A cradle song, or lullaby is a sweet and soothing piece of music, which is sung or played to little ones to lull them to sleep. These lullabies are often used to pass down cultural values and tradition. In addition, the cradle songs are also beneficial in developing communication skills and maintaining infants’ undivided attention. Cradle song is often repetitive as it is a sleep aid for infants and easy for moms to sing.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a popular English cradle song. The lullaby was first published in 1806 in “Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems” by Taylor and his sister Ann. It is often sung to the tune of Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, a French melody. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” English lyrics have five stanzas, but only the first is widely known and sung across the globe.
“Rock-a-bye Baby” is one of the well-known lullabies. Various theories have been related to the origin of this song. One of the theories identifies a song as a first rhyme written on American song, by an English immigrant, who observed how the native-American women rocked their little ones in birch-bark cradles, which were tied to tree branches.
One of the theories suggests that the song refers to events immediately preceding the Glorious Revolution. The “baby” is referred to be the son of James VII and II. “Wind” in the lyrics is said to be the Protestant coming from Netherlands bringing James’ nephew and son-in-law William of Orange, who would throw out King James II in the revolution. The “cradle” is said to be a resident of the royal family. The earliest recorded version of a song in print appeared with a footnote, “This may serve as a warning to the Proud and Ambitious, who climb so high that they generally fall at last”.
In England, the local legend relates the rhyme to a local character, Betty Kenny (Kate Kenyon), who was surviving with her charcoal-burner husband, Luke and their eight kids in a huge yew tree, where a hollowed-out bough served as a cradle.
Hush Little Baby
“Hush Little Baby” is a traditional cradle song for infants, sung by moms to lull their little ones to sleep. An author and date of this folk song is unknown. It is believed that it was written in the Southern United States. Simple and sweet lyrics in the rhyme promises all kinds of rewards to the kids if he or she is quiet.