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Songs That Were Inspired By Kids

Updated on May 7, 2013

These great songs were inspired by the younger generation


Songs are beautiful. They can be about love, they can be about friendship, life, places and family. Sometimes a song is inspired by a special person and that makes the song even more memorable.

Here is a list of songs that had a kid who acted as a muse for the singer and song writer. Inspiration comes in many forms, and children may be the best of them.


ISN’T SHE LOVELY by Stevie Wonder This song was written in 1976. Stevie wrote it in celebration of the birth of his daughter Aisha. The listener needs to thank Aisha for inspiring Stevie to write this heartfelt song. Everyone can relate to the wonder of a new life and what a joy they bring into a home.


DANNY’S SONG by Anne Murray This song was written in 1970 by Kenny Loggins. He wrote the song for his brother who had just had a baby son named Colin. Loggins and Messina released the song in 1971, but Anne Murray really made the song her own in 1972. It is a powerful song about a marriage beginning with love and being even more complete with a family. Anne Murray also loved the song, but felt a real bond when she had her own child a few years later.


LULLABY GOODNIGHT MY ANGEL by Billy Joel This song was written in 1993 and was in the album The River of Dreams. Billy Joel wrote it for his young daughter Alexa. How great is it to inspire a lullaby that can be sung to your own kids one day. The ending lyrics are especially poignant:

Someday your child may cry, and if you sing this lullaby
Then in your heart there will always be a part of me
Someday we'll all be gone
But lullabies go on and on
They never die
That's how you and I will be


NANCY WITH THE LAUGHING FACE sung by Frank Sinatra and written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Phil Silvers. This song was written in 1942. The song was originally written by Van Heusen for a gift to the lyricist Johnny Burke. His wife Bessie was having a birthday and they thought it would be special. Everyone loved the song and it was played at other female birthdays with the name changing to honor the birthday girl. One day the guys sung the song at Nancy Sinatra’s birthday party and Frank cried thinking the song was written for his daughter Nancy. The guys didn’t tell Frank otherwise and Frank ended up recording it. It is hard to think of the original name Bessie With The Laughing Face after hearing Frank do his version about the daughter he loved so very much.


MY BABY YOU by Marc Anthony This song was released in 2000 and it was inspired by his daughter Arianna. No single of this song was released so it didn’t chart very high, but the song is so wonderful. It is all about the love a father has for his daughter and how she is his reason for being alive. The song’s beginning says it all:

As I look into your eyes

I see all the reason why

My life’s worth a thousand skies

What beautiful lyrics and a great gift to his daughter.


TIME IN A BOTTLE by Jim Croce This song was released in 1973. This song was written by Croce for his song A.J. It is poignant because Jim was killed in a plane crash and the song talked about wanting to spend all his time with his son, and he was killed and never had the opportunity. His son will always remember how Jim felt about him with this very special song. Here are the last few lyrics and they go straight to the heart.

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with


BEAUTIFUL BOY by John Lennon This song was released in 1980. John reassures Sean after he has had a nightmare and comforts him in the song. Paul McCartney said it was one of his favorite songs that John wrote. It is a song that Sean can cherish forever. He was just five years old when his Dad was murdered.

One of the lyrics that is gut wrenching is the part when he states I can hardly wait to see you come of age.Here are some of the lyrics:

Out on the ocean sailing away I can hardly wait to see you come of age

But I guess, we'll both just have to be patient 'Cause it's a long way to go, a hard row to hoe

Yes, it's a long way to go but in the meantime


Before you cross the street

Take my hand

Life is what happens to you

While you're busy making other plans

Sean was lucky to have spent so much time with his father before John was killed. Hopefully he will remember all the special times they shared together.


GOOD NIGHT by John Lennon This song was written in 1968 and performed by Ringo Starr for the album The Beatles. Ironically it was written for his son Julian when he was five years old. Years later when his second son was five he wrote a song for him entitled Beautiful Boy. It is written as a lullaby. John wanted the song to have a cheesy sound like an old musical. It is a sweet song about Julian. Paul stated that:

“I think John felt it might not be good for his image for him to sing it but it was fabulous to hear him do it, he sang it great. We heard him sing it in order to teach it to Ringo and he sang it very tenderly. John rarely showed his tender side, but my key memories of John are when he was tender, that's what has remained with me; those moments where he showed himself to be a very generous, loving person. I always cite that song as an example of the John beneath the surface that we only saw occasionally... I don't think John's version was ever recorded.”

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Mil


HEY JUDE by Paul McCartney This song was released in 1968. Paul McCartney was like an Uncle to John’s son Julian and he felt bad about John and his wife’s divorce. This song was written to show Julian that everything was going to be all right. Julian didn’t realize the song was written about him until twenty years later. He always felt close to Paul because he spend more time with him than John did at that time in his young life.

TEARS IN HEAVEN by Eric Clapton this song was released in 1993. The song was inspired by a tragedy in Eric's life. Conor who was four years old in 1991 fell out of an apartment window from the 53rd floor. He was at his mother's friend's apartment. Eric was devastated. It was brave of Eric to be able to see this song because it is so personal and gut wrenching. It was one of Eric's most successful songs and it is because almost everyone can relate to the loss that he experienced with a loved one of their own.


Kids will inspire you do be a better person, to be the best parent, or aunt or uncle ever. It is wonderful that kids inspired these great songs. We can be thankful that the artists decided to share their inspiration with the rest of us.

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      cfjots 4 years ago from Conway, SC

      Thank you Alecia for your comments. I am glad you liked the list. I think we have similar musical tastes.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I love this list. I haven't heard all of these songs but among the ones I know I love are "Isn't She Lovely" and "Hey Jude." Both timeless and simple.

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      cfjots 5 years ago from Conway, SC

      Thank you MundaneMondays for your kind comment. I appreciate it.

      To rcrumple you were right Eric Clapton should have been on that list in the beginning. Thanks for your suggestion.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      I see you added the Clapton tune!

      I'm honored. Many Thanks!

      PS: You also got the Unplugged Version which is the best one : )

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      "Jaheim" Fabulous

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      cfjots 5 years ago from Conway, SC

      Thank you rcrumple for your comments. I may need to include your suggestion of "Tears in Heaven". I had forgotten about that song and I always loved it even though it is, as you said, a sad song.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Another strong listing. All great offering by great artists. One of my favorites, even though it is extremely sad, is Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven." He wrote that after his four year old son "Conor" was killed after falling from a window.

      Good Job! Up & Interesting!