When I was six years old, my grandfather suffered a heart attack while staying with us and spent some time in the hospital. My father borrowed a neighbor’s video recorder and the family filmed a get well video. It might be the only video that exists from before I was 15. This was 1982. In the video, I sang Simon & Garfunkle’s “Cecillia”. After I grew up, I always thought it was funny that at that age I was singing lyrics like:

Making love in the afternoon with Cecilia
Up in my bedroom (making love)
I got up to wash my face
When I come back to bed
Someone’s taken my place

Fast forward to the past few weeks. My daughter’s been obsessed with the movie Little Shop of Horrors. She’s been way more into music lately so I’ve been encouraging that by playing more of her music. I had the soundtrack in my collection so have been playing that around the house and in the car. She knows the order of the songs, what each part of the movie was about and now sings most of them. While I was driving today, I actually focused on what she was singing. Here are a few of the lyrics:

Uptown you cater to a million whores.
You disinfect terrazzo on their
bathroom floors.


When I was younger, just a bad little kid,
My mama noticed funny things I did,
Like shootin’ puppies with a B B gun
I’d poison guppies, and when I was done
I’d find a pussycat and bash in its head

It’s amazing how fast they become exposed to the world. I don’t think hiding/banning these things is the right thing to do so I’ll be sure to start having actually conversations with her about the things she’s singing. There will be lots of conversations in the future about men like Steve Martin’s character that exist in the world. For tonight though, I’ll just keep enjoying the fact she thinks some ginormous plants eat mean people.

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