Hush, Little Baby

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Information About Hush, Little Baby

The author and origins of "Hush, Little Baby" are unknown, but it is thought to be written somewhere in the United States since this is where mockingbirds originated. It is a popular children's lullaby.

All the verses of the song rhyme together, and can be sung from any point of view such as the mothers, fathers, sisters, or brothers by replacing a word in the song.

There have been numerous recordings of the song by various artists, and it has also been changed a bit by different artists and made to fit into their own songs.

The lyrics of the song promise many different rewards to the baby or child if they calm down, stop crying and are quiet. One instance of this is "Hush, little baby, don't say a word, mama's going to buy you a mockingbird".

This was originally a song sung by mothers to the children whilst the father was off hunting.

Other versions contain Mama and even Granny, yet the original was Papa.

Charlie Foxx arranged and then recorded "Mockingbird" with his sister Inez in 1963; a rhythm and blues version using lyrics based on the traditional song.

This song has also been covered by Carly Simon and James Taylor amongst others; also Bo Diddley used the lyrics in one of his songs.

For further information about the song "Hush, Little Baby", check out Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version uses mama instead of papa

Hush little baby
don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you
a mocking bird,.

If that mocking bird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you
a diamond ring,.

If that diamond ring gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you
a billy goat,.

If that billy goat don't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you
a cart 'n bull,.

If that cart 'n bull turn over,
Mama's gonna buy you
a dog named Rover,.

If that dog named Rover
don't bark,
Mama's gonna buy you
a horse 'n cart,.

Hush little baby don't say
a word,
Mama's gonna buy you
a mocking bird,.

If that mocking bird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you
a diamond ring,.

If that diamond ring don't shine,
Hush little baby don't you mind,.

Cuz if that diamond ring
don't shine,
Mama's gonna love you
'til the end of time,.

I'm always gonna love you
'til the end of time.

An interesting verse that doesn't make a lot of sense

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a Billy Goat,
And if that Billy goat runs away Papa's
gonna buy you a stack of hay,
If that stack of hay falls down, papa's gonna run you out of this
town.

This version changes a few of the lyrics like buying an apple pie

Hush little baby don't you cry
Papa's going to buy you an apple pie.

If that apple pie turns sour
Papa's going to buy you a pretty flower.

If that flower starts to fade
Papa's going to buy you some lemonade.

If that lemonade's too cold
Papa's going to buy you a ring of gold.

If that ring of gold rolls away
Papa's going to rock his baby all day.

Here's another version that uses a mixture of the other versions

Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Momma's going to buy you a mocking bird.
If that mocking bird won't sing,
Momma's going buy you a dimond ring.
If that dimond ring turns brass,
Momma's going to buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke,
Momma's going to buy you a billy goat.
If that billy goat gets bony.
Momma's going to buy you a shetland pony.
If that shetland pony runs away.
Momma's going to buy you another some day.

Additional verses found in the book "Hush Little Baby", by Sylvia Long

Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Mamas going to show you a hummingbird.
If that hummingbird should fly,
Mama's going to show you the evening sky.

When the nighttime shadows fall,
Mama's going to hear the crickets call.
While their song drifts from afar,
Mama's going to search for a shooting star.

When that star has dropped from view,
Mama's going to read a book with you.
When that story has been read,
Mama's going to bring your warm bedspread.

If that quilt begins to wear,
Mama's going to find your teddy bear.
If that teddy bear won't hug,
Mama's going to catch you a lightning bug.

If that lightning bug won't glow,
Mama's going to play on her old banjo.
If that banjo's out of tune,
Mama's going to show you the harvest moon.

As that moon drifts through the sky,
Mama's going to sing you a lullaby.

A sweet extra line to honour Dad

So hush little baby don't you cry, cause Daddy loves you and so do I.

To change the version only slightly and to give equal time for "papa"

Change "mama" to "papa"

Listen to this song's music

129 Comments

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Liset, Mexico

20 April 2013 at 1:13am

Hush little child go to bed and l always love you.

