Looking for a Song Sung to Babies in Ireland about That Shirt Me Mother Made for Me

Mary wrote me looking for the full lyrics to an Irush lullaby:

My sister-in-law is trying to find a lullaby sung to her as a child but she doesn’t know the title. She has a very new little grandson…

I remember the day that I was born
T’was a frosty winter morn
The doctor said I was a chubby chap
And when the nurse she put me on her lap
She washed me all over I remember
And powdered me all up you see
Then she put me in the cradle by the fender in that little shirt
me mother made for me.

Anything you can help us with would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Mary Cunningham

If anyone knows more lyrics to this lullaby, or the name of it, please comment below.

Thanks!

Lisa

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26 Responses to “Looking for a Song Sung to Babies in Ireland about That Shirt Me Mother Made for Me”

  1. Beth McRae Says:

    Old Irish Lullaby…I sing it to my 6 mo old daughter, “All Through the Night”

    Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee,
    All through the night;
    Guardian angels God will send thee,
    All through the night;
    Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
    Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
    I my loving vigil keeping,
    All through the night.

    While the moon her watch is keeping,
    All through the night;
    While the weary world is sleeping,
    All through the night;
    O’er thy spirit gently stealing,
    Visions of delight revealing,
    Breathes a pure and holy feeling,
    All through the night.

    Hark, a solemn bell is ringing,
    Clear through the night;
    You, my love, are heav’nward winging,
    Home through the night.
    Earthly dust from off thee shaken,
    By good angels art though taken;
    Soul immortal shalt though waken,
    Home through the night.

  2. Lisa Says:

    Hugh Cumming wrote me:

    I see that someone wants these words. This is the version that I have, but I would appreciate the music for it.

    Oh, I’ll never forget the day that I was born.
    ‘Twas on a cold and frosty winter morn.
    The doctor said I looked a lovely chap,
    And, when the nurse she took me on her lap,
    She bathed me all over, I remember
    And after powder puffing me, you see,
    She put me in the cradle by the window
    In the little shirt my mother made for me.

    The first time that I wore my knickerbockers,
    They seemed to sunny(?) after wearing frocks,
    I looked a little picture they did say
    And, when they let me out to run and play,
    I didn’t like the pants I was wearing.
    So straightaway I took them off, you see,
    And I started walking home so brave and daring
    In the little shirt my mother made for me.

    Now one day when I was on my holidays,
    Across the briny ocean I did gaze;
    The water looked so good I thought I’d go
    In for a dip, but in the meantime, oh
    All the girls at me were starin’
    Some were taking pictures I could see.
    ‘Twas a lucky thing for me that I was wearing
    The little shirt my mother made for me.

    Regards

    Hugh Cumming

  3. Lisa Says:

    John Malcolm wrote me:

    Found at this link:

    That little shirt my mother made for me

    I’ll never forget the day that I was born
    It was on a cold and frosty winter morn
    The doctor said I was a chubby chap
    And when the nurse she took me on her lap

    Oh she bathed me all over I remember
    And after powder puffing me you see
    She put me in a cradle near the window
    In that little shirt my mother made for me

    The first day I wore my knicker frocks
    I felt so funny after wearing frocks
    I looked a little picture they did say
    But when they left me out to run and play

    Oh I didn’t like the pants that I was wearing
    So in the street I took them off you see
    And I started walking home so brave and daring
    In that little shirt my mother made for me

    And then to school they said that I must go
    I didn’t like my teacher you must know
    And when I played the truant quite so dear
    The teacher said now boy you come here

    With a big stick she beat around upon me
    There’s no mistake about my pedigree
    I had the map of Scotland painted on me
    Neath that little shirt my mother made for me

    I’ve found a sound clip of part of the melody.

    I’ve now found a full recording of the song you can listen to at this URL…

    http://www.phildallaire.net/Ted_Drouillard/shirt.htm

    Regards

    John Malcolm

  4. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for your help!

