HUSH LITTLE BABY

Latest update on 07/11/2005

Artist: Edith McDonald
Author: traditional
Label: Edison
Year: 1917

American lullaby. Cecil Sharp collected two voice only variations in North Carolina (1916) and Virginia (1918). "Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird"; mockingbirds were once held as pets indeed. President Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) had one.

Covers:

1929:

Uncle Dave Macon

1937:

Annie Brewer

1939:

Bernice Haynes [John & Ruby Lomax recording]

1941:

Texas Gladden

1951:

Weavers

1952:

Jean Ritchie

1957:

Wayfarers

1960:

Odetta

1960:

Kaye Ballard

1962:

Pete Seeger

1963:

Joan Baez

1963:

Nina Simone

1965:

Elvis Presley [in film Girl Happy as Puppet On A String]

1969:

Peter, Paul & Mary [as Mockingbird]

1988:

Horseflies

1990:

Judy Collins

1991:

Bobby McFerrin

2004:

Don McLean

Lyrically related with comic blackface song Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry (credited to F. Balasco - 1884), Hambone (1952), Bo Diddley ('55) and Mockingbird ('63). Not to be confused with Go To Sleep Little Baby (see there).

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