DH and I love our homeland (Appalachia) and the old time mountain music that comes from there. When we sing to DD, we tend to sing those songs. However, last night, as I sang to her a song (Railroad Boy) that has a soothing tune, but ends with a suicide, I wondered how these songs might effect DD. So, many of them are that way, because that was real life. DH read that Jean Ritchie as a child wasn't bothered by the subject matter. If DD hears these songs like (Pretty Polly) enough, will they not bother her either? Many of them are pentatonic scale and even in the mood of the fifth. They have wonderful soothing melodies and are just beautiful. Any comments are welcome.