“Hush-a-Bye, Baby”


The singer is forty-five with a young wife who "loves to go out on a spree" leaving him to watch the baby. One night he goes out for a stroll while the baby is sleeping and "my dear wife I spied hugging a soldier sixteen"

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Hush-a-Bye, Baby
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From MacEdward Leach, Folk Ballads & Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast,
#115, p. 285. "Sung by Peter Letto, Lance au Clair, July 1960."

I'm sweet forty-five and my dear little wife
She's twenty years younger than me;
She's fond of enjoyment and all sorts of fun;
She loves to go out on a spree.

   Lawty, tauty, hush a my baby,
   Hail, my baby grows so high,
   Lawty, tauty, hush a my baby,
   Mother will come to baby by 'n by.

One night as my baby lay silent in sleep,
I took a short stroll around the street,
And to my surprise my dear wife I spied
Hugging a soldier sixteen.

Cross references


  1. Leach-Labrador 115, "Hush-a-Bye, Baby" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST LLab115 (Full)
  3. Roud #9971
  4. BI, LLab115


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Leach-Labrador)
Found in: Canada(Newf)