bud.
He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing, from a thread?
Take a look, overhead.
Hey there! There goes the Spider-Man!

In the chill of night, at the scene of a crime,
like a streak of light,
he arrives, just in time!

Spider-Man, Spider-Man,
friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Wealth and fame he's ignored.
Action is his reward. To him,
life is a great big bang-up.
Wherever there's a hang-up,
you'll find the Spider-Man !!


  1. lauramurdoch8:10 PM

    I'm so glad to see the other words to Spiderman! Josh, 3, knows only the first verse. I'll have to teach the others to him. We'll be so happy to hear more rather than the same verse over and over and over again.

  2. Laura, I wish I could meet your little spiderman Josh! I miss you!

  3. sarah9:38 AM

    I have never heard the spiderman song, but I think it might be fun to have Jany perform it at the next family dinner.


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