I’m Sorry on Tuneful Tuesday

This month’s song comes to us from member Susan Salidor. While written for Yom Kippur, the message of the song is appropriate for any day.

Susan in class.
Susan in class.

I like writing to task.  On occasion teachers ask me for a song about a certain topic, and if I can’t find a song I like, I try composing something special for them with an eye toward using the song beyond that particular classroom.  In almost twenty years of writing and performing for children and working in the early childhood classroom, each time I write for a specific purpose I am alternately inspired and confounded but always committed to a good (and hopefully usable) end product.   Whenever I finish a song, I ask myself if the song is good enough?  It is successful enough to include on a recording?   I ask that because the classroom, in my experience, is extremely forgiving.  Recordings, not so much.

Sometimes the “task” is self-imposed.  A few years ago I penned I’m Sorry for use during Yom Kippur, a somber Jewish holiday, the meaning of which does not translate well to the early childhood classroom.  Distilling the holiday for young ones was a challenge, and I ended up with an intentionally vague story line (one could say “open-ended”) about a child who laughs at another child who fell down, making that child cry:  I saw you fall and I started to laugh, cause I wasn’t thinking about much at all.  I sure wasn’t thinking about how you felt, or if you got hurt, or how it was that you fell.  I have to remember that you are my friend, now and forever our friendship won’t end; and I don’t like to see you cry, and I don’t want to make you cry. 

I wrote this song for my own use with the hope that it might enjoy a wider audience if I included it on a recording.  I did, and my husband videotaped me on our front porch singing it.  The YouTube video now has over 27,000 views, and within a year of its release on my recording “Come and Make a Circle 2,” it was picked up by Recess Records for its compilation CD, “Big Bully.”  I liked the song before it was posted on YouTube and before it was picked up for licensing, but the outside validation is always welcome, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLJcJWxXAas&list=TLXPnAbyfgYa_VAkvThYAZpK–sdCDvoNs

I’m Sorry by Susan Salidor

I’m sorry I did that thing that I did that made you sad

I’m sorry I said that thing that I said that made you mad

When I saw you cry, I couldn’t believe my eyes

I’m sorry I did that thing that I did; I apologize.

I saw you fall and I started to laugh, ’cause I wasn’t thinking about much at all

I sure wasn’t thinking about you felt

Or if you got hurt

Or how it was that you fell

I have to remember that you are my friend

Now and forever our friendship won’t end

And I don’t like to see you cry

And I don’t want to make you cry

I’m sorry I did that thing that I did that made you sad

I’m sorry I said that thing that I said that made you mad

When I saw you cry, I couldn’t believe my eyes

I’m sorry I did that thing that I did; I apologize.