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Lyr Req: Mockingbird

11 Nov 96 - 12:03 PM (#353)
Subject: Lyric request: Mockingbird
From: Peter

I have a special request:

A close friend of mine just had a baby and wants to sing the song mockingbird to him. I am not sure of all the words to it. If anyone can help me out I'd appreciate it:

"Everybody have you heard, Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird And if that mockingbird don't sing Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring..."

-Peter psak@accumem.com


11 Nov 96 - 04:42 PM (#354)
Subject: RE: Lyric request: Mockingbird
From: Albert.hansell@bentley.com

It's on DT called HUSH, L'IL BABY.

You'll also find a version in Rise Up Singing.

Bert.


12 Nov 96 - 03:32 AM (#362)
Subject: RE: Lyric request: Mockingbird
From: ggolgar@cello.gina.calstate.edu

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

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

If that diamond ring turns brass Momma's gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass get's broke Momma's gonna buy you a cart and goat.

If that cart and goat turn over, Momma's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover don't sound You're still the sweetest little baby in town.


13 Nov 96 - 10:46 PM (#376)
Subject: RE: Lyric request: Mockingbird
From: Bill Day

If that looking glass get's broke Momma's gonna buy you a Billy goat

If that Billy goat wont pull, Momma's gonna buy you a cart and bull

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

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

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

(needed another line and a couple others rearranged...I think this is close to the orig., although, we always sang "papa"


14 Nov 96 - 06:08 PM (#385)
Subject: RE: Lyric request: Mockingbird
From: dick greenhaus

Bill- Way I heard it was ... "If that horse and cart fall down, You'll be the sweetest little baby in town."

reflecting a "when cockle shells turn silver bells" or a "when hell freezes over" philosophy.


22 Nov 07 - 05:31 PM (#2200236)
Subject: RE: Lyric request: Mockingbird
From: GUEST,me

And if the diamond ring wont shin,
mommas gonna buy you a bottle of wine

and if the bottle of wine will crack,
mommas gonna buy you a cadillac,

and if the cadillac wont go,
mommas gonna take you to the broadway show

????????????????


16 Apr 08 - 03:30 PM (#2317563)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: GUEST,jenny

Hush little baby don't say a word mummy's gonna buy you a mocking bird
and if that mocking bird don't sing mummy's going to buy a diamond ring
If that diamond ring is brass mummy's going to buy you a looking glass
and if that looking glass gets broke mummy's going to buy you a billy goat.
If that billy goat falls down you needn't worry
'cause you're still the sweetest little Girl/boy in town.

I have been singing this version to my kids/grandchildren for some 30 years now and I got it out of a nursery rhyme book.


28 Aug 09 - 01:03 AM (#2710397)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: GUEST

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

And if that mockingbird don't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring don't shine,
Papa's gonna buy you a fishing line.

And if that fishing line don't float,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat don't pull,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull won't go,
Papa's gonna buy you a cow named Flo.

And if that cow don't have a bell,
Papa's gonna to buy you a carousel.

And if that carousel won't go 'round,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town


02 Sep 09 - 07:26 PM (#2715025)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: GUEST

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

And if that mockingbird won't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring won't shine,
Mama's gonna buy you a big valentine.

And if that valentine doesn't rhyme,
it's bound to be near your bedtime.

So go to sleep little baby because when you wake up
everything will be just fine.


13 Oct 09 - 10:37 AM (#2744948)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: GUEST

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

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

And if that diamond ring don't shine,
Mama's gonna give you a silver dime.

And if that silver dime don't pay,
Mama's gonna buy you a stack of hay.

And if that stack of hay don't burn,
Mama's gonna buy you a butter turn.

And if that butter turn don't crank,
Mama's gonna buy you an Army Tank.

And if that Army tank don't roll,
Mama's gonna buy you a can of Skoal.

And if that can of Skoal don't dip,
Mama's gonna buy you a potato chip.

And if that potato chip is flat,
Mama's gonna get her money back!


