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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Abryia, Ksa(dharan)

19 April 2010 at 10:58am

i know this song since i was in kindergarten i love this song very much i am 11 years old now but i still remember it just a few rows that i forgote thanks 4 puting this song on bussongs.com nick name.....amason talk to you later(ttyl):) :( :) :( :) :(

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Neo Matlala, Pretoria, South Africa

8 April 2010 at 10:44am

I love the song I used to sing it to my nephews and they love when I sing to them, I would have loved singing it to my Baby who passed away after birth.

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Izzy, Earth

7 April 2010 at 11:11pm

my mom used to sing this to me all the time i luv it

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Karen Anne, Baltimore, Md Usa

23 March 2010 at 6:22pm

Love love love this song. I am 58 years old & my Mom sang this to me & my older sister. She said my Grandmother used to sing it to her also. I have sung it to my son & my grandson & to all the children that I Nanny. that's a lot of singing thru the generations. This song is timeless!.

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Fay, United Kingdom

23 March 2010 at 9:34am

A great big thanx for the lyrics. I always got stuck after the diamond ring verse, and repeated the mockingbird verse over and over again until my little girl fell asleep. I use to drive myself mad singing the same thing over let alone my little one. lol, now I sing her all the different versions and I think shes noticed too...ha ha.

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James, Kent, Uk

14 March 2010 at 10:36pm

I have no idea where I heard this as I believe it's origins are from the US, but my 6 week old loves it (well daddy loves singing it to her) Thanks

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Emily, Uk Bradford

10 March 2010 at 12:31pm

cool song

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Cj Cruz, Phillippines

2 March 2010 at 4:34pm

I love this song!Bec. it's very relaxing to the ear and if you're a mom or a dad you will really feel like you're a baby comforted & protected by your loving parents... that's why when my baby was still in my womb I used to sang that song for him until now to make him feel he's very loved by his wonderful parents--us- Cj&Don

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Destinee, Missouri

12 February 2010 at 4:37am

I love this song I remember when my grandma and mom used to sing this to me! I love it. Thanks!

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Destinee, Missouri

12 February 2010 at 4:35am

I love this song I jus sang it to my little sis! She loves it!

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Sam, Pensylvanya

19 December 2009 at 4:32pm

i love that song my mom yust to sing it to me all the time

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Rosemarie, Wexford, Ireland

10 November 2009 at 8:01pm

This song brings back so many happy memories and now i can look forward to singing it to my own kids my son loves it. I have noticed from this page that there are many versions

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Mindy, Eugene Oregon

8 November 2009 at 5:45am

I love that song. my mom used to sing it to me all the time when i was younger. It relly does make you sleepy. :) im gonna sing it to my child!

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Cindy, Vidalia Ga. Usa

1 November 2009 at 2:15am

My mom always sang the end like this .... If that billy goat runs away momas gonna buy you a bale of hay. If that bale of hay gets wet, momas gonna say good gosh I quit! I like it that way!

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Melani, Bronx Ny

17 October 2009 at 3:26am

My brother loves dis songs

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Derby, Brunei

21 September 2009 at 2:21pm

I don't know why, but I just loved this song the moment I heard it

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Courtney, United Kindom

13 September 2009 at 5:55pm

i really like that song if i had a son or girl they would of fell asleep straight awat

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Julie, Stockton, Ca Usa

9 September 2009 at 6:42am

Thanks to all But the way I know it was Kris's I had to refresh my lullabys for my 12 year old had a request of this one after a real bad day at school today. I guess everyone needs a lullaby once and a while

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Kris, Huntsville, Usa

24 August 2009 at 5:43am

These are the lyrics as I remember them: Hush little baby, don't say a word Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird. If that mockingbird won't sing Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring. And if that diamond ring turns brass Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass. If that looking glass should crack Mama's gonna buy you a jumping jack. And if that jumping jack won't hop Mama's gonna buy you a lollipop. When that lollipop is done Mama's gonna buy you another one. When that lollipop is all eaten up Mama's gonna buy you a little pup. If that little pup won't bark Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart. And if that horse and cart fall down, You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

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Katarina, Freiburg, Germany

16 August 2009 at 9:25pm

I'm looking for alternative lyrics all the time as singing the same again and again is quite boring. Thanks so much for this collection. Love it

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