J. R. Shannon, 1914
Hush-a-bye, ma baby, slumbertime is comin' soon;|
Rest yo' head upon my breast while Mammy hums a tune;
The sandman is callin' where shadows are fallin',
While the soft breezes sigh as in days long gone by.
'Way down in Missouri where I heard this melody,
When I was a Pickaninny on ma Mammy's knee;
The darkies were hummin',
Their banjos were strummin'
So sweet and low.
Strum, strum, strum, strum, strum.
Hear that mournful melody,
Hush-a-bye, ma baby, go to sleep on Mammy's knee.
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