13 Oct 09 - 04:01 PM (#2745213)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

butter churn


23 Oct 12 - 01:08 AM (#3424575)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: GUEST

Hush little baby don't say a word.
Mom mad gonna buy you a mocking bird.
And if that mocking bird don't sing,
Mommas gonna but you a diamond ring.
And that diamond ring don't shine,
Mommas gonna buy you a bottle of wine.
And if that bottle of wine turns black,
Mommas gonna buy you a Cadillac.
And if that Cadillac don't run,
Mommas gonna buy you a BB gun.
And if that BB gun don't shoot, ???? Don't know
The rest.   Srry but don't know bout all this
Brass shit. :)


23 Oct 12 - 04:13 AM (#3424606)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: GUEST,000

There are several versions of the song, but the most common lyrics are:

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat,
And if that billy goat doesn't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull.
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named Rover won't bark,
Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fall down,
Well you'll still be the sweetest baby in town.

from Wikipedia


02 Sep 21 - 02:08 PM (#4118614)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: GUEST

Hush little baby donít say a word mamas gonna buy you a mockingbird,

if that mockingbird donít sing mamas gonna buy you a diamond ring,

and if that diamond ring donít shine mamas gonna buy you a fishing line,

and if that fishing line gets broke, mamas gonna buy you a billy goat,

and if that billy goat wonít pull, mamas gonna buy you a cart and bull,

and if that cart and bull donít go, mamas gonna buy you a garden hoe,

and if that garden hoe donít dig, mamas gonna buy you a guinea pig,

and if that guinea pig runs away, mama still loves you anyways!!


02 Sep 21 - 07:35 PM (#4118645)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: Steve Shaw

Ye gods, for me this just has to be Carly Simon and James Taylor duetting. Utterly and totally groovy!


03 Sep 21 - 12:09 PM (#4118721)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: leeneia

My version starts in the usual way, except change Mama below into Papa.

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat,

THEN

If that billy goat gets boney,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and pony.
If that pony runs away,
Papa's gonna buy you another some day.
=========
I think I learned this in grade school in the 1950's. I like it because bringing Papa in gives the baby a whole family, and the promise that Papa can buy another pony gives the baby security.


04 Nov 21 - 03:52 PM (#4125172)
Subject: ADD Version: Hush Little Baby
From: GUEST,Dana

Hello there,
I grew up in the southern states of USA and Iíll share with you the way the song was sang to me as a child. However, oddly enough the lyrics are rather inappropriate for a baby, so I did not carry the tradition on down with my own children. But I have a good laugh to myself when I think of the words of this song the way I grew up hearing it. Here it goes:
    HUSH LITTLE BABY

    Hush little baby donít say a word
    Papaís gonna buy you a mockingbird
    And if that mockingbird donít sing
    Papaís gonna buy you a diamond ring
    And if that diamond ring donít shine
    Papaís gonna buy you a bottle of wine
    And if that bottle of wine gets broke
    Papaís gonna buy you a billy goat
    And if that billy goat runs away
    Papaís gonna buy you a Chevrolet
    And if that Chevrolet donít run
    Papaís gonna buy you a BB gun
    And if that BB gun donít shoot
    Papaís gonna buy you a swimming suit
    And if that swimming suit donít fit
    Papaís gonna say, ďDog gone it I quit!Ē

Lol! And that is the way I grew up hearing this song.


04 Nov 21 - 05:29 PM (#4125183)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: Joe_F

Oh. I thought you meant Listen to the Mockingbird.


05 Nov 21 - 12:43 AM (#4125209)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird
From: leeneia

I just listened carefully to this YouTube, the Four Lads singing "The Mockingbird" of 1952. When I heard this as a kid, I mostly noticed the noisy ending. Now I notice the beautiful harmony and the togetherness of the first half. Notice of the power in that bass voice.

Give it a listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjDA8_g0AbU


05 Nov 21 - 11:37 PM (#4125314)
Subject: ADD Parody: Hush Little Baby
From: Joe Offer

And from Elizabeth Block, Queen of Parodies:



another version, provenance unknown

HUSH LITTLE BABY

Hush little baby, don't say a word
Papa's gonna buy you a Thunderbird

And if you send that T-Bird back
Papa's gonna buy you a Cadillac

And if that Caddy don't suit you
Papa's gonna buy you a Ferrari too

And if that Ferrari's not your car
Papa's gonna buy you a Jag-u-ar

And if that Jaguar's not your choice
Papa's gonna buy you a new Rolls Royce

And if you turn that Rolls Royce down
You can damn well walk around town