Go To Sleep My Baby

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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.

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Anonymous, United States

8 January 2017 at 7:35am

Okay its a beautiful lullaby! Yes truly is!! But just because you say, " its not racist" and " its not offensive , its how you take" saying those things doesn't change what was said and how people felt about it period. You might have thought it was okay but other people felt otherwise!! Have a nice day! And try to remember its a lullaby nothing to get worked up on.

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Andy, Lancashire UK

2 January 2016 at 10:37pm

To Graeme Darwin, I wish I had seen your comment 6 years ago when it was written. It is my sincere hope that you have learned to spell correctly and punctuate properly since then. Oh and of course get a life! This is an old nursery rhyme that only offends if you let it.

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Sasha D, Lancashire, UK

10 September 2015 at 10:18pm

It's a lullaby with a term that was not considered racist at the time of writing. It's not the version my mum sang to me, and I certainly wouldn't call any black child a picaninny, but really, get over it! I'm quite sure this site is not trying to cause offense. Do you actually go looking through the whole internet for things that annoy you so you can transfer the rage and misery from your unresolved issues towards someone who likely won't answer back because they're running a site of children's songs? Go and get some counselling, or get laid, or just take that stick out of your bottoms and get a life! You whingey lot aren't being politically correct, you're being gigantic, irritating twits! *rolls eyes so hard they 360 faster than Tony Hawk* Bus Songs I'm sorry but someone had to say it!

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sue, United States

13 December 2013 at 3:16am

This Song Is NOT Racist It Is Just A Lulaby To Put Kids To Sleep I Am Not Of The African Decent But I Know This Song Is Not Racist Becaus It Was Origanaly For The African Boys That Had A Hard Time Sleeping. Moms Still Sing It Today To Their Children Even The Caucasians. (sory If My Spelling Is Bad) I Gues What I Am Trying To Say Is Too Many People Take Things Wrong Or To Heart.

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Skkh, Italy

6 April 2013 at 12:55pm

My version as I recall my grandmother singing in the 60's (and how I sing it today to my son) goes: Go to sleep my baby, close your weary eyes, all the piccaninnies are in the starry skies.... The rest is a mix of invented anglo-italian rhymes to replace what I completely forgot.

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Sparky, United States

1 March 2013 at 1:53am

Why do you have to be so mean the company is just trying . So please be a little nicer

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Jainaba, Gambia

27 December 2012 at 2:15am

This is a beautiful song. Why does anything that is a little unusual have to be labeled 'racist'.

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Brenda, Denmark

12 October 2012 at 11:52am

I"m aparantly from South- Africa, and used to sing it to my baby son who is 45yrs old today, and i remember it from my grandma.

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Rose, Australia

11 April 2012 at 3:23am

Originally from Scotland, I remember my mother singing it to her grandchildren, as she did to me, and now I am singing it to my grandchild. We say the baby's name in the line .... it's time for our wee (name) to go to sleep. We sing these lyrics: Go to sleep my baby, close your pretty eyes, Angels are above you, smiling from the skies. Great big moon is shinging, stars begin to peep. It's time for our wee (child's name) to go to sleep.

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Kayyba, United Arab Emirates

26 July 2011 at 6:51am

hey guys , how we can download this song ?

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Valerie, Canada

17 July 2011 at 6:58pm

I was born in the UK in 1944 and I recall my mother singing this lullaby to me as she did later for my child. Due to the melody she used, I presumed it was of Irish origin. She used "Stars begin to peep". No "picaninis" in her version, just "It's time for all the little children to go to sleep". Or, " Now it's time for (child's name) to go to sleep". I imagine it was sung to my mother by her mother and grandmother so it must be a very old lullaby and I would certainly like to know the real age and origin.

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Angela, United Kingdom

19 June 2011 at 9:18pm

I am a grandma and i have sung this to my grandchildren to soothe them to sleep as my mum did to me, they love it, such a pity so many people do not sing to their children and snuggle them as they go to sleep

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Brian, India

2 June 2011 at 5:14pm

It is a wonderful lullaby,calm & serene .Sung by my mother 35yrs ago.

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Jason, United States

11 April 2011 at 6:40pm

Great job

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Cynthia, United Kingdom

4 January 2011 at 3:01am

It is "Stars begin to peep" which rhymes with "sleep". :) Best wishes, Cyn.

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Jasmine, American Samoa

10 December 2010 at 3:19pm

so preety

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Macey, Antarctica

3 November 2010 at 1:42pm

i love it

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Owen, New Zealand

23 September 2010 at 10:28pm

The song was sung to me as a child in the 40's by my grandmother, and also by her mother to her. Its been around a long time. The name Pikanini was sung with affection. We cannot point fingers at these things from the pass, it was sung with love.

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Gina, London

7 April 2010 at 10:32am

get a life!

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Kyrianna, Horton

6 March 2010 at 7:33pm

i am bus

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