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    Question Rock a bye baby

    Hello,
    There is a popular song for children:
    "Rock a bye baby on the tree top
    When the wind blows the cradle will rock" etc.
    What I don't understand here is the word "bye". I can't imagine the meaning of it in the sentence above.
    Thank You in advance
    Zsolt Csillag

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    Re: Rock a bye baby

    Quote Originally Posted by starhu View Post
    Hello,
    There is a popular song for children:
    "Rock a bye baby on the tree top
    When the wind blows the cradle will rock" etc.
    What I don't understand here is the word "bye". I can't imagine the meaning of it in the sentence above.
    Thank You in advance
    Zsolt Csillag

    Hi

    You have to take the whole line into consideration if you want to understand it :

    There are 2 possible origins that I know of, the American & the English ... and I quote ...

    Origins of words to "Rock a bye baby" in American history...
    The words & lyrics to the "Rock A Bye Baby" rhyme are reputed to reflect the observations of a young pilgrim boy in America who had seen Native Indian mothers suspend a birch bark cradle from the branches of a tree. Thus enabling the wind to rock the cradle and the child to sleep.

    I am not sure 100% of this explanation but I`ll search for some more explanations. If I find something more interesting I`ll let you know.
    Hush a bye baby nursery rhyme lyrics with origins and history

    Best wishes
    Teia
    Last edited by Teia; 14-Mar-2007 at 20:46.


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    #3

    Re: Rock a bye baby

    "Bye" is a contraction for "Good bye". You say to small children, when they are going to bed, "go bye byes now", meaning "go to sleep now". So possibly it means "rock a baby to sleep".

    The rhyme is a lullaby : a soothing song sung to send a child to sleep. ORIGIN from LULL + bye-bye, a sound used as a refrain in lullabies

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    Re: Rock a bye baby

    Hello,

    Thank you very much for your reply.

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