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Hush Little Baby - Chords, Lyrics and Origins

Origins

A traditional American lullaby, Hush Little Baby is a well-known children's song.  With only two simple chords, it is also a great tune for beginner guitarists to learn, especially if they have small children to sing it to.

Chords

Capo at 2nd Fret

C                            G7

Hush, little baby, don't say a word -

                                          C
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird,



C                                G7
And if that mockingbird won't sing,

                                          C
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring,

 


C                                  G7
And if that diamond ring turns brass,

                                         
C
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass,



C                               G7
And if that looking glass gets broke,

                                          C
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat,



C                         G7
And if that billy goat won't pull,

                                          C
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull,



C                                G7
And if that cart and bull turn over,

                                          C
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover,



C                                     G7
And if that dog named Rover won't bark,

                                          C
Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart,



C                                   G7
And if that horse and cart fall down,

                                                        C
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Lyrics

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

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

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass,

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat,

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

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover,

And if that dog named Rover won't bark,
Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart,

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

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