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Amanda, United States

28 February 2013 at 6:43am

I have a 6 month old and I was trying to remember this one cause he seemed to like it the best and now we hand many different versions so we can sing a different one each night and I do believe this will become an every night thing (trying to break him from being rocked to sleep)

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Darlene, Canada

27 February 2013 at 4:26pm

I thought it went like this If that Diamond Ring don't shine moma's going to buy you a nursery rhyme ....and so on .... any body hear that version ?

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Joseph, United States

15 February 2013 at 7:26pm

THe Melody (music) is "Andante from symphony 94 Surprise" by Haydn

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Annjulie, United States

17 December 2012 at 4:15pm

It is so addarable song it is so cute:)

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Nina, United States Minor Outlying Islands

18 October 2012 at 8:17am

i love this song

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Afganis, Afghanistan

18 October 2012 at 8:16am

i like

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Kelly, Germany

22 June 2012 at 2:44pm

omg i absouloty love this song :) hush little baby dont u cry i said hush little baby dont u cryyyyy:)

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Layla, United States

18 May 2012 at 5:06am

Their needs an actual music/lyrics song but o well.

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Alyssa Caro, United States

21 April 2012 at 7:47pm

thank u who posted it my little sister is always smiling when she hears it and she is only 2 months old

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The Happy Ape, United Kingdom

15 April 2012 at 8:33am

It's really great to hear about everyone's version of the lyrics. I sang and recorded the version in the embedded video above for my daughter and one of the nice things about the internet is being able to share music with others... Obviously, my version's an "amateur" one and my voice won't win any talent shows... but it's good to know some people are connecting with it in some way.

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Joe, United States

24 March 2012 at 11:24am

I too love this song. I'm a 38 year old father of 6 and has been making up different lyrics to this song for years. It's nice to finally see the original lyrics. I always thought it said "hush little baby don't say a word, daddy's gonna buy you a mocking bird, and if that mocking bird don't sing, daddy's gonna buy you a diamond ring, and if that diamond ring don't shine"... After that I just start making up new lyrics. It's nice to know the original version now. Thank you all who have commented!

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Roselee, United States

15 March 2012 at 1:11pm

I love this song. My mom sings it to my sister all and every night, but she never remembers the lyrics. Thank you so much.

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Carolyn, United States

26 January 2012 at 8:38pm

Hush little baby don't you cry. Mama's going to sing you a lullaby. Sing you a lullaby so sweet you will close your eyes and sleep. Sleep little baby in my arms. Mama's going to keep you from all harm. Hush little baby don't you cry. Mama's going to sing you a lullaby.

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Jaime, United States

26 January 2012 at 1:59am

I knew someone who sang this to a cat. Altered lyrics - hush little baby, don't say a word, papas gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird don't sing, then we'll bite off his little wing. He went on, but can't remember the rest

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Scott, United States

8 January 2012 at 8:37pm

My wife Jen and I sing this to our kids Briana and Kyle ages 5 and 2 and they love every version we make up as we go along! When singing them a lullaby song they just love being sung to no matter what pleasant words you add to any song or tune.

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Samantha, Afghanistan

22 December 2011 at 3:30pm

i love it not loveing it now i hate it

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Jessica, United States

24 November 2011 at 10:47pm

I love this song.. my 2 year old does too! i LOVE maya's version of it!mom used to sing me this one, and a lullaby that said, i pickd her from a honey tree, sweet as she can be be be, i love her, i love her o yes i do, she's my honey be be be:) i love making up lullabies! and this one u can use any tree!:)

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Natasha, Nepal

22 November 2011 at 2:42am

Wla d2 ang hinahanap que

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Maya, United Kingdom

19 November 2011 at 10:24pm

I had a book called the moking bird and it went like this. hush little baby dont say a word, mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird, and if that mockingbird dont sing, papa's gonna buy you a garden swing, and if that garden swing gets stuck, polly's gonna buy you a pedal truck, and if that peddal truck trips over, rosie's gonna buy you a dog named rover, and if that dog named rover runs away, granny's gonna chase him if it takes all day, if it takes all day and starts to rain, mama's going to hurry you home again, she'll wipe your face and dry your hair, sit you up in your own high chair, tie your bib and forgoodness sake, papa's gone and baked you a birthday cake, tired little baby sleepy head, mama's gonna tuck you in your bed, close your eyes now now don't say a word, and maybe have a dream of a mockingbird.

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