Lullabies H-I

Hush-a-ba, birdie

Hushabye, my bear cubs

Hush a bye, my little crumb

Hushaby! Rockaby!

Hush, hush little baby

Hush little baby

Hush, little rooster

Hush now my darling

I have a little sailboat

I see the moon

If I were an elfin

I'm a bird. I sing my song

I’ve found my bonny babe a nest

Last updated: 8/2/2019 11:14 AM

The songs below are compiled, illustrated and sometimes adapted by Dany Rosevear

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Hush-a-ba, birdie 🔊

 

 


A Scottish lullaby; I found it in ‘The ditty bag’ compiled by Janet E. Tobitt, published 1946. ‘Braw’ is fine, ‘kye’ a herd of cows, ‘bairnie’ baby, ‘maun’ must.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon, croon,

Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon;

The sheep are gone to the silver wood,

And the cows are gone to the broom, broom,

And the cows are gone to the broom, broom.

 

Braw it is milking the kye, kye, kye,

Braw it is milking the kye;

The birds are singing, the bells are ringing,

And the wild deer come galloping by, by, by,

And the wild deer come galloping by.

 

Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon, croon,

Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon;

The goats are gone to the mountain high,

And they'll not be home till noon, noon, noon,

And they'll not be home till noon.

 

Braw it is herding the kye, kye, kye,

Braw it is herding the kye;

The lambs are skipping, the sun is dipping,

And bairnie maun hush-a-ba, by, by, by,

And bairnie maun hush-a-ba, by.


 

 

Hushabye, my bear cubs 🔊

 

 


A Latvian cradle song. I have translated the words to correspond with the music and to include the lovely ‘zzu zzu ‘sounds.

Find it sung in Latvian at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=136&v=CkiPIeGMkCc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hushabye, hushabye, my bear cubs sleep, sleep.

With your little brown bear feet, hush, hush, hush,

With your little brown bear feet, zzu, zzu, zzu.

 

Father went to gather honey, hush, hush, hushabye,

Mother went to gather berries, hush, hush, hush,

Mother went to gather berries, zzu, zzu, zzu.

 

Father’s brought a pot of honey, hush, hush, hushabye,

Mother’s filled a berry basket, hush, hush, hush,

Mother’s filled a berry basket, zzu, zzu, zzu.

 

It's all for my baby, hush, hush, hushabye,

For a calm and peaceful sleep, hush,hush, hush,

For a calm and peaceful sleep, zzu, zzu, zzu.

 

Aijā, žūžū, lāča bērni, aijā, žūūžū,

Pekainām'i kājiņām'i, žū, žū, žū,

Pekainām'i kājiņām'i, žū žū žū.

 

Tēvs aizgāja medu vākt'i, aijā žūūžū,

Māte ogas palasīt'i, žū, žū, žū,

Māte ogas palasīt'i, žū, žū, žū.

 

Tēvs pārnesa medus podu, aijā, žūūžū,

Māte ogu vācelīti, žū, žū, žū,

Māte ogu vācelīti, žū, žū, žū.

 

Tas mazam'i bērniņam'i, aijā, žūūžū,

Par mierīgu gulēšanu, žū, žū, žū,

Par mierīgu gulēšanu, žū, žū, žū.


 

 

Hush a bye, my little crumb 🔊

 

 


A Cornish lullaby. It can be found on the Jackie Oates album of lullabies where she sings it so beautifully! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K337urH_v4. It was first recorded by Cyril Tawney on his album ‘Songs of Devon and Cornwall’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hush a bye, my little crumb,

The sheep are far from home,

The cows are to the far, far field

And won’t be home ‘til noon.


 

 

 

Hushaby! Rockaby! 🔊

 

 


From ‘Rhymes for little hands’ by Maud Burnham published in 1906.

Music and actions by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Rock arms gently for each  Hushaby! Rockaby! 2. Put fingers to lips. 3. Hands creep. 4. Hold arms close to body. 5. Put both hands to side of cheek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hushaby! Rockaby!

Babies are sleeping.

Hushaby! Rockaby!

Sandman is creeping.

Hushaby! Rockaby!

Tucked in bed tight.

Hushaby! Rockaby!

Good night! Good night!

 


 

 

 

Hush, hush little baby / Evening 🔊

 

 


These lovely words come from ‘A book of 1,000 poems’ and are not accredited to anyone. Dany Rosevear adapted a traditional tune to write the music to accompany the poem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hush, hush, little baby,

The sun's in the west;

The lamb in the meadow

Has lain down to rest.

 

The bough rocks the bird now,

The flower rocks the bee,

The wave rocks the lily,

The wind rocks the tree;

 

And I rock the baby,

So softly to sleep…

It must not awaken

Till daisy-buds peep.


 

 

 

Hush, little rooster 🔊

 

 


A lovely song to sing before settling down to a bedtime or any other storytime book.

