Hush, Little Baby

Lyrics

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turn brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat don't pull,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won't bark.
Papa's gonna to buy you and horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,
Well you'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

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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"

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144 Comments

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Leslie, United States

30 August 2015 at 7:22am

My Mom sang me this song when I was little. Now I sing it to my grandson.

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Anthony, United Kingdom

3 August 2015 at 6:14pm

I sing this to my daughter after her bedtime story every night I have her. She enjoys it as much as me. It's our special father/ daughter bonding time

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Coco, United States

11 July 2015 at 12:17am

When i tead these i get goosebumbs. They are soo sweet.😇

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collette arnett, United States

3 May 2015 at 12:56pm

Love this lullaby I sang it too my kids when they were babies and now I sing it to my grandchildren !

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Gray, United States

1 April 2015 at 3:23pm

I like

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Chihaya, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of

27 March 2015 at 11:14pm

troutrageous1 lol yes you do. I do not think you will be disappointed. I do not enrdose something unless I like it. If you decide to try it let me know what you think.tight lines my friend r.b.

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Sara, United Kingdom

27 March 2015 at 3:43pm

Sad I can not take this I am French so I sing it in French now I have cancer I am died g Tommorow so this is my last sing see me on YouTube and moviestarplanet Saras mum is texting she having a heart attack now call ambulance

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SARBAS KUMAR, India

6 March 2015 at 6:36am

This lullaby is so soothing so meaningful. Cant stop singing it to my little one who is just 15 days old. lol

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Corinne, United States

27 January 2015 at 8:43pm

Love this song as Mother sang it to me. Can't find the words she sang. Hush little baby don't you cry, Papa's going to buy you a ? Bunting was in the verse, mockingbird-sing, ring-brass, glass-broke, Billy goat-pull, cart and bull. Nothing about a dog or 'don't say a word' Babies don't say words. Wish someone could find the song as I heard it.

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niru, India

27 December 2014 at 7:24pm

This is the best lullaby ever written I'm in my last teens and I still can calm down listening to it

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Mayra garcia, michigan

14 August 2014 at 4:26am

First time singing it to my one year old and she fell asleep right away. I will definitely be singing this song every night. I always run out of lullabies. Lol

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Chantelle, Gibraltar

13 August 2014 at 9:32pm

I can alway remember my mother singing me this song when I was a child. 32 years on I still sing the song :)

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den, grnnay house

27 June 2014 at 2:20pm

do wnna bulld sown men dasin have be sown go amay anna

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Hailey, United States

30 April 2014 at 7:27pm

My older sister and I used to sing this, saying how we couldn't remember the words. We made up many of them, so now we know the real version.

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jennifer howard, Poland

30 April 2014 at 12:25am

Thank you so much for this wonderful song, i read the lyrics, and i loved it!

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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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