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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Courtney, Houston, Tx

13 August 2009 at 3:18am

My mom always sang it with the end...if that billy goat gets bony mama's going to buy you a shetland pony and if that shetland pony runs away...rah rah rah, boom de a

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Jeff, Cambridge, Usa

5 August 2009 at 4:50am

THIS IS THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSE TO END! "and if that billy goat runs away grandpas going to buy you a pony some day so when your feeling down and blue grandpas going to sing this song for you hush little baby don't you cry grandpas coming home soon by and by"

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Leanora, Dallas, Oregon Usa

25 July 2009 at 2:06am

Wow I was singing all the versions to my husband and two year old and they are both OUT. ha this song is magic

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Lisa, United States

19 July 2009 at 8:59pm

i love it because my daughter goes to sleep on it

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Caitlyn, Sydney Australia !!

16 July 2009 at 8:09am

I Love this song, my mum used to sing it to me as a baby, im 15 now and i sing it to my little cousin to help her sleep. Great song thanks for havin the lyrics, it was a big help i kept stopping half way through and making stuff up HAHA.

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Liz, Usa

3 June 2009 at 9:05pm

i sing it to my nephew he loves it. i like the all the alternative Version.

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Aluat, Sudan

29 May 2009 at 9:25am

I loved this song because my grandma sang it to me before i left her.

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Bianca, Summer

15 May 2009 at 9:58am

My 5 month old loves this I have to sing it to her wen she tierd and won't go sleep I made my own up wid mummy n nanny lol cheers for putting it on here can sing it propley now ...

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Tsugeyu, Native America!

5 May 2009 at 12:40am

I have five sons and have sung this song to all of them at both nap time and night time. I have sung this song to my nieces, nephews, cousins and even the nonrelations that I have cared for. It is my favorite relaxing song that also sends a message of love to the child. I will continue this tradition with my grandchildren.

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Lisa, Palestine,tx

3 May 2009 at 1:33am

My mom sang this song to me when i was a lilttle girl and now i sing it to my lilttle girl! i love this song!

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Elena, Palmdale, Ca, Usa

23 April 2009 at 6:08am

I love this song, but I heard it different too....oh well, cute either way!

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Heather, Libaler

19 April 2009 at 7:20pm

god god

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Thomas, Anchorage Usa

8 April 2009 at 12:51am

I want this for my ring-tone, how do I do that?

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Ashley, Casper, Wy

5 April 2009 at 6:34am

i love this song but i heard it a bit diferent

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Kat, Bee

5 April 2009 at 11:37pm

I love this song

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Cindy, Birmingham, Alabama Usa

2 April 2009 at 4:08am

Thank you so much for this site. It will go in my favorites. My 2 year old grand daughter loves this song. We "shing" it every night.

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Colm, Ireland

22 March 2009 at 8:28pm

great to find these lyrics again. Not all the words are the same as we remember but they are close enough for us to improvise...

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Damien, Montgomery, Al

20 March 2009 at 7:36am

Thanks for posting these words... I have been trying to remember the words and could only get as far as billy goat before I forgot the rest of the words... and i knew horse and cart came in sometime, but couldn't figure how to get to it. Oh and these are the real lyrics cassidy; just read The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes (2000). Odds are your parents sang some other version because they could not remember all the words... there have been many alterations to this song because people forget and make up their own words and it is so easy to fit the meter.

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Evelyn Wolff, Custer Wa

13 March 2009 at 7:47pm

Thank you much for having this song. I have a new grandson who is 8 months old and I was trying to remember the words my Mother use to sing to me. I guess there were a lot of mothers that could not remember the exact words so they made up their own. But no matter it is nice to know that you can always find what you want on the internet.

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Manuel, Dijon, France

16 February 2009 at 8:21pm

It's very sweet, relly lovely a lulliby. I recommend you all to look out for Bobby McFerring singing it along with Yo Yo Ma, it's another wonderful production.

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