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Mama's Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird

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Mama's Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird
Lullaby

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns to brass,
Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy-goat.

If that billy-goat won't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turns over,
Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover won't bark,
Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart falls down,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Notes

Paolo Ripamonti sent another version:

I know a slightly different version of the "Hush little baby" rhyme, that goes like this:

"Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns to brass,
Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy-goat.

If that billy-goat runs away,
Mama's gonna buy you another day."

Which maybe is a little less child oriented, but anyhow is still fascinating for us adults :-D

Cheers.

Paolo Ripamonti

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Paolo Ripamonti for sending the alternate version of "Hush Little Baby".

Many thanks to Marisa Roche for singing "Mama's Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird for us!

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