“Say, Darling, Say”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (recording, Ernest V. Stoneman)
Keywords: work drink dancetune nonballad
Found in: US(SE)


Song starts out with two verses of "Hush, Little Baby," but veers off: "All I've got is you in mind/Wouldn't do nothing but starch and iron"; "Starch and iron will be your trade/And I can get drunk and lay in the shade" Chorus: "Say, darling, say"


Roud, unsurprisingly, lumps this with "Hush Little Baby," since it has common lyrics and the tunes are close (though this is usually done much faster than "Hush Little Baby"). But the different ending, and the chorus, is enough to separate them in my book and in Paul Stamler's. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Roud #470
  2. BI, RcSyDaSa