Rock a Bye, Baby

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Information About Rock a Bye, Baby

"Rock a Bye Baby" is an old English lullaby and sometimes referred to as "Hushabye Baby"; the melody for which, is a variant on the English satirical ballad 'Lilliburlerois' by Henry Purcell.

The first record of the words, bearing a strong resemblance to those used today, was in 'Mother Goose's Melody' possibly published by John Newbery around 1765.

There are a number of theories regarding the origin of the words to the song. Some believe it to be the first ever nursery rhyme to be written on American soil.

Another theory suggests it was written during the time of Oliver Cromwell; a critique of the king and his family "in disguise". The tree symbolizing the state, the tree top the king. The wind is the wind of change; the revolution, and the breaking bough refers to the goal of the revolution: to remove the reign.

On April 18, 1880, an intense tornado measuring F4 on the Fujita scale struck Marshfield. Its damage path was 800 yards (730 m) wide and 64 miles (103 km) long. The tornado killed 99 people and injured 100, and it is said that 10% of Marshfield's residents were killed and all but 15 of its buildings were destroyed. According to Ripley's Believe It or Not!, a baby girl was found sleeping peacefully in the branches of a tall elm. This is believed to be the origin of the children's lullaby "Rock A Bye Baby". The child was never identified and was later adopted by a local family.

For further information about the origin of the song "Rock a Bye Baby". Take a look at Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

An alternate (and less disturbing!) ending to the song is:

"And momma will catch you cradle and all".

Different words to sing to your baby

Baby is drowsy,
Cozy and fair
His mother sits
In her rocking chair
Forward and back
The baby she swings
And though baby sleeps
He hears what she sings.

From the high rooftops,
Down to the sea
No one's as dear
As baby to me
Wee little hands,
Eyes shiny and bright
Now sound asleep
Until morning light.

Rock a bye baby
In the tree top
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
When the bough breaks,
The cradle will fall
And down will come baby
Cradle and all.

A longer version goes like this

Rock a bye baby
Thy cradle is green
Fathers a nobleman
Mothers queen
And Betty's a lady
Who wears a gold ring
And Johny's a drummer
Who drums for the king.

Here's another extended version

Rock a bye baby, on the tree top
When the wind blows the cradle will rock
When the bow brakes the cradle will fall
And down will go baby cradle and all.

You're cradle is green your momma is queen
And your daddy is king.
Sisters a lady that wears a gold ring.
Brother a drummer that plays for the king.

Up and down the hill your cradle will rock
But don't worry baby because mamma is nay
And no baby's will fall no not today.

Here's A Short and Sweet Version

Rock a bye baby on the tree top
When the wind blows the cradle will rock
And baby birds sing a sweet song
So baby sleeps all the night long.

The shortest version we've ever found

Hush a bye daddy asleep on the beach
When the tide comes in then daddy will screech
When daddy screeches we will give him a hand to dig poor old daddy out of the sand.

One more extra verse

Rock a bye Rock a bye nothing to fear
Rock a bye rock a bye mommy is near.

Rock a bye Baby rock a bye
Dear angels in Heaven will watch over thee
Rock a bye baby rock a bye dear.

There really is a lot of different verses to this song!

Rock a Bye
Rock a Bye
Rock a Bye my Baby
Rock a Bye
Rock a Bye
Rock a Bye my Baby

Repeat 3 times

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Chloe, Ontario, Canada

19 July 2014 at 9:53pm

This sweet melody, originating in 1765, brings back infancy memories!

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Meep, Australia

26 February 2014 at 11:29pm


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Meep, Australia

26 February 2014 at 11:28pm

This is honestly very screwed up but it helped me on my retarded paper for class and im in 7th grade so childish

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Caroline, United States

25 September 2012 at 11:05pm

this song is nice and sweet

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Shayne, United States

15 June 2012 at 3:30pm

i like it so dos my little friend

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Alyssa, United States

8 February 2012 at 5:40pm

long time no see!

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Jennifer, United Kingdom

8 February 2012 at 5:40pm

HEYYYYY! *fist bump*

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Alyssa, United States

8 February 2012 at 5:39pm

heyy bff!

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Jennifer, United Kingdom

8 February 2012 at 5:38pm

I agree with you , Alyssa! P.S. for anyone who wants to know, she is my best friend

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Alyssa, United States

8 February 2012 at 5:35pm

I love having fun!

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Rafael, Philippines

30 January 2012 at 4:41pm

my girlfriend like this when I'm singing and she will fell asleep. :)

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Sophie, United States

3 January 2012 at 10:37pm

Hehe i like this

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Sophie, India

3 January 2012 at 10:32pm

Hehe i like this

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Jany, Philippines

1 January 2012 at 12:21am

i l0ve this baby b0y liam falls asleep instantly!

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Fudgefan#1, United States

21 December 2011 at 11:03pm

cute. :-|

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Jaunita, Mexico

7 December 2011 at 9:47pm

this is the best song ever (el mejor) :)

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Leslie, United States

7 December 2011 at 9:44pm

i love the song and so does my mom

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Jess, United States

26 May 2011 at 1:55pm

Thank you for the alternate lyrics! My daughter was loving the song but seeming a little upset by the original.

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Rae, Philippines

26 May 2011 at 2:56am

my daughter lian love this very much..

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Lori & Tom, United Kingdom

15 May 2011 at 9:35pm

I love this song its sweet we sing it to our baby boy :)

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