nursery rhyme lyrics & origins

Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

Hush a Bye Baby Rhyme

Nursery Rhyme & History


Is "Hush a bye baby" a Nursery Rhyme or lullaby?
The words and origin of the "Hush a bye baby" rhyme are said to have originated from America. It was the practice of some Native Americans to place a baby in the branches of a tree allowing the wind to gently rock the child to sleep "Hush a bye baby on the treetop". The meaning to the words of the song "Hush a bye baby" seem to match this explanation. The words to the "Hush a bye baby" song have the intention of making a child sleep it can therefore be correctly described as both a nursery rhyme and a lullaby! The words to the "Hush a bye baby" song were first published in 1765.

Pawcohiccora - hush a bye baby

Hush a Bye Baby poem

Hush a bye baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock;
When the bow breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Hush a Bye Baby poem


Note: A Rhymes lyrics and the perceived origins of some Nursery Rhymes vary according to location


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