The original available account, as recognized to date, appeared in England in 1784, with opening line “Cry baby bunting,” a label by which the poem is occasionally called. “Bye, baby bunting” is a nursery school poem. There are quite a few variants. The poem was remarkably and sarcastically illustrated by the famous British artist, Randolph Caldecott. The term bunting is a term of endearment that may also imply “plump.” (source)


(Folk song)

Bye baby bunting
Daddy’s gone a-hunting,
Gone to get a rabbit skin
To wrap the baby bunting in.

Recorder Notes E, G, A

See also


  • Song with chords, Printable Visuals
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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  1. Beth – love your site. I’m just curious what program/font you use to create the melodic examples you have here.

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