Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Song She Won't Let Me Sing

From the very first few days in China, I started to write Mia a song called "Diggin' Diggin' Diggin'". It was inspired by a prayer my friend Joe said at one of our prayer gatherings for her. He prayed that our waiting for Mia felt like we had been digging through the earth's core and were finally coming out the other side to get her.

That always stuck with me.


So I began to put a silly little melody and words to it. And Mia and I would sing it together during bathtime and whatnot. I really developed it when we got home and, for a while, she would love to sit on my lap and rock back and forth to the tune.


But no longer.


The minute I even as much as hum the sucker, she adamently shakes her head and curtly says, "No!" I honestly don't know how much to read into that - wondering if it's just a typical phase or if I'm supposed to go all pyschoanalytical about it all. Something I suspect that I'll wonder a thousand times over with 4 women in my house.


Well, until I can figure that out, I thought I'd document the song before it's lost forever. Here goes (be forewarned, it's long):

Diggin' Diggin' Diggin'

Well, I got me a girl
She lived far away
In the land of China
And Mia is her name

I wanted to go get her
But I didn't know how
So I wrote a long letter
To CHAIRMAN MAO!
I said, "Give me my baby!
And don't delay
Wherever her castle
The dragon I will slay
I'll sneak past your guards
And I'll jump your mote
I'll lower 'er down the window
And INTO MY BOAT!

BUUUUUTT......THHHEEEE.....

Boat was too slow,
the plane wouldn't fly
The car wouldn't make it
and the train wouldn't try
I thought about a camel
but it would hurt my back
Tried to hail a cab
but the tire went flat

SOOOO....IIII....WENNNNNTTT....

Diggin' Diggin' Diggin'
Through the earth and the tundra
I went diggin' past Texas
and beyond down under
Diggin' Diggin' Diggin'
Through the rock, past the pearl
I went diggin' to China
To get my baby girl

Well I got out my shovel
And I picked up my rake
I swung a pick axe
And I didn't hesitate
I got on my knees
and I crawled all around
I dug a long tunnel,
I went UNDERGROUND!

IIIII.....WEEENNNTT.....

Diggin' Diggin' Diggin'
Through the rock and the quartz
I went diggin' through the desert
and beyond the rain forest
Diggin' Diggin' Diggin'
Through the mud and the ice
I went diggin' for my Treasure
To get my Asian Spice

WELLL....IIIIIII.....

Thought about a space ship
'Cause it goes really fast
But it's not environmental
And it wastes a lot of gas
I jumped from a plane
Cause I want to sky dive
I hopped on a horse
But it CHAPPED MY HIDE!

SOOOO....IIIIII....WEEEENTTT...

Diggin' Diggin' Diggin'
Through the mud and the clay
I went diggin' through the jungle
and beyond Caneel Bay
Diggin' Diggin' Diggin'
Through the dead of winter
I went Diggin' to Nanchung
'Cause I HAD TO GET HER!
WELLL....IIIIII......

Thought about swimming
Couldn't put you on my back
I tried to snorkel
But feared a shark attack
I got halfway
on a long high wire
got shot from a cannon
when I YELLED "FIRE!"

SOOO...IIII....WEENNNNT...

Diggin’ diggin’ diggin’
Through the mud and the ore
I went diggin’ past Haiti
And beyond the seafloor

Diggin’ diggin’ diggin’
Through roots and the water
I went diggin’ to China
To LOVE MY BABY DAUGHTER!



1 comment:

grey like snuffie said...

That's a great song...what a wonderful part of her heritage. My husband made up songs for our girls as well...you boys are creative. I keep peeking into your world because you guys have such cuties. Blessings of all His best for each of you!