Annalyn loves music. She likes to sing along (kind of) and she loves to dance. She’ll dance in the living room, in the grocery store, in the car – really, anywhere she can hear music. It’s hilarious.

For Christmas, I was excited to give her a CD called Songs Kids Love to Sing: 25 Sunday School Songs. It really is a great CD that is teaching her classics like This Little Light of Mine and Jesus Loves the Little Children.

But there’s one song out of those 25 that really bugs me. So much so, in fact, that I skip it any time we play the CD. Here are the lyrics:

My mommy told me something
A little kid should know
And it’s all about the devil and
I’ve learned to hate him so
She says he causes trouble
If you let him in your room
And he’ll never ever leave you
If your heart is filled with gloom
So let the sun shine in
Face it with a grin
Smilers never lose
And frowners never win
So let the sun shine in
Face it with a grin
Open up your heart
And let the sun shine in

Seriously? Am I the only one who’s a little disturbed by this song?

Granted, I am aware that Annalyn is not really learning these words and keeping them in her heart forever. But someday she will.

And it’s not like I’m counting on this CD – or any CD or DVD or even book – to teach my daughter about the love of God and to instill doctrine in her mind and faith in her heart.

But still. I am not okay with a song telling my child that the devil will “never ever leave you if your heart is filled with gloom.” I mean, I guess that’s one way to make your kid to cheer up. Why bother with the typical “Turn that frown upside down!” when you can put the fear of the devil in her?

Also, “Smilers never lose and frowners never win”? I don’t think so.

This song just bugs me. So we won’t be listening to it at our house (or in our car on the way home from the babysitter’s house when Annalyn’s having a meltdown because I took her away from her friends, she’s hungry, she’s tired and oh yeah, she hates riding in the car these days).

On the other hand – and in the interest of full disclosure – I should admit here that I was surprised when the CD plays a version of I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart without the verse that I learned in Sunday school.

You know that verse, right? The one that says, “If the devil doesn’t like it, he can sit on a tack. (Ouch!)”

Or was that just my Sunday school class?

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