DESCRIPTION: "I sit up all night with the fire burning bright, While rocking my baby to sleep, Singing, 'Hush a-le la lee, hush a-lo lee, Your daddy will come by and by, So close your eyes and go to sleep, Your dear mother she is tired, Singing hush alee..."
EARLIEST DATE: 1935 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: lullaby nonballad father mother
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
SHenry H591b, p. 6, "Hush Alee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kennedy 343, "Hush, Little Babbie" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: It's far from certain that these songs are the same. Kennedy, who knew the Henry collection, did not equate them, speculating instead that "Hush, Little Babbie" came from a Gaelic original.
But both the Kennedy and Henry texts are from Northern Ireland, and they share lines and somewhat similar choruses. I decided to equate them.
The text cited in the description is from Henry. Kennedy's version has a curious floating segment, "Where are you going, my old man, Where are you going, my honey?" - RBW
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