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Rock-a-bye Baby

Rock a bye baby on the treetop,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Baby is drowsing cozy and fair
Mother sits near in her rocking chair
Forward and back the cradle she swings
And though baby sleeps he hears what she sings

From the high rooftops down to the sea
No ones' as dear as baby to me
Wee little fingers, eyes wide and bright
Now sound asleep until morning light


Although there is no formal date in which this song was written, it was said to have been written in the 1500s. It was rumoured that this verse was written by an inexperienced pilgrim who sailed to America on the Mayflower. During this journey, the inexperienced rider was said to get observed the manner Native American women rocked their babies in birch bark cradles, which were suspended from the higher branches of a tree, allowing the wind to shake the infant to sleep. One origin reports that Effie Crockett, a relative of Davy Crockett, wrote the lyrics in 1872 while babysitting a fidgety kid. Rock-a-bye Baby is an American verse, whose tune is a variation of the English satiric ballad Lilliburlero. Originally titled "Hushabye Baby", this verse was said to be the best poem written on American Soil.

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