Hush, Little Baby

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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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Molly Skurcenski, American Samoa

25 October 2011 at 1:59am

number 5 you rule.

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Tina, United Kingdom

23 October 2011 at 8:52pm

glad to find this site I was singing this song to our grandaughter and I could only remember half of the song I used to sing it to our daughter when she was little its a lovely lullaby to ease her off to sleep!

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Samantha, United States

16 October 2011 at 6:28pm

Not the real version!:/ any1 know the real 1 with "and if that diamond ring don't SHINE?!?!"

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Milena, Ireland

8 October 2011 at 5:18pm

Its so nice.

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Afrah, Pakistan

7 October 2011 at 1:34pm

i love it

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Jj, Jersey

18 September 2011 at 9:32pm

I love it so much love it

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Mike, Netherlands

14 September 2011 at 9:19pm

this song is a little slow , i like the version from rapper eminem better ! but i sing this song everyday to my children ! they tottally love it !

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Isabelle, United States

9 September 2011 at 1:18am

I love this song! :) I heard it on a CD when i was a few years old. That CD got so scratched that that song stopped playing. I haven't heard it since. I am almost 13 now, and i still love the song. Now I have so many versions to sing to myself and when i have kids, them too! ttyl! :):):):):):):):):):) :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

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Lil Rae, United States

31 August 2011 at 7:31am

Thank you EVERYONE (except NO IT ALL Cassidy)! I couldnt remember the words but i have loved this song since i was very little. So thank you so much. I can now sing the entire song to my babies!

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Lilly, United States

29 July 2011 at 5:37pm

This song brings back so many memories. Thanks for the lyrics it really helped and touched so many of our hearts.

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Nanny Leanny, United States

19 July 2011 at 8:18pm

Love this song. My boss sang it to her little girl I nanny for, I think I'm going to change it to hush little baby and fill in with nanny in place of mama or papa when I sing it to our little angel.

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Camdyn, United States

14 July 2011 at 1:42am

I love this song awsome even though it was sang a little differently when I was little and now I'm older and I still like it

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Connnie, United States

18 June 2011 at 12:38am

my granddaughter wants me to sing this to her too and i also couldn't remember all the words. so whether this is the original version or not its close enough to what i knew. so thank you bus songs.

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Madison, United States

17 June 2011 at 7:45pm

i love this song so much i always sing it to my little girl i babysit when she goes to bed she loves it

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Laenna, United States

15 June 2011 at 4:52am

First I would like to say I love all of everyones lyrics. They're awsome in every way. Teri I agree with you if you just sing it with love no matter if you know the lyrics or not something amazing will come to. I have my very own version as well of course. I have song it to all my boys (i have 3) and my only baby girl. They all love the song. Well here it is... Hush little baby don't say a word mamas gonna buy you a mockingbird and if that mockingbird don't sing mamas gonna buy you a diamond ring and if that diamond ring don't shine mamas gonna buy you a brand new chime and if that chime don't make a noise you like mamas gonna buy you a brand new bike and if that bike don't go fast enough (ok so it doesn't rhyme completly but it works) mamas gonna buy you a brand new kitty and if that kitty don't show you lots of love mamas gonna give you a big hug. Just show your love and it will shine through to make it a special song for your family.

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Teri, United States

7 June 2011 at 9:10am

I just posted. When I sang this song, I used my own tribal(given name) during the song.I sang, 'ønëí's' gunna buy you a diamond ring...and so on. I figure, keeping this song personalized, somehow soothes the ever so young spirit in children, making them feel close to their parent, protector or guardian. I feel, there are no rules in this lulluby song. You sing to your little ones, what they are familier to. That makes them feel the most safe. This is why this song is so tenderly special. We love & care for our little ones in diferent ways. No lyric,is a wrong lyric. Sing it with love, and it creates a peacefull place in the hearts of our innocent children.~teri:

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Teri, United States

7 June 2011 at 8:43am

I sing this to my gammy babies, who call me ønëí. My youngest boy, who is one of the toughest to put to bed, he listened to my broken version(before I visited this website) and he fell RIGHT to sleep. Somehow, there is an underlining MAGIC,and peacefullness in this song, that literally soothes children to rest. I still haven't memrized the original version, but, it worked! I love this song!

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Melody, United States

30 May 2011 at 4:16am

I love this lullaby, but I have sang it to all of my five kiddos like this; hushlil baby dont say a word mommies. Gonna buy you a mockingbird and if that mockingbird dont sing mommies gonna buy you a diamond ring and if that diamond rind turns brass mommies gonna buy you a looking glass and if that looking glass shall break mommies gonna buy you a chocolate cake and if that chocolate cake goes stale mommies gonna buy you a boat and sail and if that boat and sail floats away mommies gonna bring you a better day.....and they all have loved this song and fell asleep every time.... =)

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Molski, United Kingdom

8 May 2011 at 11:59pm

i love this one i just sang it to my little baby and he fell to sleep :)

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Emma, Antarctica

3 April 2011 at 9:09pm

I wasn't sure what the entire song was, but for some reason I thought that it went like this (I made up the parts that I didn't know) :Hush little baby don't you cry, mama's going to sing you a lullaby. And if that lullaby ain't heard, mama's going to buy you a humming bird. And if that humming bird won't sing, mama's going to buy you a diamond ring. And if that diamond ring don't shine, (this is the part I made up) Mama's going to buy you a fishing line. And if that fishing line goes broke, mama's going to buy you a maple oak (don't know if there's even such a thing as a maple oak) And if that maple oak runs dry, Mama's going to sing you a lullaby... I don't know where I heard that version. I made up the fishing line part, because I wasn't sure what to put there....

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