go to sleep my little picaninny

go to sleep my little picaninny
or the fox will catch you if you don't
hushabye rockabye mama's little darling
hulla hulla baloo

go to sleep mama's little darling

I think the 2nd verse had the moon mentioned but I can't remember anymore. My dad used to sing it to me and I'd love to know all the words .

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Aug 27, 2014
Lyrics NEW
by: Anonymous

The song was written for the stage show, Aladdin, Jr., circa 1893. Staged by David Henderson's American Extravaganza in Chicago.

Lyrics are at: http://www.bartleby.com/248/1469.html

As Figgypud points out, you can hear Rosa Ponselle’s 1899 version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOWuerPPEcQ

My mother and grandmother sang it to me and I sang it to my kids.

I find it amazing that the song was passed down from generation to generation by so many families!

limehouse

Aug 26, 2014
Little Alabama Coon NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 73 and my grandma & mum sang this to me & I sang to my grandchildren.
Go to sleep my little picaninny underneath the sunny side the moon, hush a bye don't you cry Mammy's little baby, Mammy's little Alabama coon. Then one day the little coon was gone forever more, God had took the dusky little elf and Mammy at the door sits and rocks for days of yore and croons to her kind old self. Honey stay in your own back yard, don't ya mind what the white chile do, what do suppose they gonna give a black little coon like you, stay inside your high board fence and honey don't you cry so hard, go out and play as much as you please but play in your own back yard.

Aug 26, 2014
Little Alabama Coon NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 73 and my grandma & mum sang this to me & I sang to my grandchildren.
Go to sleep my little picaninny underneath the sunny side the moon, hush a bye don't you cry Mammy's little baby, Mammy's little Alabama coon. Then one day the little coon was gone forever more, God had took the dusky little elf and Mammy at the door sits and rocks for days of yore and croons to her kind old self. Honey stay in your own back yard, don't ya mind what the white chile do, what do suppose they gonna give a black little coon like you, stay inside your high board fence and honey don't you cry so hard, go out and play as much as you please but play in your own back yard.

Aug 26, 2014
Little Alabama Coon NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 73 and my grandma & mum sang this to me & I sang to my grandchildren.
Go to sleep my little picaninny underneath the sunny side the moon, hush a bye don't you cry Mammy's little baby, Mammy's little Alabama coon. Then one day the little coon was gone forever more, God had took the dusky little elf and Mammy at the door sits and rocks for days of yore and croons to her kind old self. Honey stay in your own back yard, don't ya mind what the white chile do, what do suppose they gonna give a black little coon like you, stay inside your high board fence and honey don't you cry so hard, go out and play as much as you please but play in your own back yard.

Aug 26, 2014
Little Alabama Coon NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 73 and my grandma & mum sang this to me & I sang to my grandchildren.
Go to sleep my little picaninny underneath the sunny side the moon, hush a bye don't you cry Mammy's little baby, Mammy's little Alabama coon. Then one day the little coon was gone forever more, God had took the dusky little elf and Mammy at the door sits and rocks for days of yore and croons to her kind old self. Honey stay in your own back yard, don't ya mind what the white chile do, what do suppose they gonna give a black little coon like you, stay inside your high board fence and honey don't you cry so hard, go out and play as much as you please but play in your own back yard.

Aug 26, 2014
Kansas version? NEW
by: Anonymous

This song has been passed down to my grandmother from her Nanny, my mother, and I sang it to my kids. Our version goes...

"Go to sleep my little picaninny
momma's going to spank you if you don't
sleeping on the bossom of your ole Mamma Ginny
Mamma's lil baby
Mamma's lil baby
Mamma's lil Alabama coon."

Aug 02, 2014
Original recording NEW
by: Figgypud

The song "Mama's Little Alabama Coon", written in 1899, was popularised when a recording was released by Rosa Ponselle. You can hear it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOWuerPPEcQ

Jul 15, 2014
Does anyone know this song NEW
by: Anonymous

My mother used to sing this and I did find it on the internet once, but can't now.

Bye a little wagon to haul the baby out, give her nice fresh air. Feed her on bananas and she'll never get the gout, tie a yellow ribbon in her hair.
Bye, bye baby I'm your mommy, up and down she goes. She's a little picaninny from way down in ole virginny. Oh my goodness how she grows.

Jul 15, 2014
Does anyone know this song NEW
by: Anonymous

My mother used to sing this and I did find it on the internet once, but can't now.

