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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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