More songs for baby video, like M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years"
January 29, 2015 2:55 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for more songs similar to M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years" for a 20-minute baby photo/video compilation. I have found plenty of kids' songs and songs written about having children. I'm looking for more indie songs that echo the sentiment, "And this love, this love between you and I, Is older than that burning ball of fire up in the sky." Songs by indie singers about endless love, happiness, joy, the beauty of life, etc. would fit the bill.

Anything too specifically adult-romantic is out. Other artists I like are Iron and Wine, The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, the Jayhawks, Mark Olson, Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss. I'm also using Josh Ritter's "Joy to you Baby." (Lyrics include, "Joy to the city, Joy to the streets, And joy to you baby, wherever you sleep.") Thanks!
posted by TBoneMcCool to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
It's only a partial fit, but....Colin Hay's Beautiful World?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:45 AM on January 29, 2015

Baby of Mine by Allison Kraus is really sweet. And there's Little Potato.
posted by bunderful at 5:04 AM on January 29, 2015

Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes by Kristin Andreassen.
posted by BoscosMom at 6:01 AM on January 29, 2015

Maybe too girl-specific, but Paul Simon's Father and Daughter might fit the bill.
posted by terretu at 6:20 AM on January 29, 2015

Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) by Billy Joel.
posted by apartment dweller at 6:22 AM on January 29, 2015

I have definitely answered this in another baby mixtape question here, but "Pink and Blue", by the Mountain Goats.
posted by ITheCosmos at 7:07 AM on January 29, 2015

Previously (1, 2, 3)
posted by ITheCosmos at 7:11 AM on January 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

The Sun I Always Wanted- Stew
posted by blackjack514 at 7:22 AM on January 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

"a million years" by Alexander. it might only work for you if one of the babies in your slideshow is a girl though.

maybe "oh it is love" by hellogoodbye
posted by kerning at 7:25 AM on January 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Not indie, but Child of Mine, Carole King.
posted by islandeady at 9:33 AM on January 29, 2015

Wonder by Colin Meloy
posted by furnace.heart at 1:45 PM on January 29, 2015

Response by poster: Thank you everyone, you're making me cry *sniffle* Thanks for link #2, ITheCosmos, found a good Jayhawks song. That Crayola one is cute, BoscosMom. Also A Million Years, but yes, it's a boy, kerning. I like Colin Meloy, but not quite right in this montage. And I like Pink and Blue, I hadn't heard that, ITheCosmos. And Beautiful World is nice, if I cut out the love scene : )

So, here are some finalists that work for this baby video, in case it helps another person.
It's a combo of songs for kids, about having kids, and love in general:
One Day, Two Days, Three Days Old (Elizabeth Mitchell or Woody Guthrie)
One Hundred Million Years (M. Ward)
You Ruined Everything (Jonathan Coulton)
Joy to You Baby (Josh Ritter)
The Sun I Always Wanted (Stew)
Oh It Is Love (Hello Goodbye)
I'll Be Here in the Morning (Townes Van Zandt)
All the Right Reasons (Jayhawks)
Who's My Pretty Baby (Elizabeth Mitchell or Woody Guthrie)
Forever Young (Bob Dylan, the Biograph version)
Beautiful Baby (Ben Harper, the Lennon cover)
posted by TBoneMcCool at 5:14 PM on January 29, 2015

Mason Jennings - If You Ain't Got Love
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 2:28 AM on January 30, 2015

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