Bye a little wagon to haul the baby out, give her nice fresh air. Feed her on bananas and she'll never get the gout, tie a yellow ribbon in her hair.
Bye, bye baby I'm your mommy, up and down she goes. She's a little picaninny from way down in ole virginny. Oh my goodness how she grows.

Jul 04, 2014
boogey man NEW
by: kathy

go to sleep my little picaninie
the boogey man will get you if you dont
hush a by dont you cry
mommas little baby
mommas little uccleborough coo..oo.o

May 27, 2014
Little Alabama coon NEW
by: Anonymous

This has been sung to every baby in my family for at least 3 generations. Our version is....

Oh, I'm a little Alabama coon,
And I ain't been born very long,
I ain't seen one big round moon,
I've never heard one sweet sweet song.
Well they took me down to the cotton patch
Where I rolled and I tumbled in the sun.
While mammy picked cotton and watched me play
They sang the song she sung....
Go to sleep my little picaninny,
Brother fox'll getcha if you don't,
Snuggle on the bosom of an ol momma Janey,
Daddy gonna swatcha if you don't.
Hush a by, rock a by
Mommas little babe,
Daddys little Alabama coon.

May 15, 2014
go to sleep my little picaninny NEW
by: Anonymous

My mother used to sing it like this

Go to sleep my little picaninny the sandman will get you if you don't
Go to sleep my little picaninny the sandman will get you if you don't
Hush a bye hush a bye, mommas little baby,
we'll sing a little picaninny boo.

May 05, 2014
Song NEW
by: Anonymous

My Mother sang
Aloo, Aloo,Aloo aloo aloo Brer Fox'll get you if you don't ssh ssh. Hush a bye rock a bye Mammas little baby, Mammas little Alabama goo.

I'm 56 and Canadian I have no idea where she learned that. My Grandmother was from Leigh Lancashire and she sang it as well.

Apr 17, 2014
Many fond memories NEW
by: Veronica

My mother sang this to me, I sang it to my kids and now I am blessed to be able to sing it to my grandaughter.
I'm a little Alabama coon
I ain't been born very long
I saw the great big round moon, when they tucked me under in the cotton field, and I rolled and I tumbled in the sand,
While my nanna picked the cotton all day long this is the song she sang.
Go to sleep my little picaninny, brother fox will get you if you don't
(SWISH, SWASH-soft taps on bottom)
Ramble on the bosom of your ole nanna dear, brother fox will get you if you don't.
Aloo, Aloo, Aloo, Aloo, Alooo
underneath the silver sky above , hushabye, hushabye nanna's little baby, nanna's little North Carolina (use any state name) Boo.

Love the fond memories - no hesitations, it's an endearing connection to my heritage,

Apr 17, 2014
Many fond memories NEW
by: Veronica

My mother sang this to me, I sang it to my kids and now I am blessed to be able to sing it to my grandaughter.
I'm a little Alabama coon
I ain't been born very long
I saw the great big round moon, when they tucked me under in the cotton field, and I rolled and I tumbled in the sand,
While my nanna picked the cotton all day long this is the song she sang.
Go to sleep my little picaninny, brother fox will get you if you don't
(SWISH, SWASH-soft taps on bottom)
Ramble on the bosom of your ole nanna dear, brother fox will get you if you don't.
Aloo, Aloo, Aloo, Aloo, Alooo
underneath the silver sky above , hushabye, hushabye nanna's little baby, nanna's little North Carolina (use any state name) Boo.

Love the fond memories - no hesitations, it's an endearing connection to my heritage,

Apr 13, 2014
Picaninny coon? NEW
by: Susie

This is how my great grandma sang this to me with a comforting little swat:

Go to sleep, my little picaninny
Mammy's gonna swat you if you don't, Swat Swat,
(with soft affectionate swats)
Hush a bye, rock a bye, Little picaninny,
Mammy's little pickaninny

Aloo, Aloo, aloo aloo aloo
Underneath the silver shiny moon
Husha bye rock a bye
Mammy's little Picaninny
Mammy's little Alla Baya coon.
(or was it Alabama Coon)

Apr 13, 2014
Picaninny coon? NEW
by: Susie

This is how my great grandma sang this to me with a comforting little swat:

Go to sleep, my little picaninny
Mammy's gonna swat you if you don't, Swat Swat,
(with soft affectionate swats)
Hush a bye, rock a bye, Little picaninny,
Mammy's little pickaninny

