My first child just turned one year old. I spent a lot of time putting her to sleep this past year, which meant lots of singing and rocking and bouncing around. Her musical tastes went through a few different phases (nothing calmed her down and put to sleep like the Ramones for a while). She also learned to love the classics like “Hush Little Baby”. But after singing it for the umpteenth time (in the dark, with the fan on, bouncing her in my arms), I got a little creative with the lyrics.
I’m writing these down mostly for own record, but I hope this will inspire somebody else to customize the song as well.
Hush little baby, don't say a word Abbu's gonna buy you a mocking bird If that mocking bird don't sing Abbu's gonna buy you a diamond ring If that diamond ring turns brass Abbu's gonna buy you a looking glass If that looking glass gets broke Abbu's gonna buy you a billy goat If that billy goat won't pull Abbu's gonna buy you a cart and bull If that cart and bull turn over Abbu's gonna buy you a dog named rover If that dog named rover won't bark Abbu's gonna take you to the amusement park If that park doesn't have funnel cake Abbu'll take you home and we'll learn how to bake If while we bake we set off the smoke alarm Abbu's gonna take you to see a farm If that farm has a really stinky sow Abbu's gonna take you to see their cow If that cow just won't go moo Abbu's gonna take you to the Lincoln Park Zoo If that zoo doesn't have a lion Abbu's gonna take you camping in Zion If in Zion there is a flash flood Abbu's gonna let you stomp in the mud If stomping in the mud isnt' fun Abbu's gonna take you out to play in the sun If that sun's covered up by cloud Its OK if you scream out loud If you scream in a museum of art, Abbu's gonna buy you a horse and cart If that horse and cart fall down, You'll still be the cutest little baby in town
I’m sure its obvious which verses are the original and which ones I’ve added in :). I’d love to hear your own variations in the comments below!