Go to sleep my baby
Close your pretty eyes
Angels up above you
Look down on you from the sky.
The great big moon is shining
Stars begin to glow
It's time for all the picaninis
To go to sleep.
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Information About Go To Sleep My Baby
The original "Go to Sleep My Baby" lullaby has its roots in England.
The word, picininis is now considered to be an offensive. But when the song was original written, the word was not considered to be offensive at all. Instead it was a common term of endearment for any small child of African heritage. The word, picininis can also be written as: pickaninnies, picaninnies or piccaninnies.
The two versions of the songs on this page are sung to different tunes, essentially being two different songs with a shared title. The version at the top is a derivative of the version at the bottom. Like all traditional songs, lyrics and music are often freely changed and titles are used interchangeably.
Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs
Add these 2 verses if your baby won't fall asleep yet
Go to sleep, my little baby
It is way past your bedtime
I know your tired
Please don't fight it
Go to sleep, my baby (inserted baby name here).
Go to sleep, my beautiful one
For tomorrow is another day
When you can smile
When you can play
So sleep peacefully tonight.