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GUEST,ddawson100 17 Aug 10 - 08:32 PM
beeliner 18 Aug 10 - 02:51 AM
open mike 18 Aug 10 - 10:05 AM
MissouriMud 18 Aug 10 - 04:19 PM
Tannywheeler 18 Aug 10 - 10:34 PM
GUEST,mrsrh1 04 Nov 10 - 08:05 PM
Charley Noble 04 Nov 10 - 08:28 PM
GUEST,jax 07 Feb 11 - 11:03 PM
GUEST 05 Feb 12 - 04:14 PM
Charley Noble 05 Feb 12 - 04:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: GUEST,ddawson100
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 08:32 PM

Just heard the Prairie Home Companion's show with Inga Swearingen. Corrected the lyrics from above.

Hush little baby, Don't you cry,
Mama gonna make you some rhubarb pie.
If that rhubarb pie's too sour,
Mama's gonna pick you a wild flower.
And if that wild flower wilts,
Mama's gonna buy you a pair of stilts.
And if that pair of stilts ain't steady,
Mama's gonna make you a bowl of spaghetti.
Scatting...

And if that spaghetti's not al dente,
Mama's gonna buy you a horn of plenty.
And if that horn doesn't have the wrong fruit,
Mama's gonna buy you a two piece suit.
And if that suit's not the right material,
Mama's gonna feed you a bowl of cereal.
And if that cereal's not low carb,
Mama's gonna feed you some more rhubarb.
So hush little baby don't you moan.
It's been 30 years on the Prairie Home.
Some scatting….


Such a sweet, sweet version. Also can be heard at Prairie Home Companion's May 15 2004 show archive


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: beeliner
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 02:51 AM

Amazing that in a six-year-old thread, nobody has mentioned the Charlie and Inez Foxx version, later covered by James Taylor and Carly Simon, though it is discussed in a different thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: open mike
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 10:05 AM

There was a very interesting version of this song on Prairie Home Companion last weekend - August 14-15 2010
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: MissouriMud
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 04:19 PM

Of course there is also the southern appalachian "adult" version with a different tune - Say Darlin Say - which starts off with many of the same verses but phrased differently ("Hush little darlin don't say a word, I'm gonna buy you a mocking bird" etc) - and then progresses into a couple of verses about getting married and lying drunk in the shade


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 10:34 PM

Can't remember not knowing this song--version associated with KYTRAD. Have heard a Taj Mahal/Etta James version. Same tune, but a shorter set of verses referring to--um--getting engaged. Quite a swingin' version.   Tw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: GUEST,mrsrh1
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 08:05 PM

hush little baby dont say a word
mamas gonna buy you a mockingbird
and if that mockingbird dont sing
mamas gonna buy you a diamond ring
and if that diamond ring dont shine
mamas gonna buy you a bottle of wine
and if that bottle of wine dont shake
mamas gonna buy you a chevrolet
and if that chevrolet dont run
mamas gonna buy you a shooting gun
and if that shooting gun dont shoot
mamas gonna buy you a brand new suit
and if that brand new suit dont fit
mamas gonna say "aww, shucks, i quit!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 08:28 PM

Excellent!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: GUEST,jax
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 11:03 PM

Dad always sang it like dis:

Hush, little baby, don't say a word.
Papa's gonna buy you a hummingbird.
If that hummingbird should fly,
Papa's gonna show you the evening sky.
As the nighttime shadows fall,
Papa's gonna show you the crickets' call.
As their song drifts from afar,
Papa's gonna show you a shooting star.
As that star fades from view,
Papa's gonna read a book to you.
When that story has been read,
Papa's gonna buy you a warm bedspread.
When that quilt begins to wear,
Papa's gonna buy you a teddy bear.
When that teddy bear's been hugged,
Papa's gonna hunt you a lightnin' bug.
And if that lightnin' bug won't glow,
Papa's gonna play on his old banjo.
And if that banjo's outta tune,
Papa's gonna show you the harvest moon.
As the moon drifts from the skyyyyyyyyyyyy.................
Papa's gonna sing you a lullaby.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 04:14 PM

Hush little baby don't you cry
Mommas gonna buy you a mocking bird and if that mocking bird don't sing
Mammas gonna buy you a diamond ring but if that diamond ring don't shine
Mammas gonna buy you a rocking chair, and if that rocking chair don't roc


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hush little baby, don't say a word
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 04:36 PM

jax-

Nice one!

Charley Noble


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