Bye Baby Bunting

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Bye Baby Bunting
Daddy's gone a-hunting
Mummy's gone a-milking
Sister's gone a-silking
Brother's gone to buy a skin
To wrap the Baby Bunting in.

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Information About Bye Baby Bunting

Bye Baby Bunting is a popular English nursery rhyme and lullaby. The term "bunting" can be used to mean "plump". A version in Songs For The Nursery, had longer lyrics compared to the original.

The earliest version of the rhyme dates as far back as the 1780's, but the longer version as from 1805.

The poem basically tells the story of a family, where the father goes hunting, the mother goes milking, the sister is silking (probably, tailoring), and the brother has gone to buy a skin to wrap baby bunting in.

This is consistent with the activities that different family members took part in at the time of the rhyme's creation.

For more information on Bye Baby Bunting, visit Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

A different version

Bye Bye Baby Bunting
Daddy's gone a hunting
to get a little rabbit skin
to wrap the baby up in.


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Paul, United States

21 September 2011 at 6:43pm

Thank you for posting this song. I'm 60 years old and remember my grandfather singing that to me when I was little. It brought back such nice memories.

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Judith, United States

11 January 2011 at 4:22am

Facorite nursery rhyme, but wondering what the underlying meaning may be. Just another excuse for father's absence.

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