Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree tops,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.
Baby is drowsing, cozy and fair,
Mother sits near, in her rocking chair.
Forward and back, the cradle she swings,
Though baby sleeps, he hears what she sings.
Rock-a-bye baby, do not you fear.
Never mind, baby, mother is near.
Wee little fingers, eyes are shut tight,
Now sound asleep - until morning light.
Origin of Rock-a-bye baby
Rock-a-bye baby was first published in the famous Mother Goose’s Melody in London circa 1765. Mother’s Goose was a collection of English nursery rhymes and lullabies printed multiple times in the 18th century, thought to have been collected by John Newbery who was known as “The Father of Children’s Literature”
There is a theory that the original version of the lullaby was actually the first English poem written on American soil, by an English colonist who noted the way native American women rocked their babies in cradles suspended from the branches of trees.