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"Bye Baby Bunting" is a lullaby and a nursery rhyme.

Bye, Baby Bunting

Bye, Baby Bunting - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes, Intro Image

Bye, baby bunting,
Daddy's gone a-hunting,
To get a little rabbit skin*
To wrap the baby bunting in.
Nancy sent the 1st recording with the following note (from the U.S.): "Here's Bye Baby Bunting. When I was having my children in the 1980's some people criticized this lyric because it was pro-fur. It's traditional and I don't see any reason to change it or omit it. Nice tune too."
The 2nd recording was sung by Ruth G. from England. Notice the different tune.


*Or hare skin (which is the old way to say it).

Here's a slightly different version from Traditional Nursery Songs of England with Pictures by Eminent Modern Artists, edited by Felix Summerly (1843):

Bye baby bunting,
Father's gone a hunting,
To get a little rabbit-skin,
To lap his little baby in.

Here's the version from Tommy Thumb's Song Book (1815, Glascow):

Lullaby Baby Bunting,
Your father's gone a hunting,
To catch a rabbit for a skin,
To wrap the Baby Bunting in.

Photos & Illustrations

Bye, Baby Bunting - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes, Comment Image

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The illustration is from The Only True Mother Goose Melodies (published and copyrighted in Boston in 1833 by Munroe & Francis). The 2nd illustration comes from Tommy Thumb's Song Book (1815, Glascow - earliest edition 1744). Thanks to Monique Palomares for the midi and score.

Sung by Nancy Membrez. Nancy wrote the following about her tune, "My great-great grandparents on my mother's side immigrated from Northern Ireland in the 1830s (before the famine) to eastern Pennsylvania so maybe the tune is Irish."

Sung by Ruth Golding.

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