Baby Lullaby Music

Soothing Lullabies proven to make you sleepy.

All The Pretty Little Horses is a southern folk lullaby with an interesting historical background. It is believed it was originally sung by an African American slave whose time was completely taken up caring for her master’s babies or children, and as such lacked the time to take care of her own properly.

It’s hauntingly simple, plaintive melody was originally accompanied by lyrics that were a bit less suited for lulling young children to sleep than the edited version we typically hear today. You might find some that know this tune simply as “Hush-a-bye.”

The original lyrics, as near as we can tell, were as follows:

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry
Go to sleepy little baby
When you wake, you shall have
All the pretty little horses
Blacks and bays, dapples and greys
Go to sleepy little baby
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry!
Go to sleepy little baby
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry!
Go to sleepy little baby
When you wake, you shall have
All the pretty little horses
Way down yonder – down in the meadow
There’s a poor wee little lammy
The bees and the butterflies pickin’ at its eyes
The poor wee thing cried for her mammy
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry
Go to sleepy little baby
When you wake, you shall have
All the pretty little horses
An amended lyric that is more popular reads as follows:
Hush-a-bye
Don’t you cry
Go to sleepy little baby
Way down yonder
In the meadow
Lies a pretty little lammie
Bees and butterflies
All flying by
Poor little lamb crying Mammie

There are many more lyric variations including the pleasant “when you awake, you will have cake.”

More music from arranger and producer Steve Millikan:

Canciones De Cuna
Wedding Processional Songs

Catholic Wedding Hymns

Fun Wedding Songs
Bride’s Guide to Classical Wedding Music
Bridal Chorus Sheet Music (Gentle Piano arrangemennt)
Bride’s Guide to Wedding Music – Popular & Classical

All The Pretty Little Horses has been recorded by a diverse collection of artists, including Charlotte Church, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Olivia Newton John, Barbara Dickson, Kenny Loggins (on Return to Pooh Corner), Steve Millikan, The Wandering Minstrels, Mama Goose and a Hundred Goslings, and Peter Paul and Mary.