What Lullabies and New Year's Resolutions Have In Common
Many of you who have had kids will remember this very popular song:
Are you sleeping, are you sleeping,
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing! Morning Bells are ringing!
Ding Dang Dong! Ding Dang Dong!
The origin of the song is French and it is called Frère Jacques, which translates in English to Friar John. You can easily imagine that it was written somewhere deep in a monastery on a particularly snowy day in the French Alps, by a fellow brother in a half-jesting, half-mocking way to tease a very sleepy monk who could not wake up in the mornings.
It is a little ironic, I think, once you actually notice the lyrics and realize that they have exactly the opposite intention of a lullaby!