Track of the Day: 'Sweet Baby James'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader contributes to the popular new thread of songs about parenthood:

After listening to Paul Simon’s “St. Judy’s Comet” for your Track of the Day, my thought was not about a song about parenthood, but rather, in my own experience, that moment when music comes to the rescue in the midst of parenting. Like the talented Mr. Simon, my struggle was to get my young daughter to sleep. Having neither the singing skills nor even the ability to remember lyrics, the only thing that came to mind while trying to sooth the crying was James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James.” It had all the makings of a great lullaby and made me smile at the line “...thinking about women and glasses of beer...”  It became my go-to song for each of my children.  

How about for your kids? Tell us about it and your favorite memory playing the song.