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Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris

Go to sleep you little baby (Go to sleep you little baby)
Go to sleep you little baby (Go to sleep you little baby)
You'r mama's gone away and you'r daddy's gonna stay
Didn't leave nobody but the baby.

Go to sleep you little baby (Go to sleep you little baby)
Go to sleep you little baby (Go to sleep you little baby)
Everybody's gone and the cotton and the corn
Didn't leave nobody but the baby.

You're a sweet little baby (You're a sweet little baby)
You're a sweet little baby (You're a sweet little baby)
Honey and a rock and the sugar don't stock
Gonna bring a bottle to the baby.

Don't you weep pretty baby (Don't you weep pretty baby)
Don't you weep pretty baby (Don't you weep pretty baby)
She's long gone with her red shoes on
Gonna need another lovin' baby.

Go to sleep you little baby (Go to sleep you little baby)
Go to sleep you little baby (Go to sleep you little baby)
You and me and the devil makes three
Don't need no other lovin' baby.

Go to sleep you little baby (Go to sleep you little baby)
Go to sleep you little baby (Go to sleep you little baby)
Come on lay your bones on the alabaster stones
And be my everlovin' baby...



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    UnregisteredFeb 8, 2012 at 12:33 am
    Appalachian music has a tradition, among many others, of the "murder ballad. " they are exactly that - stories about murders. This song was created for the movie soundtrack for 'o brother, where art thou? ' using a great deal of bluegrass, old-time country, and appalachian styles of music.
    This song is a murder ballad.
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    DeathNote1515Jun 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm
    Okay I think it may be about the mother of the baby getting sold for slavery and the father being left behind (preobably disabled?) "everybody's gone to the cotton and the corn" corn and cotton are commonly in plantations in the south for slavery. She's long and gone with her red shoes on" is probably the shackles around her ankles thus refering to the red shoes and finally "come and lay your bones on the alabaster stones and be my everloving baby" is the baby dieing and the mother grieving and holding the baby in the last moments of life. Does the mother find the bebe? I dunno bt this is just my opinion! Xd.
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    UnregisteredJul 10, 2012 at 4:19 am
    So i've heard that this song is a song written by slaves and i've also found that the song is an old irish lullaby re-written for the movie. Either way it was re-written for the movie according to alison krauss. The original is shorter and while still dark not quite as dark. Like the devil thing in the original is you and me and the angel makes three...
    I think that possibly whether its an old irish lullaby or a slavery lullaby that it probably has similar meanings. There's a baby who has been abandoned whether by accident (death of parents) neccesity (parents had to work to provide i mean think potato famine, ran away or sold off) and the person left to care for the baby can't provide. The person caring for the baby loves it but can do nothing to keep it alive and either the baby ends up starving to death or is murdered by the caregiver.
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    UnregisteredDec 19, 2013 at 3:45 am
    I think the baby was about to die before hand, the singer is just finishing it off so that the baby no longer has to suffer. "you and me and the devil makes three. " saying there is death also. " come lay your bones. "
    maybe the the singer is someone who came to take the baby to its final resting place while mamma's out and daddy's at work. The bottle could have something to do with the death. Don't cry and go to sleep are what i think the singer is trying to do to make death easier on the baby. Nice tune dark meaning.

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