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General Information
Episode

Cry Havoc

Location

The House of the Seven Gables

Date

October 1692

Participants

Mary Sibley and John

You look like you've never had a lullaby before.
— Mary to John

"Hush, Little Baby" is a traditional lullaby, thought to have been written in the United States (mockingbirds are from the New World), but the author and date of origin are unknown. The lyrics promise all kinds of rewards to the child if he or she is quiet. The simple structure allows more verses to be added ad lib.

Mary Sibley sang this lullaby to the little John in Cry Havoc.

Mary Sibley's Lyrics

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

Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird don't sing,

Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring

If that diamond ring turns brass,

Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,

mother's gonna buy you a black she-goat

and if that black she-goat won't milk

mother's gonna buy you a roll of silk"

Video

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Trivia

  • Mama is sometimes substituted by PapaDada, etc. according to the singer's relation to the child or personal preference. There are simple revisions to the lyrics, but all remain true to the promise of rewards for being quiet.
  • The song has been recorded by many artists and has been adapted into pop songs such as Maurice King's "Hambone," Inez and Charlie Foxx's "Mockingbird" and Bo Diddley's eponymous song Bo Diddley, as well as Eminem's Mockingbird.
  • The song has also been used in the play "The Miracle Worker," about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan.
  • There are several versions of the song, but the most common is not too different from the one used in the show.

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