Poor Babes In The Wood

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Legend says that if a robin redbreast finds a dead body in the woods it will cover it with moss.

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Susan, United States

18 December 2014 at 8:26pm

My mother sang this to my sister and me. My grandmother sang it to her when she was a child. I sang it to my daughter. My family was from Arkansas but I now live in Texas. It is interesting to see the words to it as some of our words are different but similar. I loved the melody and never thought about it being scary only sad. We will keep our version going in our family.

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Cameo, United States, Missouri

10 October 2014 at 2:34am

My mom sang this song to me when I was little. I was born in 1979. She said her grandfather sang it to her and her sisters. Some of the lyrics are a little different, but as a whole it's pretty much the same. The chorus was never included and I'm looking for a recording of this song to hear how the chorus goes. I would love to hear it if anyone knows how to find it.

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Melinda, Arkansas

24 June 2014 at 5:22pm

Babes in the Woods is thought to be about the princes in the tower, and some say that the song dates to the Renaissance.

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Suzanne, United States

16 May 2013 at 2:06am

My mom sang this to me, I was born in 1954. She passed 2 years ago, and I thought of it tonight. So glad to see the entire words written down. I loved this song as a nighttime sleep song. I hope another child finds it too....

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Jonathan, United Kingdom

10 April 2013 at 9:46pm

This is a folk song that has crossed an ocean as it has been sung to children as a lullaby in England for well over a hundred years. Both my mother and my grandmother sang it to their children. Our tune is similar to the American tune but without the twang.

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Alesa, United States

16 January 2013 at 3:49am

I too was sung a version of this song by my great grandmother who was born in 1881. She was raised outside Pollack, Louisiana but I live in Arkansas. I sang it to my children, but they don't want me to sing it to their children because it scares them!

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Carolyn, United States

17 November 2012 at 8:34pm

Thank you so much, I've searched for this for so long. I'm 62 and the youngest of 6 children. My mother sang this song to me when I was very young, and I have held it safe in my heart, remembering it always. I asked my older siblings recently and none of them remembered it. I feel very fortunate to have been given this gift, and to find the entire song, as my 90 yr old mother couldn't remember all of it and her memory sadly, is going bit by bit.. By the way, she was from Arkansas. I would love to know the song's history. Thank you again for allowing me to sing the entire song and shed a happy tear.

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Abby, United States

11 April 2012 at 10:53am

My Grandmother sang this song to me when I was a little girl; haunting as it is, I always remembered it. She passed away yesterday at 94 years old and I'm thrilled to find the whole song written down.

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Mary Jo, United States

21 December 2011 at 5:05am

My grandmother sang this song to my mother and my mother sang it to me, and she sang it to my children. I am finally going to be a grandmother so I am happy to find the words so, although I don't sing well, I will sing it to my grandchild to carry it on for a fourth generation.

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Cindy, United States

11 September 2011 at 6:15am

I can remember my mom singing this song to me as I sat in her lap, and she rocked me to sleep. When I remember the words, I always feel a bit melancholy. My mom finally admitted that she liked to sing this song to me because it made me cry...she thought it was 'cute'. Yes, my family has a weird sense of humor, and but this warms my heart and brings warm memories to me.

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Lauren, United States

19 June 2011 at 5:59am

When I was a little girl, my grandma who I called middy used to sing this to my brother and I every night before bed. She passed away and now the only person in our family who knows it is my aunt carol who can barely speak. Im so thrilled that I could find the lyrics to a family nursery rhyme.

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Amy, United States

28 February 2011 at 5:57pm

My dad read this poem to me when I was a little girl. I have spent forever trying to find the poem for I had forgotten the words. When my dad passed away in September 2009 I was packing away some of his things and found a photo copy of the page from the nursery rhyme book and was delighted that my dad had saved a copy for me. I just wish he were here to read it to me.

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Nancy, United States

16 January 2011 at 5:56pm

My grandmother sang this song to my mother, MaryEtta (now 95), and to my Uncle George, age 94. They were young children and my mom is just now telling me about this song. I'm delighted to find all of the words so she can sing what she has yet to remember.

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.