Bye, baby Bunting

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"Bye, baby Bunting"
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Nursery rhyme
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"Bye, baby Bunting" (Roud 11018) is an English-language nursery rhyme and lullaby.[ citation needed ]


Lyrics and melody

The most common modern version is:

Bye, baby Bunting,
Daddy's gone a-hunting,
Gone to get a rabbit skin [To get a little rabbit's skin [1] ]
To wrap the baby Bunting in. [2] [3]

Bye, baby Bunting

From 1784: [4]

Bye, baby Bunting


The expression bunting is a term of endearment that may also imply 'plump'. [2] A version of the rhyme was published in 1731 in England. [5] A version in Songs for the Nursery 1805 had the longer lyrics:[ citation needed ]

Bye, baby Bunting,
Father's gone a-hunting,
Mother's gone a-milking,
Sister's gone a-silking,
Brother's gone to buy a skin
To wrap the baby Bunting in. [2] [6] [7]

See also


  1. Rackham, Arthur (1913). Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes , p.4. Century Company.
  2. 1 2 3 I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), p. 63.
  3. Kaye Bennett Dotson (2020). The Value of Games , p.66. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN   9781475846416.
  4. Pamela Conn Beall, Susan Hagen Nipp (2002). Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies , p.50. Penguin Publishing Group. ISBN   9780843177664.
  5. "Weekly Essays". The Gentleman's Magazine . No. IV. London, England. April 1731. p. 150.
  6. Eulalie Osgood Grover, ed. (1915). Mother Goose . P.F. Volland. [ISBN unspecified].
  7. (1899). The Child Life Quarterly Volumes 1-2, p.94. C.F. Hodgson & Son

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