The words were probably originally were sung as a young child’s prayer ending with ‘We are talking to God right now’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hush, little rooster with your cock-a-doodle-doo,

Hush, little kitten with your mew, mew, mew,

Hush, little puppy with your bow, wow, wow,

Please don’t moo, moo, Mrs. Cow.

Hush! Hush! Hush!

Time to listen to a story now.

 

Hush, little pig with your oink, oink, oink,

Hush, little lamb with your baa, baa, baa,

Hush, mother chicken with your cluck, cluck, cluck,

Please don't quack, quack, Mrs. Duck.

Hush! Hush! Hush!

Time to go to sleep right now.

 


 

 

 

Hush little baby O

 

A lullaby from the U.S.A - mockingbirds live in this part of the New World. Find out more at: http://10000birds.com/mockingbirds.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hush little baby don’t say a word,

Ma-ma’s goin’ to buy you a mocking bird.

 

And if that mocking bird won’t sing,

Ma-ma’s goin’ to buy you a diamond ring.

 

And if that diamond ring turns brass,

Ma-ma’s goin’ to buy you a looking glass.

 

And if that looking glass gets broke,

Ma-ma’s goin’ to buy you a billy goat.

 

And if that billy goat won’t pull,

Ma-ma’s goin’ to buy you a cart and bull.

 

And if that cart and bull turn over,

Ma-ma’s goin’ to buy you a dog named Rover.

 

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,

Ma-ma’s goin’ to buy you a horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,

You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

 

 

 


 

 

Hush now my darling 🔊

 

 


A lullaby sung by the Ojibwe people of Wisconsin. The words are by Norma Tovey and can be found in ‘Merrily Merrily’ published by the Australian Breastfeeding Association in 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hush now my darling,

Hush little child,

Bears are a-roaming

Out there in the wild,

But you are safe here,

Mother is very near.


 

 

 

I have a little sailboat 🔊

 

 


The origins of this song are somewhat obscure though several people remember hearing this lullaby when they were children: http://amiralace.blogspot.co.uk/2007/01/i-have-little-sailboat.html

Adapted and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I have a little sailboat and I'm going to sea;

I'll follow all the seagulls 'till there's no one there but me.

I'll sail into the sun 'till I run out of blue,

Then I'll turn my sailboat and I'll come home to you.

Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby, lullaby.

 

I'm going to be a sailor, the whole world I'll explore;

Somewhere there is an island that was never found before.

And when I reach my island so shiny and new,

I'll breathe upon my sailboat and I'll sail home to you.

Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby, lullaby.

 


 


 

I see the moon O

 

 


A lullaby by Meredith Willson that we once sung as children. It was released in 1953. There is also a nursery rhyme that has the same title that appears in English as early as 1784 in a work entitled Gammer Gurton's Garland, ‘I see the moon, and the moon sees me, God bless the moon, and God bless me!’ Find out more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_See_the_Moon .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I see the moon and the moon sees me,

Down through the leaves of the old oak tree,

Please let the light that shines on me,

Shine on the one I love.

 

Over the mountain, over the sea,

Back where my heart is longing to be,

Please let the light that shines on me,

Shine on the one I love.

 

I hear the lark, the lark hears me,

Singing from the leaves of the old oak tree,

Oh, let the lark that sings to me,

Sing to the one I love,

 


 

 

If I were an elfin 🔊

 

 


This sweet little song and summer lullaby comes from ‘140 folk songs’ from the Concorde Series 1921. The words are by Homer H. Harbour to a Bohemian Folk-song.

Music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If I were a tiny elfin,

Just as high as a fly,

I should creep into a flower

There to lie.

 

There I’d watch from out my window

Bumblebees in the breeze,

Buzzing by among the grasses

Tall as trees.

 

Safe from giant toad and sparrow

I should keep, hidden deep,

Till the summer winds would rock me

Fast asleep.


 

 

 

I'm a bird. I sing my song 🔊

 

 


This gentle song can be a hand play, action rhyme or lullaby.

I have been unable to find the source of this little rhyme or the original music.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Hand play: Put right hand on left and bob like a bird. Then open and close thumb and forefinger. Cross hands at wrists and flap. Put hands to cheek. Cup hands like a nest.

 

Action rhyme: Move gently around the room with arms outstretched, up and down and around. Slowly subside and curl into nest with hands to cheek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I'm a bird. I sing my song,

And fly, fly, fly, all day long.

And at night, I go to rest,

And sleep, sleep, sleep in my little nest.

 


 

 

I've found my bonny babe a nest  🔊

 

 


A poem by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846-1931) an Anglo-Irish poet.

Music arranged by Dany Rosevear 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I've found my bonny babe a nest,

On Slumber Tree,

I'll rock you there to rosy rest,

Asthore Machree!

Oh, lulla lo! sing all the leaves,

On Slumber Tree,

Till everything that hurts or grieves,

Afar must flee.

 

I've put my pretty child to float,

Away from me,

Within the new moon's silver boat,

On Slumber Sea.

And when your starry sail is o'er

From Slumber Sea,

My precious one, you'll step to shore,

On Mother's knee.

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