Hush Little Baby
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Vocalist is Amy Robbins-Wilson

Hush Little Baby Lyrics

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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 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 fall down,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town

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The origin of this song is unknown. It is speculated that it was written in America because mockingbirds are native to that continent. Many exhausted parents can probably relate to the urge to pay bribes to get a little peace around the house.

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