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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Malorie, Nicholson Ga

7 September 2010 at 4:10am

This is the sweetest song! I love the fact that everyone has there on spin on it! Ours was If that diamond ring wont shine Momas gonna buy you a watch to tell time, If that watch wont tick momas gonna buy you candy stick. If that stick should break momas gonna buy you a cake if that cakes not sweet.... and I cant remember the rest... did anyone else have something similar with the watch at least?

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Isabella, Australia

5 September 2010 at 3:35am

I love this song! I've been trying to remember the words since I was 8 Years old. I couldn't, Now, I'm 10 years old now and, I've found them! I showed my Mum and we sang them together. Even though my Daddy sings "Rock A By Baby" My Mum sings this song to me. Its really important to me and my family, I even sang it to our family's pet's. Now I finally know all the words. I adore this song so much.

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Ambah, Trinidad And Tobago

18 August 2010 at 3:43am

Thank you for the lyrics. I just used to hum the parts I was unsure of. Now I can sing the correct thing for my son.

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Brooke, Elizibethton

1 August 2010 at 9:45pm

I sang that song tomy cosin he is 9 months old and he laughed

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Maggie, Bristol, England

27 July 2010 at 3:38pm

I just this song to my 22 month old grandaughter, and she went to sleep. Brilliant. I couldn't remember ALL THE WORDS and had to make it up as I went a long. She particularly liked Hush Little Baby don't you cry!

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Vicki, Arkansas

26 July 2010 at 3:23am

My version is same as first one til: if that billy goat runs away papa gonna buy you a Chevrolet; if that chevrolet won't run , papa gonna buy you a BB gun, if that BB gun don't shoot, papa gonna buy you a bathing suit, if that bathing suit don't fit, papa gonna say aw shucks I quit!

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Shawna, Cottonwood Usa

10 July 2010 at 8:24am

My daughter just fell asleep listening to me sing it, it was great to watch...Honestly I think we have all heard it differently but it really doesnt matter as long as you still love the song

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Brianna, United States

6 July 2010 at 6:00am

i lov this song but i never got song a lullaby they put me to bed and leave me while i was crying.

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Sandy, Olivehurst, Ca

3 July 2010 at 6:56am

This is the only song that would ease my boys and now my grandchildren when they are in need of a nap or are upset. I tweek it a little, by singing "grandma" instead of "papa" and instead of "baby" I use their name. This helps for their little attention spans too I think!

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Zaryaa, Hawaii

1 July 2010 at 9:56pm

I am to love this song! It makes me happy and my children 2

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Afa, Alger Algeria

1 July 2010 at 9:43am

This is a lovely song I love to sing to my little brother and I couldnt remember the lyrics thanks

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Linzi, Usa

28 June 2010 at 11:02pm

i love this song so much that when im singing it i forget the words

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Amari, Sun United States

11 June 2010 at 9:40pm

this song is awesome!

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Jonel, Miami

9 June 2010 at 3:02pm

I really enjoy baby songs.

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Jonel, Miami

9 June 2010 at 3:00pm

cool

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Maddi, Queensland, Australia

24 May 2010 at 11:39pm

the version i grew up with and my daughter grew up with is hush little baby dont say a word, daddy's gonna buy you a mocking bird, if that mocking bird wont sing, daddy's gonna buy you a diamond ring if that diamond ring turns brass, daddy's gonna buy you a looking glass, if that looking glass gets broke, daddy's gonna buy you a billy goat, if that billy goat won't pull, daddy's gonna buy you a cart and bull, if that cart and bull turn over, daddy's gonna buy you a dog named rover, if that dog named rover won't bark, daddy's gonna buy you a horse and cart, if that horse and cart fall down, you will still be the sweetest little baby in town.

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Naima, Luton

22 May 2010 at 9:00am

My daughter loves this song she wants me to sing it to her at night. I was sure she will like it . My Mum use to sing it to me when i was a little kid.

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Karen Anne, Baltimore,md Usa

22 May 2010 at 8:57am

I sang this song to my little sister and she really fell asleep after this song,and she really loved it.

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Nisa, London

22 May 2010 at 8:53am

I sang this to my child and she absoulutly loved it. One day she is gonna know it. She start laghing and staff when i was singing it to her.

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Amanda, Springfield, Mo

21 April 2010 at 4:46am

I love this song. I have been trying to find the lyrics for awhile. It sounds silly by I sing this to my puppy when he is agitated and it lulls him to sleep. It's so cute.

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