Why is it that I'm 22 years old and have never really listened to these lyrics??
I've sang this song so many times to babies as I'm rocking them... it's so wrong!!!
Excuse the language:
I was very disturbed and realized - wait, the rhyme originated from somewhere.... which is even more frightening.
So I looked it up.
Here are the lyrics:
Rock a bye baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.
(horrible image, by the way, of a cradle falling out of a tree....)
Here is where famousquotes says this rhyme came from:
Origins in American history
The words and lyrics to this nursery 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 enabling the wind to rock the cradle and the child to sleep. The rhyme also hold a warning on the choice of bough!
Why would any sane mother stick her child up in a tree?! In a cradle?! WITH THE WIND BLOWING?! There had to have been some casualties before they realized this was NOT a good idea.
I'm sure I realized how weird it was to sing about a falling out of a tree baby to another baby, but since it's such a common nursery rhyme I don't think I thought much of it.
Now I'm wondering what other rhymes I've been absently singing without realizing what I'm actually saying.