Can Anyone Help with a Song about an Acorn, most likely from Britain, with the line, “A little Brown Baby Round and Wee”?

Brenda wrote to me from Australia…

Dear Mama Lisa,

I am trying to find the words of a song our mother sang to us, and then to my children and I would like to sing to my grandsons about “A little Brown Baby Round and Wee”. It is a song about an acorn who fell down thru’ the treetops right to the ground but he wasn’t hurt at all. I can only remember bits and pieces of this song, I am not sure of its origin possibly English because of it being an acorn from the Oak Tree?

Hope one of your readers can help?

Brenda Taylor


If anyone is familiar with this song, please let us know about it in the comments below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

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9 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with a Song about an Acorn, most likely from Britain, with the line, “A little Brown Baby Round and Wee”?”

  1. Heather Says:

    I’m looking for this song, too! My mom was from Australia and used to sing it to her children.

  2. Pamela McDonald Says:

    I am 64, and like you, my mother used to say this poem to her children. Before she died she wrote a book on her family history and including the poems she said to us as children.
    A little brown baby, round and wee
    With kind winds to rock him, slept up in a tree
    And he grew and he grew’til I’m sorry to say
    He fell right down from his cradle one day
    Down from the treetops a very bad fall
    But that dear little fellow was not hurt at all
    And there he lies asleep in the grass
    And there you will find him whenever you pass.

    Another poem she used to say to us, which you may enjoy was “Tommy Sparrow”.
    Tommy Sparrow was a rogue, always coming late
    Eating worms in lesson time. talking to his mate
    One fine morning Tommy said “Here’s a field of wheat
    Let us stop and have some fun, It is nice and sweet”
    Mrs Magpie at her desk had to wait and wait
    ‘Till just at ten the truants came, sixty minutes late
    Mrs Magpie frowned at them, then she sternly said
    “Not a bird shall leave this school until it’s time for bed”
    Perhaps you saw them in the sky in the fading light
    Flying very very fast home from school that night.

  3. Lisa Says:

    Jewels wrote:

    Im a little acorn brown
    lying on the cocoa ground.
    Everybody steps on me.
    That is why im cracked you see.
    I call myself on the telephone
    just to hear my golden tone.
    I ask myself how bout a date,
    meet me at the corner half-past-eight.
    Met myself at the picture show.
    I put my arms around my waist,
    I got so fresh I slapped my face!

    Thanks Jewels… that’s cute!

  4. Lisa Says:

    Julia wrote:

    I’m a little acorn brown lying on the cocoa ground everybody steps on me. That is why im cracked you see, “im a nut, im a nut”. call myself on the telephone just to hear my golden tone ask myself how about a date, meet me at the corner half past 8. I’m a nut…im a nut!!! set myself at the picture show sat myself in the very first row, I put my hands around my waist I – got so fresh I slapped my face I’m a nut! a nut!….

  5. Heather Says:

    That’s the one, Pamela. Thank you all :)

  6. John Arendse Says:

    I sang this song, “The Acorn” at a concert For the Sisters of Charity concert at Sacred Heart Darlinghurst Sydney, Australia when I was 8 or maybe even 7 in circa 1949. I had forgotten about it until, pleasantly, I came across your enquiry.
    John Arendse.

  7. Melody Says:

    I was just sitting here with my grandson and a part of this song popped in my head out of the blue. My mom used to sing this song to me, she passed away 25 years ago. I couldn’t believe it when I googled 1 line of the song and it brought me to this website. How funny others have the same fond memory of their moms singing it…And thank you Lisa for posting the words!

  8. JoAnn Says:

    Thank you for filling in the gaps to this nursery rhyme.
    My Mom’s grandmother from New Orleans, sang it to her when she was little.
    She remembers it being about a pecan.
    they may have adapted to the south.

  9. Pat S Says:

    I remember singing The Acorn Song (I’m a little nut of brown etc.) at Girl Scout Camp. Your other Australian tune is unfamiliar. What I’d like to find is where the Acorn tune came from. It’s played by a street organ grinder in a Popeye cartoon! And also danced by Shirley Temple and Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson in the 1935 film THE LITTLEST REBEL. Probably folk origin.

    (The lines about going to the movies resemble another pop song, “I Love Me.”)

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