“Hush Little Baby” is a traditional lullaby that originated in the United States, but its date of origin and author are unknown. The lyrics of this folk lullaby promise baby all sorts of things if he or she will just “hush.” Many popular recording artists like James Taylor, Joan Baez, and Nina Simone have offered their own versions of this classic song. A mockingbird, diamond ring, and looking glass may not be appealing rewards to every small child, but the song’s sweet melody has a way of soothing their cries nonetheless.
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