Hush, Little Baby is a popular lullaby that most likely originated in the south of the USA.
It has been covered and adapted by multiple artists across multiple genres including Regina Spektor, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield or Eminem. Often times, the song is known as “Mockingbird” based on the first verse of the song.
Hush, Little Baby is very versatile as the simple structure of the song permits new verses to be added with ease.
“Hush, Little Baby” Lyrics
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 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 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.