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LULLABY

BYE BABY BUNTING, DADDY'S GONE A HUNTING,
GONE TO GET A RABBIT SKIN TO WRAP THE BABY BUNTING IN.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS A CHILD, MY FATHER USED TO SING THIS LULLABY TO ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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LULLABY

GOT A DEAR LITTLE DOLLIE
AND HER EYES ARE SO BLUE.
SHE CAN OPEN AND SHUT THEM
AND SHE SMILES AT ME TOO.
IN THE MORNING I DRESS HER
AND SHE GOES OUT TO PLAY.
THEN SHE ASKS ME TO ROCK HER
AND SHE IS HAPPY ALL DAY.
GO TO SLEEP MY DOLLIE.
CLOSE YOUR EYES SO BLUE.
THE SAND MAN IS COMING
TO BRING SWEET DREAMS TO YOU.

Submitter comment: DOLLIE CAN BE REPLACED WITH THE NAME OF THE CHILD.
THIS IS NOT SUNG TO A FAMILIAR TUNE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 1960S

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"CHEWING GUM SONG"

DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM
LOSE ITS FLAVOR
ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT?
CAN YOU CATCH IT ON YOUR TONSILS,
CAN YOU HEAVE IT LEFT AND RIGHT?
DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM
LOSE ITS FLAVOR
ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT?

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WOULD SING THIS SONG TO US BEFORE BEDTIME
TO MAKE US LAUGH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.800

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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Rock-a-Bye-Baby

Rock-a-bye-baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock;
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall
Down will come baby, cradle and all.

Submitter comment: Informant says that she learned this as a child from
her mother. It is sung to a small child (baby) at
bedtime to get the child to sleep.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 00001940S

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Camp Song, Girl Scouts

The title of this song is"Hello."
This song is used as a greeting
to another group.
Hello, hello, hello, hello
We are glad to meet you,
We are glad to greet you,
Hello, hello, hello, hello

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Holly ; Holly

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 07-00-1984

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Peanut Song

I used to sing this song to my children as a lullaby.
"Found a peanut, found a peanut,
Found a peanut just now.
I just now found a peanut, found a peanut just now.
I cracked it open, cracked it open,
Cracked it open just now.
I just now cracked it open, cracked it open just now.
Found it rotten, found it rotten,
Found it rotten just now.
Just now found it rotten, found it rotten just now.
Ate it anyway, ate it anyway,
Ate it anyway just now.
I just now ate it anyway, ate it anyway just now.
Got sick, got sick,
Got sick just now.
Just now got sick, got sick just now.
Called the doctor, called the doctor,
Called the doctor just now.
I just now called the doctor, called the doctor just now.
Died anyway, died anyway,
Died anyway just now.
Just now died anyway,died anyway just now.
Called the preacher, called the preacher,
Called the preacher just now.
Just now called the preacher, called the preacher just now.
Went to heaven, went to heaven,
Went to heaven just now.
I just now went to heaven, went to heaven just now.
Played a harp, played a harp,
Played a harp just now.
I just now played a harp, played a harp just now.
Broke a string, broke a string,
Broke a string just now.
I just now broke a string, broke a string just now.
Went the other way, went the other way,
Went the other way just now.
I just now went the other way, went the other way just now.
Shovelled coal, shovelled coal,
Shovelled coal just now.
Just now shovelled coal, shovelled coal just now.
Burnt my finger, burnt my finger,
Burnt my finger just now.
Just now burnt my finger, burnt my finger just now."

Submitter comment: The simple tune allows the use of almost any repeated phrase.
Substitutions or additions may be used to the meaning. Generally
plays as a camp song therefore allowing everyone to participate by
adding their own verse. Another version of the song that Grace
has heard replaces the lines "played a harp" and "broke a string"
with "met an angel" and "met St. Peter."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp in Caseville

Keyword(s): HELL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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Go to sleep little baby,
Go to sleep little baby,
When you wake,
We'll play patty cake
And ride a skinny little pony.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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Balloons, balloons,
Who will buy my pretty balloons,
Red and blue,
All for you,
Who will buy my pretty balloons?
Balloons, balloons,
Who will buy my pretty balloons?
Orange and green, tangerine,
Come and buy my pretty balloons.

