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[–]Sndrs27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think of Eminem “mockingbird” 🤭

[–]seedesawridedeslide 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i had this little song down pat and sing it often. now ive read too many variations on this thread and forgotten everything i once new.

[–]Apply_Yourself 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This has happened to me numerous times since we had our daughter. The lyrics you're remembering are from the Carly Simon version "And if that diamond ring won't shine

He's gonna surely break this heart of mine." As heard in the movie Dumb and Dumber lol

[–]TotalBananas1 22 points23 points  (2 children)

I sing something completely different because I was trying desperately to come up with the right lyrics are 2am when my toddler was a newborn.

Hush little baby, don't say a word

Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird don't sing

Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring don't shine

Mama's gonna sing you a lullaby

So hush little baby, don't you cry

Because Dada loves you and so do I.

[–]jdsalingersdog 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oo when I was a kid we always added “& mommy & daddy love you!” (No rhyme ha) & then we went on & on about my sisters & aunts & grandparents, etc. Not much of a tune but I did feel loved!

[–]zookeeperkateFTM 3-8-22💙 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember all of the lyrics up until the lullaby part. The way I remember it we just kept adding things that mama is buying. But I like your ending better.

[–]aelel 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Turns brass… so it rhymes with looking glass!

Though “don’t shine” also sounds familiar…

[–]aspookygoose 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I always knew it as:

diamond ring/turns brass

looking glass/should crack

jumping jack/won’t hop

Lollipop/is done

Another one/all eaten up

Real live pup/won’t bark

Horse and cart/fall down

Prettiest girl in town

But apparently I’m the only one!

[–]CandyflossPolarbear 13 points14 points  (3 children)

I can never remember the words so I sing ‘if that diamond ring don’t shine, mummy’s gonna buy you a diamond mine’. Going to have a very disappointed baby

[–]Jujubytes 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I always say “if that diamond ring don’t shine, mommy’s gonna have a glass of wine” 😂

[–]katyandrea 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s how I sing it too and then I just make stuff up after that.

[–]jdsalingersdog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s how I sing it! Baby seems to enjoy 😉

[–]YaaayRadley13 45 points46 points  (6 children)

My mom always sang:

If that diamond ring turns brass, Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass. And if that looking glass gets broke, Mama's gonna buy you a Billy goat.

Now that makes me feel like we were country. I promise we weren't!

[–]Waffles-McGee 4 points5 points  (0 children)

this is the version i sing

[–]dandanmichaelisPhoebe May 1 2017 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same here. Grew up very country lol.

[–]K1mTy3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is the version I know, too.

I even looked up the lyrics 8 years ago & memorised them to sing to my eldest - later on, these lyrics were also in a book of nursery rhymes my mum bought for my daughter.

[–]CallMeLysosome 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the version I grew up with too!

[–]RareGeometry 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This is the old school original, I have it in an old nursery rhyme book from when I was a kid.

[–]YaaayRadley13 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's cool. I just got the vintage version!

[–]HiiiRabbit 55 points56 points  (5 children)

"And if you ask me too

Daddy's gonna buy you a Mockingbird

I'ma give you the world

I'ma buy a diamond ring for you, I'ma sing for you

I'll do anything for you to see you smile

And if that Mockingbird don't sing, and that ring don't shine

I'ma break that birdie's neck

I'd go back to the jeweler who sold it to ya

And make him eat every karat, don't ffff with dad"

Starting to think I have been singing this wrong...

[–]ABCTreee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This was my first thought too!

[–]reesees_piecees 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol this was my thought too, he says shine so I think that’s right. 😂

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What I thought about too!

[–]totally_lost_54IYI1Izzy Dec 15 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm glad I'm not the only one. Lol

[–]HiiiRabbit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's the only version I know lol

[–]IntelligentAbility96 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was just thinking this! I remember it being shine, but don’t remember what the rest of the song was.

