hush little baby don’t say a word
papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird
and maybe that little birdie won’t sing
and maybe there won’t be any diamond rings
maybe it’ll stare at you from the shelf
and maybe you’ll have nightmares with no one to help
but if you just hush now, and don’t say a word
maybe, just maybe, you won’t get hurt.
maybe, just maybe papa will care
maybe your mama will stroke your hair
maybe someone will buy you a ring
maybe you’ll have reasons to sing
but only, only, if you don’t say a word
then papa will buy you that mocking bird.
and that bird will cry in the middle of the night
and that bird wants to fly but your hands are too tight
there’s nowhere outside to build it a nest
nowhere inside for its small head to rest
but hush little darling, and don’t say a word
your papa will buy you a mocking bird.