Bye, baby Bunting

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"Bye, baby Bunting"
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Nursery rhyme
Published 1784
Songwriter(s) Unknown

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'Bye, baby Bunting' is a popular English-language nursery rhyme and lullaby. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 11018. "Bye, baby Bunting" is popular lullaby, used especially in schools in England and US.


The most common modern version is:

Bye, baby Bunting,
Daddy's gone a-hunting,
Gone to get a rabbit skin
To wrap the baby Bunting in.[1]


The expression bunting is a term of endearment that may also imply 'plump'.[1] A version of the rhyme was published in 1731 in England.[2] A version in Songs for the Nursery 1805 had the longer lyrics:

Bye, baby Bunting,
Father's gone a-hunting,
Mother's gone a-milking,
Sister's gone a-silking,
Brother's gone to buy a skin
To wrap the baby Bunting in.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), p. 63.
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