Aloo, Aloo, aloo aloo aloo
Underneath the silver shiny moon
Husha bye rock a bye
Mammy's little Picaninny
Mammy's little Alla Baya coon.
(or was it Alabama Coon)

Apr 13, 2014
Picaninny coon? NEW
by: Susie

This is how my great grandma sang this to me with a comforting little swat:

Go to sleep, my little picaninny
Mammy's gonna swat you if you don't, Swat Swat,
(with soft affectionate swats)
Hush a bye, rock a bye, Little picaninny,
Mammy's little pickaninny

Aloo, Aloo, aloo aloo aloo
Underneath the silver shiny moon
Husha bye rock a bye
Mammy's little Picaninny
Mammy's little Alla Baya coon.
(or was it Alabama Coon)

Apr 12, 2014
Remembering lyrics from childhood NEW
by: Anonymous

My grandmother used to sing:
"When my mummy and my daddy took me down to the cotton fields
Well we rolled around and played around, while my mummy watched us grow
And this is the song she'd sing
Go to sleep my little picaninny
Brother fox will catch you if you don't
Hushaby, lullaby mammas little baby
Mammas little lulla bulla boo"

Loved it, finding the original lyrics is a bit of a shock, but those were the times. Very fond memories of this song!

Apr 11, 2014
My remembered lyrics NEW
by: Anonymous

Go to sleep, my little picaninny,
Mama's (insert name/title of relative) gonna smack you if you don't,
Hushabye, hushabye, Mama's little baby
Mamas little alabalacoo....

Apr 11, 2014
My remembered lyrics NEW
by: Anonymous

Go to sleep, my little picaninny,
Mama's (insert name/title of relative) gonna smack you if you don't,
Hushabye, hushabye, Mama's little baby
Mamas little alabalacoo....

Apr 10, 2014
Aussie version NEW
by: Aussie Tina

Go to sleep my little picaninny,
Go to sleepy byes,
Go to sleep my little picaninny,
Slowly close your eyes.


Simple film is Aussies.

Apr 03, 2014
MY GRANDMAS VERSION! NEW
by: Anonymous

My Grandma used to sing to me

Go to sleep my little picaninny
Fox is gonna get you if you won't
Slumber on de bosom of your ol mother Ginny
Mama's little half a bag of coal

It's amazing how words get changed!

Mar 31, 2014
Fairy Fox NEW
by: Anonymous

The version I was brought up with was:
Go to sleep my little picaninny,
The fairy fox will get you if you don't . . .

Mar 31, 2014
Origin NEW
by: Anonymous

Looks like it was written for the stage show, Aladdin, Jr., circa 1893. Staged by David Henderson's American Extravaganza in Chicago.

Lyrics are at: http://www.bartleby.com/248/1469.html

Here it is on YouTube sung by Rosa Ponselle, 1899L http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOWuerPPEcQ

I like my family's version better. Not so racist and no slapping.

Give me a holler if you find these links interesting!

limehouse


Mar 30, 2014
Sing to your baby NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I sang this to me daughter as my Mum sang it too me . I feel very strongly that these old traditions should not be forgotten. This is my version .
Go to sleep my baby , close your pretty eyes angels are above you peeking at you baby , from the sky's great big moon am shining stars begin to peek cause its time for llittle picaninnas to go to sleep . My mum said that picaninnes were little black babies which sounds bad now but could be true in the fifties please no bad feelings meant just enjoying the past

Mar 30, 2014
Go to sleep my little Picaninny NEW
by: Anonymous

My Grandad used to sing this to me when I was little, he used to sing "Go to sleep my little picaninny hungry fox will get you if you don't, hush a bye, don't you cry, mummy's little baby, mummy's little usha buba goo. And she took you down to the cotton fields and rolled you in the grass and she sang and she sang so merrily, merrily she sang this song. And so it begins, I've got good memories of this song x

Mar 27, 2014
English version NEW
by: David BainesAnonymous

I'm 80 and was born in London England. My mother and sister used to sing to me:
Go to sleep my baby
Close your pretty eyes
Angels up above you
Peeping at you dear one from the skies
The great big moon is shining
Stars begin to peep
It's time for little picaninny's to go to sleep
Picaninny's time to go to sleep.

Mar 14, 2014
Mama's little pickinannie! NEW
by: Sierra

My grandmother always sang to me before bed when I was little. This old lullaby being one of them. Her lyrics were slightly different from others but still great. I can remember the lyrics now.

