Hush, Little Baby (Lullaby Song)

Hush, Little Baby (Children’s Song)


– Lyrics, downloadable image below*

Background/ History/ Origin:

“Hush, Little Baby” is an American traditional lullaby song, but like most traditional folk songs, its  date of origin and author remain unknown. Nonetheless, this song is thought to have been written somewhere in Southern United States.

The song has a simple structure that allows you to add more verses to it, ad lib–a reason why many artists have performed and recorded this favorite children’s song. This lullaby song has also even been adapted into several pop songs (like Emimen’s “Mockingbird.”)

“Hush, Little Baby” has also been used in the play about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan called “The Miracle Worker.”

Song Meaning:

The words/ lyrics of “Hush, Little Baby” show a mother (or father, etc.) promising all kinds of rewards to the baby or child if he or she “hushes” or becomes quiet.

Many versions have simple changes to the song’s lyrics, but all remain true to its meaning of promising rewards to a child for being quiet.

Hush, Little Baby Words/ Lyrics:

The most common lyrics of Hush, Little Baby are:

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turned brass,
Mama’s gonna buy you a looking-glass.
And if that looking-glass gets broke,
Mama’s gonna buy you a billy-goat.
And if that billy-goat won’t pull,
Mama’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.
And if that cart and bull turned over,
Mama’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fell down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town…


NOTE: In this Hush, Little Baby version, the following lines are added around the ending:

So hush, little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy loves you so do I.
Hush, little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy loves you so do I…


ALSO, you can substitute Mama with Papa or Dada, etc. or vice versa, depending on your personal preference or your relationship to the child you’re singing to.

(Lyrics Image:)
Hush Little Baby

Hush, Little Baby (jpg)


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