    It looks like this song was written by Harry Wincott (1867-1947). He was born in London.

    Wincott wrote many pub songs at the turn of the century.

  5. John Unbehend Says:

    I have been looking for the melody as well (as has my cousin as it was a song our Grandmother sang). So far I’ve ID’d the following as a source for one rendition. Let me know if any of you find others.

    John Unbehend
    Seattle

  6. jill Says:

    My grandma sang my dad a very similar song but with a different mid line –Oh she washed me all over i remember, and after powder puffing may you see, she put me in a cradle by the fender in a little shirt my mother made for me

  7. Nancy Says:

    Thank you Lisa
    Your version is the way I heard my mother sing it when I was a small child. It was said to be an Irish lullabye. (however my mon was scotish and my dad Irish) I sang it also to my wee girls when they where young. Good memories and good songs.

  8. Agnes Fisher Says:

    Thank you all for the lyrics to “Little Shirt Me Mother Made for Me”.

    I wonder if you could help me remember a song about Toy Soldiers. It’s very sad:

    . . . Don’t you (?) while I’m gone he said and don’t you make any noise. And tottling off to his trundle bed he dreamt of his little toys. And while he was dreaming an angel song awakened our little boy blue.
    The years are many the years are long but his little toy friends are true.

  9. Monique Says:

    Here it is

    Little Boy Blue

    ‘The little toy dog is covered with dust,
    But sturdy and staunch he stands;
    The little tin soldier is red with rust,
    And the musket moulds in his hands.
    Time was when the little toy dog was new,
    And the soldier was passing fair;
    And that was the time when our little Boy Blue
    Kissed them and put them there.

    “‘Now, don’t you go till I come,’ he said,
    ‘And don’t you make any noise.’
    So toddling off to his trundle-bed
    He dreamt of his pretty toys;
    And as he was dreaming, an angel song
    Awakened our little Boy Blue–
    Oh! the years are many, the years are long,
    But the little toy friends are true.

    “Aye, faithful to little Boy Blue they stand,
    Each in the same old place–
    Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
    The smile of a little face;
    And they wonder as waiting the long years through
    In the dust of that little chair,
    What has become of our little Boy Blue,
    Since he kissed them and put them there.”

    Eugene Field

  10. Graeme Webb Says:

    THE LITTLE SHIRT MY MOTHER MADE FOR ME. This is an old Scottish song, and recorded by the Canadian Country singer, Wilf Carter.

  11. Mohamed Bhonopha Says:

    When I was a little boy in Sierra Leone, our choirmaster taught us “All Through the night.” The song didn’t appeal to me then, because at that age, hardly any great piece of art is unappealing.

    This morning between finishing touches to my manuscript and making tea (Sierra Leone is still British) I heard myself singing the second verse. I wish to thank Beth McRaye very much for her generosity for availing the world to that eternal lullaby.

    Good-luck in all her endeavours.
    mohabho@verizon.net

  12. Tanya Says:

    I am a45 year old woman, and when I was about 5, my sister and I remember putting on a very small record (those were the days!) and singing at the top of our voices

    I shan’t forget the day that I was born,
    Twas on a cold and frosty winters morn,
    The doctor said I was a chubby chap
    And when the nurse, she put me on her lap,
    Ooh, she washed me all over I remember,
    And powdered me all over tenderly,
    It was a good job for me that I was wearing
    The little shirt my mummy made for me.

    This was 40 years ago to a 45 record that my parents had. I wish I knew who sang it, all I know is that we played it all of the time and there was another 45 that we used to play just after, called “straight down the middle” which I think was Bing Crosby about golf! Nonetheless, we maybe got the words wrong, but we loved both of those songs and I’ve often wondered if there was anyone else out there that felt the same!

  13. Karen Gee Says:

    The Little Shirt my Mother Made for Me was a song written by my Great Grandfather Harry Wincott. I have a copy of the sheet music for this.