Go to sleep mama's little pickinannie
Brother fox is gonna get'cha if you don't
Slumber on the bosom of your old grandma Jenny
Mama's gonna spank ya if ya don't

Lue, Lue is the brights of her moon
Hush-a-bye, rock-a-bye, mama'a little pickanannie, mama'a little pickinannie.

Feb 27, 2014
My Gran used to sing to me NEW
by: Anonymous

Go to sleep my little picaninny
Brother fox will catch you if you don't
Hush a bye lullabye mummas little baby
Mummas little Alabama coon

It became Gran, mine and my brothers joke song as we made her sing it way past 'lullabye age' before we would go to sleep laughing. Fun memories

Feb 26, 2014
My dad used to sing this to me when I was younger. I still remember this part NEW
by: Riley

Go to sleep, my little pickanninie
Boogeyman'll getcha if you don't.
Hush a bye, rock a bye, momma's little baby
Daddy's little alla baya coo.
Aloo, aloo, aloo aloo aloo.
Underneath the silver shiny moon
Bum bum bum
Hush a bye, rock a bye, momma's little baby
Daddy's little alla baya coo.

Feb 04, 2014
Great memories NEW
by: Sharon

Always wondered what an amber bamber coo was when I was little an my grandmother say this to me but it's her version of Alabama coon

Jan 29, 2014
My mums version NEW
by: Sheila Burns

I was born in 1948 and my mum sang
Go to sleep my little pica ninny
The brer fox will catch you if you don't.
Hush a bye, rock a bye
Mammies little lamb a bam a coo!

Jan 28, 2014
Go to Sleep my Little Picaninny NEW
by: Victoria H-Amos

Wonderful to know that others know this lullabye, I am 48 and my mum who was born in Manchester UK in 1928 used to sing this to me when i was very little. Looking back, when I was older it used to amuse me that a lullabye that are normally soft and calming had the word "smack" in it.I do wonder if the origins are from USA and that she learned it from her parents who emigrated to America in the depression of the early 1920s, but only stayed 2 years partly due to homesickness, before returning to Manchester:-
Go to sleep my little Picaninny,
Mummys going to smack you if you dont!
Hush a bye rock a bye mummys little baby,
Mummys little Alabama Coon

Jan 27, 2014
This is what my grandma sang to me NEW
by: Rosemary

Go to sleep my little picaninny
mama's gonna spank if you don't
slumber on the bosom
of your old mama Jenny
Mama's little walla balla coon


She was born in Scotland, and I would love to know how she came to know this song. She died in 1982 at 102 years of age!

Jan 25, 2014
My version of "Go to sleep…" NEW
by: limehouse

This song comes down to me from my Swedish grandmother through, my grandmother and mother. We often wondered how a Swedish lady learned a Southern black lullaby.

Oh, they took me down to the cotton field,
Where I rolled and I tumbled in the sun,
While my pappy picked the cotton,
My mammy watched me grow,
And this is the song she sung.

Aloo, Aloo, my little pickaninny,
Underneath the silvery southern moon,
Hush-a-bye, Rock-a-bye, Mammy’s little baby,
Mammy’s little Alabamy coon.

Aloo, Aloo, my little pickaninny,
Underneath the silvery southern sky,
Sleep on the bosom of your ol’ Mammy Jenny,
Brother fox will catch you if you cry.

Jan 22, 2014
Old lullabye NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 60 and my mum used to sing to me. Aloo aloo aloo, underneath the sunny skies are blue, hush a bye don't ya cry mummies little angel daddies little alla balla coo. I now sing it to my grandchildren .

Jan 12, 2014
Go to sleep my little picaninny NEW
by: Anonymous

24 years of age, and my mother sang this to me:

Go to sleep my little picaninny
Underneath the silver shining moon
Got to sleep my little picaninny
underneath the silver shining moon
Hush a-bye hush a-bye mamas little baby
mamas little alla balla coo
Lay your sleepy dreamy head upon your mothers chest
Alla balla alla balla coo

Nov 25, 2013
Alla bala coo (lullaby)
by: Anonymous

My nan sang these words "he's a little alla Bala coo, and he ain't been born very long, I remember seeing a big round moon, I remember hearing one sweet song, now they took me down to the cotton fields, they rolled me and they tumbled in the sun, while my daddy picks the cotton mammy watched it grow this was the song they sang, go to sleep my little picaninny the bogey man will get you if you don't, hush a bye don't you cry mammys little baby daddy's little alla bala coo.