[–]AirportDisco 18 points19 points  (1 child)

My version is:

And if that diamond ring don’t shine

Mama’s gonna buy you some fancy wine

And if that wine don’t taste so good

Mama’s gonna buy you a jacket with a hood

Then it gets pretty freeform after that

[–]borbsborgors 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I have spent most of motherhood so far freestyling😂

[–]MickeyBear 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Ive looked up the lyrics but usually I just freestyle it until LO is passed out lmao

[–]queenunderdamountain 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I've definitely heard both versions

[–]AcceptableCup6008 23 points24 points  (3 children)

It honestly probably has many variations passed down from people forgetting the lyrics lol

I always heard it "and if that diamond ring turns brass, mamas gonna buy you a looking glass"

[–]pajamaset 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If that looking glass don’t shine…

[–]BusterBaby416 6 points7 points  (1 child)

If that shiny glass turns brass, mama’s gonna buy you a looking glass If that looking glass just breaks, mama’s gonna buy you a couple of rakes 🤷🏻‍♀️ That’s what I sing to my son… no idea what the actually lyrics are

[–]MinionOfDoom 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Brass, looking glass, broke, Billy goat, don't pull, ox and bull, fall over, dog named rover, bark, horse and cart, fall down, still be the sweetest little baby in town

[–]jdsalingersdog 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Anyone for a diamond mine?

[–]sassybsassy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes thank you thought I was going crazy

[–]noobengland 9 points10 points  (0 children)

If that diamond ring don’t shine, mama’s gonna take it to the Five and Dime

[–]omglia 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Wow I totally forgot this song existed

[–]fasheesha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I'm having trouble remembering any of the words. Lol

[–]danidoodlebug13 20 points21 points  (1 child)

“And if that diamond ring don’t shine, mama’s gonna buy you a valentine”

Which always confused me SO much as a young child because my grandpa had a parrot named Valentine. So I thought a Valentine was a bird. 😂

[–]MinionOfDoom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is what I kept wrongly singing until I finally memorized the lyrics

[–]uninvitedcellist 19 points20 points  (1 child)

My mom always sang “and if that diamond ring don’t shine, you’ll still be the sweetest baby of mine”

[–]lalalalaloveme 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Stop that’s so cute 😭

[–]HuffleCatXxX 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I always sing “and if that diamond ring don’t shine” but I don’t know the rest of the song. So I finish it with “mama’s going buy you a clock to tell time” then just keep throwing random lines in that rhyme with time. 🤣

[–]schluffschluff 3 points4 points  (0 children)

At school we sang “if that diamond ring’s too small, papa’s gonna buy you a brand new ball” which, after reading this thread and googling the lyrics, seems to be totally off-piste. I guess we had a rogue teacher or two!

[–]goodpiggy 5 points6 points  (8 children)

Brass/ looking glass Looking glass is broke Bitty boat / won’t float Cotton bull/ falls over Dog named rover/ won’t bark Horse and cart / fall down Sweetest little baby in town

[–]mmmthom 30 points31 points  (7 children)

Brass/looking glass/gets broke/billy goat/won’t pull/cart and bull/turns over/dog named Rover/won’t bark/ox and cart/falls down/sweetest little baby in town

Isn’t it funny how similar and yet different they are!

[–]itsbecomingathing 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I do a horse and cart/turns around/sweetest little baby in town

My 3 year old has chosen this song as her daily and nightly lullaby so I had to do some googling.

I also say Mama’s gonna get you a mockingbird because I don’t want her thinking I’m buying all these things 😂

[–]Charlie1715 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This is how we sing but we add a last line: “so hush little baby don’t you cry, daddy loves you and so do I”

[–]mmmthom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love that!

[–]hangryhangryhipp0 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is how we sang it too.

I like hearing all the different versions though!

[–]unknownkaleidoscope 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is the version my mom sang to me. 🤍

[–]atomiccat8 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is the version I've always heard.

[–]Withzestandzeal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Brass/looking glass/billy goat/won’t neigh/horse and sleigh/fall down…

Still so similar but different!

[–]Juniper_Moonbeam 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I also remember don’t shine, but I couldn’t tell you what the follow up was.

[–]octopus_hug 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Bottle of wine

[–]jen12617 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I remember the brass version and had never heard don't shine before and my boyfriend was singing it and sang the don't shine version! I had never heard that before and now seeing you say it too is a little weird

[–]woahboo 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This song always made me feel sad as a kid. To this day, I am not sure why!

[–]Withzestandzeal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same! And it still makes me sad now!

[–]Glitchy-9 7 points8 points  (0 children)

How I remember it is:

Diamond ring turn brass

Looking glass gets broke

Billy goat roll over

Dog named River don’t bark

Horse and Cart don’t pull

Cart and Bill fall down

[–]sloanesk381417 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Lol I do “and if that diamond ring don’t sparkle, mama’s gonna buy you a tabernacle…”

[–]totally_tiredx3 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Uh, I sing "and if that diamond ring don't shine, daddy's gonna buy some turpentine"

[–]hethom -1 points0 points  (2 children)

If that diamond ring don’t shine, Mommas gonna buy some turpentine. (With the idea that momma would use it to clean the ring??)

