May I let my voice be a clarion call. I will use these words for justice. I will use these words for truth. And humour.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Chords and Lyrics for "Hush Little Baby"

This lullaby is a really easy one to sing, and when I looked up the lyrics for it online, I was surprised to find that it had all sorts of archaic stuff, is clumsy with the rhyme scheme, and even tried to jam extra syllables in. Case in point: "dog named rover," "cart and bull"???

Anyway, I called up my sister to see what she recalled our parents singing, and she said these were the lyrics she used, so I'm going to go with that.

Here is the song as a printable image using one of my favorite fonts and a soft and soothing color scheme (click for full-size):

Note that this key is awfully high, but it sounds just great and Henry loves it. The opening note is C#.

And here are the words as plain text:
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 is brass

Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass should crack

Mama's gonna buy you a jumping jack

And if that jumping jack won't hop

Mama's gonna buy you a lollipop

And when that lollipop is done

Mama's gonna buy you another one

So hush little baby don't say a word...

(rinse and repeat as needed)

*substitutions of "papa" "mommy" "daddy" or any two-syllable name may be admissable
**kind of a consumeristic song, huh? I envision GWB post-911 telling people "go out and buy more mockingbirds and lollipops people!"

chant/prayer/mantra: may all our babies and parents sleep soundly one day

pax hominibus,
agape to all,

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Glad your little boy is liking the's one for all generations. Sang it to Grandma in her final days a bit too.


BTW, my Hen friends call me Mabel on another blog.
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