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Hush Little Baby Don’t say a… Wah?

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I can not be the only mom who sings to her baby. I do it almost unconsciously, especially when I’m changing or nursing him.

The song almost always starts with a hum. Then I add words until I realize…I don’t actually know them.

My favorite is “Hush Little Baby”.

I normally sing…

Hush little baby don’t say a word,
Momma’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Momma’s gonna by you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring don’t shine,
Momma’s gonna buy you a…
…a…bottle of wine.

Now I KNOW this isn’t right but for some reason that’s where I take it. After that, I continue with random things that rhyme.

And if that bottle of wine tastes yucky,
Momma’s gonna buy you a rubber ducky.

And if that rubber ducky doesn’t float,
Momma’s gonna buy you a big ass boat.

Yes, I actually sing “ass”. Bad, I know.

Well today, I decided to look up the words. According to Poetry Foundation the lyrics are:

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns to brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’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!

Whaaa? Really? It’s Papa not Mamma? And the diamond ring turns brass? Who knew?

Oh, and there’s an end? My version never ends.

Did you guys know there real lyrics? Or do you make up your own?

Article Posted 6 years Ago

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