Rock A Bye Baby Lyrics-Good or Bad?

@ardnas69 (175)
United States
August 29, 2007 11:00pm CST
Is this really a good nursery rhyme? According to information I found on Google, the lyrics were first published in 1765 and was originally called "Hush a bye baby" instead. My 17 year old has asked me several times the meaning of this nursery rhyme which she sees as an unfit rhyme to sing to your child. She wonders why anyone would place a baby in a treetop and let a baby fall from it "cradle and all." The Google article states that Native Americans had a habit of placing a baby in the lower branches of a tree which allowed the baby to be rocked to sleep. This is an old nursery rhyme and I guess I never really thought of it the way she does. Don't guess she will be singing that one to any of my future grandbabies.
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• United States
30 Aug 07
you ive often wondered about that nursery rhyme myself. certainly doesnt imspire being safe and protected does it? lol. i believe the first time i realized how "scary" the words could be is when i saw that episode of the Simpsons (long time ago) where Marge is singing it to Maggie and you see what Maggie is picturing. which is of course falling out of a tree with the wind fiercly blowing and screaming all the way down. your daughter does have a good point! lol.
@ardnas69 (175)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Sure hate I missed that episode. Maybe I can find it and play it for her. She would get a kick out of it.