I remembered a song heard on the radio in the sixties, tried to fingerpick the melody on my electric guitar, found some youtube versions and at last the lyrics roots as well.

lyrics based on:
Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turn brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat don’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark.
Papa’s gonna to buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down,
you’ll still be the sweetest CAT in town.

My cat Emily looks alike she killed a mockingbird!
Strike Cat =^..^=
photo by Frizztext
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About frizztext

writer, photographer, guitarist

11 responses to “Mockingbird

  1. Love it ! I remember these lyrics now that you shared them.
    What came to my mind was Theresa Brewer’s “When you wake up in the morning to the mockingbirds thrill.” … or some such thing. But I know it is
    Theresa, not sure of the words.

    Thanks for the words to the song you found…. fun song.



  2. nice!
    and Emily is just beautiful!


  3. Love your music sir, very easy on the ear 🙂
    I played for a couple of months in my teens but sadly never picked it up. Nevertheless, always been a music fan, esp. rock as well as native or folk.
    Thanks for sharing.


  4. I can hear your guitar while commenting…
    and this post has me transfixed!
    I created a multi-media happening at our Poetry Workshop. Please see:
    Jeanne Poland


  5. Amy

    So beautiful! Thank you for playing the music for us, Frizz!


  6. Frizztext and Aretha – magical!


  7. You play the guitar beautifully.


  8. As mentioned, love that song. Very nice, pleasing-to-the-ears version, frizz. Your picking is soothing.


  9. I thought this was a nursery rhyme that was, eventually, made into a song that became very popular. I think was in the late 1950’s but I’m not real sure on that.
    I think you’re cat did eat the mockingbird. He looks very guilty. hahaha


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