All The Pretty Little Horses

Information About All The Pretty Little Horses

"Hush a bye" is how many children know this famous American lullaby. Apparently, the song originated as a song sung by an African American slave who was not able to take care of her own baby because she had to take care of her master's child.

American Folk Traditional: According to Living Documents in American History from Earliest Colonial Times to the Civil War, edited by John A Scott, (Trident Press 1963), the song was collected by Alan Lomax, who learned it from his mother, who took it from North Carolina to Texas after the Civil War.

The original lyrics of "All The Pretty Little Horses" read as "birds and butterflies, peck at his eyes" but were replaced with the more comforting "birds and butterflies, flutter "round his eyes".

For any further information about the song "All The Pretty Little Horses" you may find Wikipedia helpful.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Shorter alternative version to All The Pretty Little Horses

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,
Go to sleepy, little baby.
Blacks and bays, dapples and grays,
Coach and six-a-little horses.
Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,
Go to sleepy, little baby.

This is another 1 more version that has 2 verses

All the Pretty Little Horses
Hush-a-bye don't you cry,
Go to sleep-y, little baby.
When you wake you will see
All the pretty little horses.

Chestnuts and bays, Dapples and grays,
All the pretty little horses.
Hush-a-bye don't you cry,
Go to sleep-y, little baby.

This one has 6 horseys for your little baby

Hush a bye
Don't you cry
Go to sleep my little baby.
When you wake
Mommy will come
Bring you six little horseys.

Hush a bye
Don't you cry
Go to sleep my little baby
When you wake
Mommy will come
Bring you six little horseys.

White and black
Brown and grey
Two more pretty little horseys.

Great version of All The Pretty Little Horses sent in by one of our users

Hush a bye
Don't you cry
Go to sleepy little baby
When you wake you shall have
All the prety little horses
Dapples and Grays
Pintos and Bays
All the pretty little horses
Way down yonder
In the meadow
Poor little baby cryin Momma
Birds and butterflies flutterin round it's eyes
Poor little baby crying Momma
Hush a bye
Don't you cry
Go to sleepy little baby.

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Linda, United States

11 April 2012 at 8:50pm

My father use to sing it to me this way: go to sleepy little baby, go to sleepy little baby, and when you wake, you'll have some cake and all the pretty little horses, the blacks and bays, dapples and grays. All the pretty little horses. Rock-o baby, grandmama's house, yonder comes a monkey all dressed up in a rabbit's skin, a-um, a-um

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Laura, United States

7 November 2011 at 12:17am

My mum sang it:Hush-a-bye,dont you cry Go to sleepy little baby, when you wake you shall have, all the pretty little horses,Blacks and bays,Dapple greys and six little white horses,Hush-a-bye dont you cry Go to sleepy little baby

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Coral-lee, Australia

1 June 2011 at 7:21am

The version my mum sang was: Hush-a-bye, don't you cry Go to sleepy little baby, When you wake you shall have, All the pretty little horses, Blacks and bays, dapples and greys, All the pretty little horses, Hush-a-bye, don't you cry, Go to sleepy little baby, Hush-a-bye, don't you cry Go to sleepy little baby, When you wake you shall have, All the pretty little horses.

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Coral-lee, Australia

1 June 2011 at 7:06am

My mother used to sing this song to put me to sleep. It plays a big part in some of my favourite memories as a child and now I can sing it to my own daughter. I hope it brings her as much joy as it did me.

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Lauren, United States

2 March 2011 at 3:39am

I made up a song. Hush a bye don't you cry your the cutie pie of my life you are the love of my life you are the guide of my life you make me find my way

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Lauren, United States

2 March 2011 at 3:18am

So cute

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Kalli, Canada

6 February 2011 at 12:35pm

ive heard it millions of times

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Bill, United States

7 November 2010 at 11:51pm

I am glad and honored that my video is put on this site for others to learn the song. I hope that others like my version that I sang to my son Jeremiah. He is now 3 years old and growing like a weed...

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Laura, United States

2 October 2010 at 5:33pm

i loved it rocks

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Marsha, Lansing,mi

18 April 2009 at 12:42pm

I am trying to find different songs to sing to the infants in my daycare, this has helped me so much, with the lyrics and tune.

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Caroline, Chantilly, Va

26 February 2009 at 8:18pm

I sang this song to my children and am now singing it to my grandson. I knew it from Peter Paul and Mary. It was the last version (above) that we learned.

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