The Short of It
Mom (and singer) Shannon Abbott scored a viral video hit with her cleverly revised lyrics (and stellar singing) of the Leonard Cohen classic—which she renamed "Mommy's Hallelujah."
Abbott first performed her version of the haunting song at a talent show in Payson, Utah. Instead of the standard lyrics (including lines like, "You say I took the name in vain/ I don't even know the name/ But if I did, well really, what's it to you?") with updated parent-friendly gems like, "It's 3 a.m. and you're wide awake/Baby, go to sleep for heaven's sake/Mama's gonna be a zombie in the morning."
And while her version definitely struck a chord at the talent show, it really took off on the Internet. Abbott released a short video of her performing it with her adorable inspiration (5-month-old Adam) seated beside her as she sings—and in less than 10 days it garnered over 166,000 views on YouTube and more than 3 million on Facebook!
If you've ever celebrated in a big way for successfully getting your baby down to sleep (or successfully navigating the whims of dealing with a toddler "threenager"), then you'll totally relate to the new lyrics Abbott created for this old-school classic. (Who can't relate to the lyrics, "When nap time comes I'll sing 'oh hallelujah?'")
Even today, when my sleep deprivation comes from working on the logistics of transporting my kiddos to various activities, not a 3 a.m. bottle feeding, I definitely remember those long and sleepless nights and temper tantrums. And all I can say is, "I survived! Hallelujah!"