The Dawdle Song

If you are unfamiliar with the word “dawdle”, picture a mother saying to her child, “Stop dawdling and hurry up!” For this song, I transformed the action word, dawdle, into a proper noun, Dawdle––to envision dawdling as if it were a friend and lifelong companion.

Some of us just can’t help but dawdle. It’s the mode we default to. When Jesus redeems our dawdling and we consecrate it and ourselves to Him, it becomes a facet of the abundant life that He came to give us, joyful and light of heart, and a vehicle of friendship with God.

Note that I’m not idealizing dawdling or slowness as some refreshing standard for everyone to embrace. We are all different from each other. Some people are created to dawdle. In far contrast, some thrive in a gift of efficiency.

If God designed you for dawdling, may this song help you find joy and meaning in it. And if you were created for efficiency, may this song help you bless those who dawdle.

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The Dawdle Song
by Gail Ruth

My best friend’s name is Dawdle,
 I’ve known her all my days;
 We play & think & dream our dreams
 In heartfelt dreamer ways;
 We talk in rhymes and pictures 
 Ideas flowing free;
 We feast on thoughts and bubblegum
 And taste eternity.
 We feast on thoughts and bubblegum
 And taste eternity.
 

 We shilly-shally shimmy,
 And we dilly-dally dance,
 Then Dawdle and I may depart
 To inner words perchance
 And there we might stand mesmerized
 Entranced by the sublime
 Entirely oblivious
 To sound and sight and time.
 Entirely oblivious
 To sound and sight and time.


CHORUS:
           Heigh! Ho! A dilly-dally
           Heigh! Ho! A fiddle-dee-dee
           Living in a dawdle way
           Is how I’m meant to be!
           Heigh! Ho! A shilly-shally
           Heigh! Ho! A fiddle-dee-do
           Willy-nilly dancing off
           In inner worlds we go!
 

 The lessons Dawdle teaches
 Are certainly hard-won
 To see with mystic senses
 And to joy with giddy fun
 To learn to walk in harmony
 With shifting ebb and flow
 To delve into myst’ries and
 Treasures found in slow.
 To delve into myst’ries and
 Treasures found in slow.
 

 CHORUS
 

 Dawdle is a sacred gift
 Who holds a sacred key,
 For it’s when I’m with her
 The Creator visits me.
 Who knew God was so light of heart?
 That He’d be Dawdle’s friend?
 That of His sheer delight in us
 I’d never find an end?
 And of His sheer delight is us
 I’ve never found an end.


 CHORUS


 Repeat verse 1


 CHORUS

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