Madame Ko (kobelladonna) wrote,
Madame Ko

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Call me Beluga

So it has recently come to my attention that there are multitudes of people out there who don't know who Raffi is. THIS IS NOT OKAY. Yesterday, I found out via Facebook that Raffi is coming to Yale to speak at a Master's Tea sponsored by Yale for UNICEF. I nearly peed my pants. RAFFI! HERE!! AT YALE!!! Those who know me well know that I do not abuse punctuation lightly. Raffi, for you poor souls who did not worship at his feet for all of your childhood, is a children's musician, environmentalist, and founder of a philosophy called "Child Honouring." He was born in Egypt and emigrated to Canada, and he basically embodies all that is good and light and beautiful in this world. Perhaps this last bit is an exaggeration, but I highly doubt it.
I sang "Baby Beluga" every morning on the way to daycare from the time that I was old enough to sing (or pretend to), and my sisters were raised on "Bananaphone." Every time I saw a stuffed bear, I would think "Teddy Bear Hug! YAYY!" (often followed by singing and dancing). When I would play outside, I'd sing "Just Like the Sun" and "One Light, One Sun." I used to have a little red wagon, and whenever my mama would pull me and my stuffed rabbit Binkey around in it, I'd sing "Bumpin' Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon." When we went grocery shopping, I'd sing "Corner Grocery Store." When we visited the zoo, I'd sing "Joshua Giraffe" ("Stuck in a zooooo, with buffalo poooo").
In short, there is basically no limit on the impact that Raffi has had on my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. I know that many other Beluga Grads feel the same. When Raffi comes to Yale in two weeks, I plan to take the concert program that he autographed for me when I was two going on three, and ask him if he'll sign and date it again--twenty years later. That's how much I love him.

So. Here is your mission: go listen to a Raffi song. Be happy. You won't be able to help this last part.

Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above, and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, is the water warm?
Is your mama home with you, so happy.

Way down yonder where the dolphins play,
Where they dive and splash all day,
The waves roll in and the waves roll out,
See the water squirting out of your spout.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, sing your little song,
Sing for all your friends, we like to hear you.

When it's dark, you're home and fed,
Curl up snug in your water bed.
Moon is shining and the stars are out,
Good night, little whale, goodnight.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, with tomorrow's sun,
Another day's begun, you'll soon be waking.

Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.
You're just a little white whale on the go.
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