Bye, baby Bunting

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"Bye, baby Bunting"
Roud #11018
Written England
Published 1784
Form Nursery rhyme
Writer(s) Traditional
Language English

'Bye, baby Bunting' is a popular English language nursery rhyme and lullaby. About this sound Play  It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 11018.


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 term bunting is a term of endearment that may also imply 'plump'.[1] The earliest published version was published in Gammer Gurton's Garland or The Nursery Parnassus in England in 1784.[1] 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]

In popular culture[edit]


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