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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" (Roud 11018) is a popular English-language nursery rhyme and lullaby.

Lyrics and Melody

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.

When matched to the melody:

<score %vorbis="1"%%T257066% lang="lilypond"> \relative c' { \time 3/4 e2. | d2 f4 | e2. | d2. | e2 e4 | d2 f4 | e2. | c2 c4 | e2. | d2 f4 | e2. | d2. | e2 e4 | d2 f4 | e2. | c2 r4 \bar "|." } \addlyrics { Bye, ba- by Bun- ting, Dad- dy's gone a- hunt- ing, - Gone-to get a rabbit skin To-wrap the ba- by Bunting in. }



The expression bunting is a term of endearment that may also imply 'plump'. A version of the rhyme was published in 1731 in England. 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.
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