Hush-a-Ba Baby, Dinna Mak' a Din
DESCRIPTION: "Hush-a-ba baby, dinna mak' a din": "ye'll get a fishie when the boats come in" or "ye'll get a piece when the baker comes in"
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Maclagan)
KEYWORDS: food lullaby nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,High))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig/Duncan8 1561, "Hush-a-Ba Baby, Dinna Mak' a Din" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: R.C. Maclagan, "Additions to _The Games of Argyleshire_" in Folk-Lore, (London, 1905 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. XVI, p. 453, ("Hush-a-baa baby, dinna mak' a din")
NOTES [66 words]: The Greig/Duncan8 verse is the "fishie" one. Compare this to the "Dance To Your Daddy" line "You shall have a fish and you shall have a fin, You shall have a coddlin' when the boat comes in." McVicar considers this fragment a version of that song; however, his other versions do not have a "hush-a-ba baby" line (see Ewan McVicar, Doh Ray Me, When Ah Wis Wee (Edinburgh, 2007), pp. 15-17). - BS
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