Hush Little Baby, Don’t Say a Word: The Mockingbird Lullaby

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Momma’s gonna buy you a WHAT?!? A Mockingbird? A Diamond Ring? Every parent can relate to the frustration of calming a tired child, and will resort to ANYTHING, including bribery, to get a baby to sleep.  Fortunately, the lullaby lyrics to Hush Little Baby can both calm the baby, and put a smile on the face of the exhausted parent.

Click to download a black and white pdf printable of Hush Little Baby Song Lyrics.

What are the Lullaby Lyrics to Hush Little Baby?

Hush, little Baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a Mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don’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 looking glass is 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 a 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 a cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

History of the Folk Song Hush Little Baby

Unlike many nursery rhymes and poems which originated in England, Hush, Little Baby is a traditional American lullaby, thought to have originated in the Southern United States. Like most American folk songs, the original author is unknown.

The song sings of the difficulties of quieting a baby, with the promise of all kinds of rewards to the child if he or she is quiet. Many parents create their own verses to the song, so get creative and make-up some lyrics of your own!!

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