All I Really Need…

Is a song in my heart,

Food in my belly,

And love in my family.

Turns out the song I’ve been absent-mindedly singing around the kitchen for years is really a Raffi classic. Did not realize this until it was stuck in my head this morning and I googled it. In case you didn’t know, Raffi is famous for other such gems as “Baby Beluga” and “Banana Phone.”

I’ve decided this is my February Bloggers for Peace challenge: getting this sweetly annoying jingle stuck in everyone’s head. Just try and be angry when you’re singing this all day, (you’re welcome and I’m sorry simultaneously). Warning, clicking play may result in singing this song for the next three decades (or longer), but at least it has a good message, (as opposed to other childhood favorites like “The Song that Never Ends”).




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12 thoughts on “All I Really Need…

  1. Ha, Raffi was my brother’s and my favorite for a long time….my poor parents 🙂

  2. kingmidget says:

    Aint gonna push play, just aint gonna do it. I prefer Robbo … here’s one of his songs. The only one I could find and it’s not even performed by Robbo.

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Please tell me that guy is actually you.

      And, now it’s only fair if you listen to Raffi, because “I’m Blanket Kid!”

      • kingmidget says:

        I never realized there was a resemblance until I saw your response. Sadly, it’s not me. That is something I would probably never be able to do. Sing on stage … phsaw! Robbo is a hidden gem. Great kids songs that are funny and smart at the same time. There was a time when we listened to him incessantly when our boys were younger. I wish I could find more of his stuff on-line.

      • oliviaobryon says:

        I’m sure if I knew you in real life, I wouldn’t even see a resemblance– it just seemed like such the perfect alternate ego for you, lawyer by day, kids song extraordinaire + writer by night! 🙂

  3. Taryn says:

    One of my guy friends used to sing Banana Phone at parties in college. Raffi songs are classic.

  4. Kozo says:

    Love this, Olivia. If we could get this stuck in everyone’s head, imagine the change we could make. It reminds me the verse from Imagine: “Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people sharing all the world.”

    Thank you for being part of my blogging family. Love, Kozo

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Yes– very similar. Was actually really enjoying the words to “Imagine” during yoga tonight! Thank you for making me think more about peace and starting such a cool blog family. Hugs!

  5. xandertrek says:

    I love “The Song that Never Ends”!

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