Mockingbird

Lyrics

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's going to buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird won't sing,
Papa's going to buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama's going to buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's going to buy you a billy-goat.

And if that billy-goat runs away,
Mama's going to buy you another one today.

And all of these things your parents will do,
Because you're the best little child in the world.

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Information About Mockingbird

"Mockingbird" is usually sung as a lullaby and the song is sometimes referred to as "Hush Little Baby". The song is most likely to be American but its author and origin are unknown.

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.

This is another song about Mockingbirds.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version goes through other things being given to the baby

Hush little baby don't say a word
Momma's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don't sing
Momma's gonna buy you a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring turns brass
Momma's gonna buy you a looking glass
And if that looking glass gets broke.
Momma's gonna buy you a billy goat
And if that billy goat don't pull
Momma's gonna buy you a cart
And a bull and if that cart and bull turn over
Momma's gonna buy you a doggy named Rover
And if that doggy named Rover won't bark
Momma's gonna buy you a horse and a cart
And if that horse and cart fall down
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in the town!

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Millicent, United States

10 February 2013 at 4:44am

My first grandchild, Luke Taylor only 8 months old, just went off to sleep mesmerized by my adlibed version of the mockingbird song -- made me search for the lyrics after I put him down-- what a blessing is music, song & especially lullabies:)) Sleep tight all.

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Michelle, United States

13 March 2012 at 7:14am

Toni that is so adorable! I'm going to end it with that for my little babygirl too.

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Cede, Andorra

29 December 2011 at 3:13pm

Love this song, its sooooo sweet my mom always sang this to me and i will sing this to my children someday

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Lyss, Bahamas

26 October 2011 at 10:57pm

this song so cool i singh it every day

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Toni, United States

13 October 2011 at 7:27pm

I have always ended it with.... Now hush little baby, don't you cry, cuz momma will always be right by your side.

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Mersadies, United States

28 February 2011 at 11:40pm

My parents and grandparents used to sing both of the ways listed, so now i was confued on the correct word. It's all good now.

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Courtney, Wakefield Ri

8 December 2009 at 6:19pm

i dont have a mom so my dad sung it this wayy Hush lil baby dont say a word papas gonna buy you a mockingbird.. And if that Mockingbird dont sing papas gonna buy you a diamond ring and if that Diamond rings turns brass papas gonna buy you a billy goat and if that billy goat dont pulll papas gonna buy you a cart and a bull and if that cart and bull turn over papas gonna buy you a doggy named Rover and if that doggy named Rover wont bark papas gonna buy you a horse and a cart and if that horse and cart fall down You'll still be the sweetest lil baby in the town!

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Lily, Princeton, Nj

27 April 2009 at 5:37am

! My mom would sing it like this:! Hush little baby, don't say a word! Momma's gonna buy you a mockingbird! and if that mockingbird don't sing,! Momma's gonna buy you a diamond ring! and if that diamond ring don't shine! Momma's gonna give you a valentine! and if that valentine ain't enough! Momma's gonna give you a great big hug! and if that hug don't make you smile! Momma's gonna sing you this lullaby !

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Emma Martin Martin, United States

29 March 2009 at 12:29am

! My mom always used to sing it this way, but im not sure if it's a single mom thing! ! ! Hush little baby, don't say a word! momma's gonna buy you a mockingbird! and if that mockingbird won't sing! momma's gonna buy you a diamond ring! and if that diamond ring won't shine! momma's gonna buy you a five and dime! but if that five and dime goes broke! momma's gonna buy you a billy goat! and if that billy goat runs away! momma's gonna love you anyway !

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