Nov 23, 2013
Lullaby's
by: Kathleen

I am 84 years old and remember my mother sang these two lullaby's to me.
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Oh, ma babby, ma curly-headed babby,
Your daddy's in the cotton fields,
A-workin' 'neath the stars and the moon.

Oh, ma babby, ma curly-headed babby,
Your mammy's gonna sing a lullaby to you,

Oh, lulla, lulla, lulla, lulla, bye, bye,
Does ya want the stars to play with,
Or the moon to run away with,
They'll come if you don't cry.

Oh, lulla, lulla, lulla, lulla, bye, bye,
In your mammy's arms you're creepin',
And soon you'll be a-sleepin' lulla,
Lulla, lulla lulla, lulla, bye.


(2nd lullaby)

Go to sleep, ma little picaninny,
Mammy's gonna spank you if you don't,
Hush-a-bye, hush-a bye, baby,
Mammy's little coochy, coochy, coo.

Nov 14, 2013
Im 50 abd my mums version is!
by: Anonymous

Go to sleep, my little picaninny Bogeyman will get you if you don't
Hush a bye, rock a bye Mummy's little baby
Mummy's little Alabama coon

Nov 05, 2013
mummy bear
by: Anonymous

At 72 years of age I remember my mother singing this to me:

Go to sleep, my little picaninny
Mummy bear will get you if you don't
Hush a bye, shush a bye Mummy's little baby
Mummy's little Alabama coon

Oct 30, 2013
M y Nanas version
by: Anonymous

Go to sleep my little pickaninny
daddy fox will catch you if you dont,
hushaby rockaby nanas little baby
nanas little alabama coon

well she took him down to the cotton fields
where he rose and he tumbled in the sun
as the nannie sat and watched the cotton grew
and this was the song she sang,

Go to sleep my little pickaninny
daddy fox will catch you if you dont,
hushaby rockaby nanas little baby
nanas little alabama coon






Oct 29, 2013
What I remember
by: Anonymous

My gran used to sing this to me. What I remember is:
Go to sleep my little picanniny, Bala fox will catch you if you don't. Hush-a-by don't you cry. You're grannies little baby, you're grannies a-la Bala coo.

Aloo aloo aloo aloo a lulla. Underneath the silvery shining moon. Hushaby don't you cry. You're grannies little baby. You're grannies little ala Bala coo.

Oct 29, 2013
picaninny lullaby
by: Anonymous

My grandmother (raised my her mammy in the Florida glades) used to sing this to me as well.

These are the words I remember.

Go to sleep my little pickaninny
Brer fox will catch ya if ya dont
husha bye rocka bye mammys little ninny
mammys little Alabamy coon.

Oct 21, 2013
Lyrics
by: Anonymous

My grandma sang it and I remember it clearly

Go to sleep my little
Pickaninny
Brayer fox will catch you if you don't.
Slumber on the bosum of my old mama Ginny
Mamas gonna lick you if you don't

Boola Boola Boola Boola Boola
Underneath the silver cresent moon
Rockaby
Hush a bye
Mommas little baby
Mommas little Alabama coon

Oct 17, 2013
Piccaniny song
by: Jo

My nana used to sing this to me. These are the words I remember and now sing to my granddaughter. Go to sleep, my little piccaninny,Flying fox will catch you if you don't. Slumber on the bosom of your old mama ginny. Mama's little lulla bulla croon.

Sep 14, 2013
picaninny lullaby
by: Anonymous

I am 47 years old. My mother sang this lullaby to myself and my younger brother....the words I recall from.my mothers version are as follows;

' Go to sleep my little pickaninny, mamas little boca boca booooo......close your eyes shut them tight mamas little baby...mamas little baca baca booooooo....'

Jul 31, 2013
go to sleep my little picaninny
by: doris

I am 78 year old. My father use to sing this song for my sisters and me. The words I know are go to sleep my little picaninny bear a fox will catch you if you don't watch. Hush a bye hush a bye daddy little baby. tola tola slumber on the bossum of your old mammy's ninny. That all I know.

Jul 31, 2013
go to sleep my little picaninny
by: Doris

I am 78 years old and my father sang this song to my sisters and me. The words I know are go to sleep my little picaninny bear a fox will catch you if you don't watch out. tolaloya. Slumber on the bossum of your old mothers ninny. Can't remember the rest.

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