Hush A Bye Baby

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Hush-a-bye, baby,
In the tree top.
When the wind blows,
The cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks,
The cradle will fall,
And down will come baby,
Cradle and all.

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Information About Hush A Bye Baby

Hush A Bye Baby first appeared in print in Mother Goose's Melody around 1765. At some point, possibly during the 18th century, the lyric Hush A Bye Baby was replaced by the more popular Rock A Bye Baby.

The origin of Hush A Bye Baby is unclear but the lyrics could have been written in America. It is believed the rhyme was written by a young pilgrim who travelled to US on the Mayflower. Originally titled "Hushabye Baby", it is considered, by some, to be the first poem written on American soil.

The melody could be a variant of 'Lilliburlero' an English satirical ballad.

For further information about the song "Hush A Bye Baby ' you may find Wikipedia helpful.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

You can change the ending of the song a bit

But when the bow breaks the cradle won't fall
cause mommy will catch you cradle and all.

This version changes a whole verse

Hush-a-bye baby, thy cradle is green
Father’s a nobleman, Mother’s a queen
Sister’s a lady and wears a gold ring
Brother’s a drummer and drums for the king

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Nancy, United States

8 November 2012 at 7:31am

I sing this in my head sometimes. It just started recently. While reading it just now, it sounds like the person purposefully put the baby in the tree to kill it. I like the second version but I still don't know WHY someone would put their baby in a tree rather than to save it from a bear or something o.O All in all, I know it's just a baby song, but in MY OWN OPINION, I feel bad for that poor Baby, it has terrible parents.

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Hallie, United Kingdom

21 April 2012 at 7:20am

Dat baby gone be dead yo'.

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Kimmy, Canada

5 July 2011 at 8:02pm

i love this song and i love this site i am only 10 and i have great i deas for these songs!

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