Hush, little baby, don't say a word; Poppa's gonna buy you a mocking bird. If that mocking bird can't sing, Poppa's gonna buy you a diamond ring. If that diamond ring turns to brass Poppa's gonna buy you a looking glass. If that looking glass gets broke, Poppa's gonna buy you a billy goat. If that billy goat don't pull, Poppa's gonna buy you a cart and bull. If that cart and bull turn over, Poppa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover. If that dog named Rover won't bark, Poppa's gonna buy you a horse and cart. If that horse and cart fall down, You'll be the sweetest little one in town.
- from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , Appalachian folk song [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Robert James Berkeley Fleming (1921 - 1976), "The mocking bird", copyright © 1975 [voice and piano], Leeds Music, Willowdale, Ontario ; arrangement [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2011-05-21
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