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.
“Hush, Little Baby” has also been used in the play about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan called “The Miracle Worker.”
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:
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.
Mama’s gonna buy you a looking-glass.
Mama’s gonna buy you a billy-goat.
Mama’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.
NOTE: In this Hush, Little Baby version, the following lines are added around the ending:
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.
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