Rock-a-bye Baby
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A traditional nursery rhyme, probably today's most famous lullaby to put babies to sleep.

Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetop,

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,

And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Rock-a-bye, baby, your cradle is green,
Father's a King and Mother's a queen.
Sister's a Lady and wears a gold ring,
And brother's a drummer and plays for the king.

Rock-a-bye baby, way up on high,
Never mind baby, mother is nigh
Up to the ceiling, down to the ground,
Rock-a-bye baby, up hill and down.


ROCK-A-BYE= Go to bye-bye is a common child expressions meaning "go to slepp", so "rock a bye" means something similar to: rock to sleep. ROCK is to move from side to side, like in a rocking chair.

TREE-TOP= The top of the tree, the part that is green, with leaves and branches.

CRADLE= A small little bed for babies.

ROCK= To rock is to move back and forth or from left to right. If you rock a baby, you help them sleep.

BOUGH= (old-fashioned) /baʊ/ branch, the "arms" of a tree where the leaves grow.

LADY= An old title of nobility.

WAY UP ON HIGH= (old-fashioned) Very high up.

NEVER MIND= Don't worry.

NIGH= (old-fashioned) Near.