God in Children's Songs -- For Everyone's Ears?

Cynthia Dermody

Wiggles sing a bible songThe Wiggles do a version of the classic song, "Dem Dry Bones." You know, the "leg bone is connected to the thigh bone" song. You've probably sang it to your toddler at least a hundred times.

Of course, many of us don't think of it as a Bible song, but that's really what it is.

There are numerous adaptations today, but The Wiggles sing the original version of the song in their music video mimicking a gospel choir. After each verse of body parts being connected to each other, the Wiggles reprise ... "Oh, hear the word of the Lord."

The song was written by American author and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson around the early 1900s to help teach children about anatomy.

One mom in Toddler Moms explains that the song was based on Ezekial 37:1-14 in the Bible, where the prophet visits the Valley of Dry Bones and brings them to life under God's command:

"E-ze-kiel cried, "Dem dry bones!"

"E-ze-kiel cried, "Dem dry bones!"

"E-ze-kiel cried, "Dem dry bones!"

"Oh, hear the word of the Lord."

But the mom who started the thread asked if it was really necessary for The Wiggles to add that back in to their version.

"What does it have to do with the which bone is connected to which? Yeah, I mean, I know God created us, but to me that makes no sense."

To which one mom replied, "The lyrics are based on the Bible. So my question is, Why wouldn't the song talk about the word of the Lord?"



For those who aren't religious, does the mention of God in a popular children's song -- even a classic one that uses the original lyrics -- bother you?

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BTW, for all you Wiggles fans, a new website, Wiggle Time, launched this week. It's a virtual world where preschoolers can go with their parents to play games, watch videos and learn safely, without the threat of sexual predators and other sickos.

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