Where learned: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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CRADLE SONG

HUSH A BY,
DON'T YOU CRY.
GO TO SLEEPY, LITTLE BABY.
WHEN YOU WAKE,
YOU SHALL HAVE
ALL THE PRETTY HORSES --
BLACK AND GREY,
ROAN AND BAY.
A COACH AND SIX LITTLE HORSES.

Submitter comment: THIS VARIATION WAS SUNG TO ME BY MY MOTHER WHO FIRST HEARD IT
IN SOUTH CAROLINA SUNG BY NEGRO MAMMIES. ANOTHER VERSION CAN BE
FOUND IN: LOMAX, AMERICAN BALLADS AND FOLK SONG. NEW YORK :
MACMILLAN, 1935, P.304.

Data entry tech comment: THE TITLE OF THE SONG IS:"ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES"

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 00001950S

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Lullaby

Bye baby bunting
Daddy's gone a hunting
To catch a rabbit skin
To wrap the baby bunting in

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; 808 Battery Ln.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Hush, Little Baby

Hush little baby don't say a word
Papa's gonna buy you a mocking bird.

If that mocking bird won't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.

If that billy goat won't pull,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover won't bark,
Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down,
You'll still be the cutest baby in town.

 

 

Submitter comment:

Origin: informant's father, John.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; HAMPTON PLAYGROUND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Hush Little Baby

Hush little baby don't say a word,
Papa's gonna buy you a mockin' bird.
And if that mockin' bird don't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond turns to brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a lookin' glass.
And if that lookin' glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.
And if that billy goat turns boney,
Papa's gonna buy you a Shetland pony.
And if that pony runs away,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart of hay.
And if that hay and cart turn over,
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog runs away,
Papa will buy another some fine day.
Hush little baby hush little baby hush, hush, hush.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Lullaby

Go tell Aunt Rhody
Go tell Aunt Rhody
Go tell Aunt Rhody
That the old grey goose is dead.

The one she's been saving
The one she's been saving
The one she's been saving
To make a feather bed.

Old gander's weeping . . .
Because his wife is dead.

The goslins are crying . . .
Because their mother's dead.

Go tell Aunt Rhody . . .
That the old grey goose is dead.


 

Submitter comment:

From childhood; my grandmother used to sing it.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Grandmother

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Lullaby

Hush my darling/God will guard you/all through the night --
In His Love/you'll sleep my darling/all through the night --
And His Angels/they will watch you/all through the night --
Hush my darling/darkness goes now/with the morning light ---


 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and city of residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Lullaby

Bye Lo Baby Bunting
Daddy's gone a-hunting
To get a little rabbit's skin
To wrap up baby bunting in.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Song

Whose little girl are you?
Whose little girl are you?

My Aunt Helen [Kush] used to sing this song to my two sisters and me. It is simple, but soothing.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Lullaby

Rock a bye baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock,
if the bow [bough] breaks the cradle will fall,
down will come baby, cradle and all.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: informant's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Song

Nina noshe naddee,
Nina noshe naddee,
Mushnina qua,
Musnina qua,
Oo-ee-oo.

Lullaby, my baby,
Lullaby, my baby,
Hushaby
Hushaby
Hm

 

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Cradle Song

Here's a ball for baby, big and soft and round.
Here's a baby's hammer. Oh! how he can pound.
Here's a big umbrella to keep the baby dry.
Here's baby's cradle, rock-a-baby-bye.

Rock-a-by, don't you cry, we will go see granny. Up the hill, behind the mill to see the little lambie.

Baby is a sailor boy, sleep, baby, sleep.
The father is captain and mother is mate,
Sleep, baby, sleep.

(Song sung while rocking children to sleep.)

 

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's residence

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Little Shoes

Little shoes are sold at the doorway of heaven
And to all the tattered little angels are given.

CHORUS:
Slumber my baby, slumber my baby
Slumber my baby, a rou a rou

God will bless the children so peacefully sleeping.
God will bless their mothers whose watch they are keeping.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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