Baby Mine: The Dumbo Lullaby

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A sad song of separation, Baby Mine, is a reassuring lullaby for little babes.  Here are the lyrics for Baby Mine, and parents may already recognize the beautiful tune from Disney’s movie about a flying elephant, Dumbo.

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Baby Mine Lyrics

Baby mine, don’t you cry
Baby mine, dry your eyes
Rest your head close to my heart
Never to part, baby of mine

Little one when you play
Don’t you mind what they say
Let those eyes sparkle and shine
Never a tear, baby of mine

If they knew sweet little you
They’d end up loving you too
All those same people who scold you
What they’d give just for

The right to hold you
From your head to your toes
You’re so sweet, goodness knows
You are so precious to me
Sweet as can be, baby of mine

Click to download a pdf printable of Baby Mine Lyrics.

History of the Lullaby

Baby Mine is the song Dumbo’s mother (a.k.a Mrs. Jumbo) sings when she is locked in a circus wagon during the 1941 Disney animated movie Dumbo. She cradles baby Dumbo in her trunk as she sings the lullaby.

The music was written by Frank Churchill, with lyrics by Ned Washington, and original vocals by Betty Noyes.

Numerous recordings of the lullaby exist, most notably a swing version by Glenn Miller, an instrumental violin version by Jenny Oaks Baker, a country folk version by Alison Krauss, and Bette Midler’s cover on the 1988 Beaches movie soundtrack.

Additional Lyrics to Baby Mine

Many recent vocal versions include the following verse, which was not included in the original Disney version.

If they knew, sweet little you,
they’d end up loving you too.
All those same people who scold you,
what they’d give just for the right to hold you.

Video of Baby Mine as Sung by Bette Midler

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