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Old 03 April 2017, 02:41 AM
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Originally Posted by TallGeekyGirl View Post
Why is that one so strange? We have a lullaby or nursery rhyme about a little baby falling out of a tree, cradle and all, and it's supposed to be endearing and cute...
My mother made up another verse for that one, in which the mother catches the falling baby and the father fixes the cradle and the tree, so that she could sing it without scaring her children. I didn't realize until I was grown that the verse wasn't part of the usual song.

I do remember being puzzled about there being a cradle up in a tree in the first place -- until, many years later, I found out about cradleboards, which were apparently occasionally hung in trees, and thought Aha! that must have been the kind of cradle in the song!