It may sound silly, but the song “Hush Little Baby” has always made me a little uncomfortable. The lyrics have always seemed so commercial (even as a kid I thought so). I hated singing this to my kids too. It is all I’m going to BUY you this and then I’ll BUY you this and then I’ll BUY you that. As in “Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Mama/Papa is going to buy you a mockingbird”.
But then a while back I was reading a book to Wesley and I found the answer to my problem. The book If You Were My Bunny by Kate McMullan takes a bunch of lullabies and gives them new animal appropriate lyrics. It is a very sweet book. In this book the Mama bunny doesn’t BUY her baby anything she BRINGs the baby a carrot top and clover quilt among other things. It may seem like a small, silly little thing, but it makes me feel a lot better.
I now sing the song to Wesley and Jillian like this:
Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna bring you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
Papa’s gonna bring you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turn brass,
Papa’s gonna bring you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna bring you a billy goat.
And if that billy goat don’t pull,
Papa’s gonna bring you a cart and bull.
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna bring you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named Rover won’t bark.
Papa’s gonna to bring you and horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fall down,
Well you’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.
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