Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama'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,
Mama's going to buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's going to buy you a billy-goat.
And if that billy-goat runs away,
Mama's going to buy you another one today.
And all of these things your parents will do,
Because you're the best little child in the world.
Information About Mockingbird
"Mockingbird" is usually sung as a lullaby and the song is sometimes referred to as "Hush Little Baby". The song is most likely to be American but its author and origin are unknown.
Charlie Foxx arranged and then recorded "Mockingbird" with his sister Inez in 1963; a rhythm and blues version using lyrics based on the traditional song.
This song has also been covered by Carly Simon and James Taylor amongst others; also Bo Diddley used the lyrics in one of his songs.
This is another song about Mockingbirds.
Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs
This version goes through other things being given to the baby
Hush little baby don't say a word
Momma's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don't sing
Momma's gonna buy you a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring turns brass
Momma's gonna buy you a looking glass
And if that looking glass gets broke.
Momma's gonna buy you a billy goat
And if that billy goat don't pull
Momma's gonna buy you a cart
And a bull and if that cart and bull turn over
Momma's gonna buy you a doggy named Rover
And if that doggy named Rover won't bark
Momma'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 the town!