Hush, Little Baby

Hush, Little Baby

“Hush Little Baby” is a popular traditional lullaby, thought to have been written in the Southern United States.  Love, attachment, and happiness are the major themes of the poem. The song appreciates the beauty of parental love who tries their best to make their children happy. The song has been performed and recorded by many artists, later been adapted into so many pop songs, films, and plays also.

The popularity of the song “Hush Little Baby” lies in the fact that it is widely used as a lullaby and is still taught in different nursery and pre-primary syllabuses across the globe. This song is written from the perspective of a mother who tries to console her crying child and

promises him to provide a lot of things if the baby stays quiet. She mentions the list of things that the baby’s father will buy while trying to put the baby to sleep. A mother knows her child’s likes and dislikes, and she assures the baby that if these things fail to make the baby happy.


“Hush Little Baby” Lyrics


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 turns brass,
Mama’s gonna buy you a looking glass.


And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama’s gonna buy you a billy goat,


And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Mama’s gonna buy you a cart and a bull.


And if that cart and bull turn over,
Mama’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.


And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s gonna buy you a horse and a cart.


And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.


So hush little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy loves you and so do I.