hush little baby

from by mark adamczyk



A list-of-things song. Also, nominally a lullaby. Children can enjoy hearing about things they know about, so if you don't happen to have a cart and bull close at hand at your home, put in some of your own words, like "electric toothbrush" or "Target gift card" or whatever. I guess singing this simple melody over and over is supposed to help your child get sleepy, while constantly remembering which item comes next in the lyrics (is it the dog named Rover or the looking-glass?) is supposed to help you stay awake.


Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Papa's going to buy you a mockingbird.
If that mockingbird won't sing,
Papa's going to buy you a diamond ring.
If that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa's going to buy you a looking-glass.
If that looking-glass gets broke,
Papa's going to buy you a billy-goat.
If that billy-goat won't pull,
Papa's going to buy you a cart and bull.
If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa's going to buy you a dog named Rover.
If that dog named Rover won't bark,
Papa's going to buy you a horse and cart.
If that horse and cart falls down,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.


from songs i like to sing with you, released March 23, 2014



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mark adamczyk Lake Bluff, Illinois

I've been singing songs and enjoying music with families, professionally, for more than a decade. I'm not so much a performer (I save that for my "grownup" music in the evenings) as I am a facilitator, encouraging and enabling people to sing and make music on their own. Listening to somebody else sing a song is fine, but singing on your own and with your family can be much more fulfilling and fun! ... more

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