  14. Orvil L. Archbold Says:

    Ms. Karen Gee:
    Is there any possibility I could get a copy of your grandfather’s sheet music for The Little Shirt My Mother Made For Me?
    I am willing to pay for it.
    I live in California and i look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you for your attention to this request.

    Orvil L. Archbold

  15. Lisa Bronte Says:

    In the early 60’s my Parents, along with my Uncle Ernest Auntie Kathleen Uncle Frank & Auntie Violet, used to collect my sister Linda & myself from boarding school in Shepton Mallet (Somerset, UK) we would all be piled into a Ford Zephyr station waggon and sang “The Little Shirt My Mother Made for Me” along with many others, on the drive to Weston-Super-Mare’s beachside with donkey rides etc – This little song brings back those deliriously happy memories from 50 yrs ago. Better than a snap shot !! Thank you for having it on your site. Did ORVIL ARCHBOLD hear back from KAREN GEE re the sheet music??
    Any possibility of acquiring a copy too ???
    I live in Sydney Australia & would like to pass it on to my 4 grandchildren. Many thank yous !!

  16. Ray Haynes Says:

    I remember this as a Stanley Holloway song…….Here goes…..I remember well the day that I was born…’twas on a bright and frosty winter’s morn….the nursie said I was a chooby chap…and then she ????put me onher lap….Oh she washed me all over I remember, and powdered me all over tenderley….then she ??? and put me by the fireside in the little shirt my Mother made for me……………………………

  17. Ray Haynes Says:

    I remember this as a Stanley Holloway song…….Here goes…..I remember well the day that I was born…’twas on a bright and frosty winter’s morn….the nursie said I was a chooby chap…and then she ????put me onher lap….Oh she washed me all over I remember, and powdered me all over tenderley….then she ??? and put me by the fireside in the little shirt my Mother made for me…………………………..Last summer I went for my holidays…upon the briny ocean I did gaze ?????????/ some people on the beach at me were staring, and someone taking snapshots I could see………it were a good job for me that I was wearing…that little shirt my mother made for me……………..I’m a few years late and it is incomplete but I hope this helps….best regards from Ray, and with complete words I believe I could write out the melody.

  18. Jonathan Finkelstein Says:

    Ray’s version, albeit incomplete, has the lyrics I recall from Holloway’s rendition.

  19. JAMES DOOHAN Says:

    There is an excellent version of this song by Foster and Allen which can be downloaded from itunes – their lyrics are slightly different from those given above – but flow better.

  20. Eamonn Says:

    Hi have searched high and low this past hour for the words of the little shirt my mother made for me .didn’t recall the title do now yous site made my day Eamonn

  21. Ethel howard Says:

    My mam sang it to me I know it off by heart her gran came from Ireland a little shirt my northern made for me

  22. Sandra Says:

    My Mom is turning 90, April 2 2017. She sings this song all the time. We want to do it at her party, but can’t find the written music for keyboard. Any help out there would be wonderful1

  23. Julia Fox Says:

    A song my Mum used to sing to me – I remember the tune too!

    “I won’t forget the day that I was born,
    T’was on a a cold and frosty winter’s morn,
    The doctor said I was a cheeky chap,
    As nursey laid me gently on her lap.
    Oh, she washed me all over, I remember,
    And powdered me so gently don’t you see,
    Then she laid me in a cradle by the fender,
    In a little shirt me mother made for me”.

  24. Lisa Says:

    That’s great Julia! Would you like to sing it for us? :) -Mama Lisa

  25. Seonaid Says:

    I remember on the day that I was born
    It was a cold and frosty day November morn
    I was lying in my bed with nothing on
    Cause my mother had the washing in the pond

    Well my father said you canny leave him naked
    For cold enough that he’s about to freeze
    And there I was just staring looking glakid
    In the little shirt me mother made for me

    I have more All the lyrics written to me by my aunt when I was 9

  26. Lisa Says:

    Please share them! :)

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