“Rock-a-bye Baby (also known as Hush a Bye Baby) is an 18th century English nursery rhyme and lullaby.
It was first mentioned in written form in 1765 in Mother Goose’s Melody. Shortly after, in 1785, it was published on American soil as well.
There is plenty of speculation regarding the original meaning of this lullaby. It was suggested that it would be original to America as someone observed the way Native American children were put on a tree top and the wind rocked them to sleep there.
Although this supposition makes sense, there is absolutely no written reference to support it.
“Rock-a-bye Baby” Lyrics
Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetops,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.