Hush Little Baby is a traditional lullaby, thought to have been written in the Southern United States. Like most folk songs, the author and date of origin are unknown.

The lyrics promise all kinds of rewards to the child if they are quiet. The simple structure allows more verses to be added ad-lib.

The song has been performed and recorded by many artists including Joan Baez, Burl Ives, Regina Spektor, Nina Simone, The Weavers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Additionally, the song has been adapted into pop songs such as Maurice King’s “Hambone”, Inez and Charlie Foxx’s “Mockingbird” and Bo Diddley’s eponymous song “Bo Diddley”, as well as Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma’s “Hush Little Baby” and Eminem’s “Mockingbird”.

2016 saw this song recorded by violinist Vov Dylan for the album World Lullabies which is acting as a fundraiser for Starlight Foundation.

Hush Little Baby Lyrics

Hush little baby, don’t say a word
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockin’ bird

And if that mockin’ bird won’t sing
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass
Mama’s gonna buy you a-looking glass

And if that lookin’ 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 turn 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 fall down
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town

Hush little baby, don’t say a word
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockin’ bird

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