Bye, baby Bunting

"Bye, baby Bunting" (Roud 11018) is an English-language nursery rhyme and lullaby.[citation needed]

"Bye, baby Bunting"
Bye, baby bunting 1 - WW Denslow - Project Gutenberg etext 18546.jpg
Sheet music
Nursery rhyme

Lyrics and melodyEdit

The most common modern version is:

Bye, baby Bunting,
Daddy's gone a-hunting,
Gone to get a rabbit skin [To get a little rabbit's skin[1]]
To wrap the baby Bunting in.[2][3]


From 1784:[4]



The expression bunting is a term of endearment that may also imply 'plump'.[2] A version of the rhyme was published in 1731 in England.[5] A version in Songs for the Nursery 1805 had the longer lyrics:[citation needed]

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.[2][6][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rackham, Arthur (1913). Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes, p.4. Century Company.
  2. ^ a b c I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), p. 63.
  3. ^ Kaye Bennett Dotson (2020). The Value of Games, p.66. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 9781475846416.
  4. ^ Pamela Conn Beall, Susan Hagen Nipp (2002). Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies, p.50. Penguin Publishing Group. ISBN 9780843177664.
  5. ^ "Weekly Essays". The Gentleman's Magazine. No. IV. London, England. April 1731. p. 150.
  6. ^ Eulalie Osgood Grover, ed. (1915). Mother Goose. P.F. Volland. [ISBN unspecified].
  7. ^ (1899). The Child Life Quarterly Volumes 1-2, p.94. C.F. Hodgson & Son

External linksEdit