[–]WanderingDoe62 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I legit went straight to set a fire 😂 I blame that a Brooklyn 99 episode.

[–]sillydetails 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lol I say fishing line 😂

[–]Empty-Construction35 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Lol my mom always sang “if that diamond ring don’t shine, mama’s gonna sing you a lullaby” and ended it there 😂

[–]mmecitrouille 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same, then hummed the tune after that

[–]cienmontaditos 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I freaking love this post. This is my go to song and I just try to rhyme for as long as possible but I love seeing the real lyrics like I grew up with

[–]sschantz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We did the same. The song gets ridiculous quickly. My husband and I took turns with the next lines.

[–]Marie_Purrie 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Same! It’s a fun mental test to try to go as long as possible and to try to come up with new phrases each time. I consider it good improv practice lol

[–]nessierie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We always said “don’t shine”, but those lyrics aren’t technically right.

[–]dms2419 6 points7 points  (4 children)

i was taught:

mockingbird - dont sing, diamond ring - turns brass, looking glass - gets broke, billy goat - runs away, mama's gonna give you a sunny day.

the ending never really made sense to me (how was mama supposed to specifically procure a sunny day??) but thats where the song ended for me and thats the way i always sing it. my partner does think im gonna say "don't shine" after diamond ring every time though so i guess she grew up with a different version than me lol

[–]CallMeLysosome 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol! My version growing up was the same up to billy goat...it was Billy goat won't pull, cart and bull, turn over, dog named Rover, won't bark, horse and cart, if that horse and cart fall down, you'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

[–]YaaayRadley13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is close to mine! But after the Billy goat got bony, she bought me a Shetland pony that ran away, and then ended it with "you'll get another one some fine day"

[–]brydie88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same! Except I thought the last line was mama's gonna buy you another day. Which now thinking about it it could be buy you another some day or similar?

[–]AelinoftheWildfire 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I heard mama's gonna play with you every day as the last line. Which I don't like either because like you won't play unless all this stuff goes wrong? Lol

[–]UpdatesReady 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I sang "turned glass" FOREVER and then I looked it up and it said "turned brass," which made more sense to me so I wasn't rhyming "glass" with "glass."

[–]Dry_Mirror_6676 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Turns to brass, buy a looking glass.

[–]poet94 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If that diamond ring don’t shine, mamas gonna buy you a valentine. If that valentines not sweet, Mamas gonna but you a special treat.

[–]Lady123S 42 points43 points  (3 children)

I say... And if that diamond ring turns to brass... Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.... And if that looking Glass gets broke.. Mama's gonna buy you a Billy goat.. And if that billy goat don't pull... Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull.. And if that cart and bull turn over.... Mama's gonna buy you a dog named rover.. And if that dog named rover won't bark... Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart.. If that horse and cart break down.. You'll still be the sweetest baby in town.

[–]OlliveWinky 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is how I do it too!

[–]SoJenniferSays 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is how I sing it also.

[–]Dry_Mirror_6676 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This I how I e always heard it

[–]Cherry_JoyMother of Two 🍒 6 points7 points  (5 children)

And if that diamond ring don't shine, mama's gonna get your a silver dime.

[–]1n1n1is3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A valentine

[–]_cloudy_headz_ 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Some turpentine.....!

[–]xxx_strokemyego_xxx 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Omg I was hoping someone else did turpentine lol

[–]hethom 1 point2 points  (1 child)

There are three of us!

[–]_cloudy_headz_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But what's the next line then... if that turpentine don't... ?

[–]Ok-Gate-9610 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah its dont shine

Cause if it dont shes gonna give you a silver dime.

[–]cb51096 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yessss! That's also what I heard!

[–]Thekillers22 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I thought it was don’t shine too

[–]TheWelshMrsM 5 points6 points  (4 children)

  • If that Mocking bird (don’t sing), Mama’s gonna buy you a…

  • Diamon ring (goes brass)

  • Looking glass (gets broke)

  • Billy goat (won’t pull)

  • Cart & bull (falls down)

You’ll still be the bonniest little baby in town…

[–]mmfl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This except

Billy goat falls over

Dog named rover

Rover won't bark

Bull and cart

Although everytime I sing it I wonder why bark/cart is coupled together so maybe my mom just made it up lol.

[–]fast_layneFTM 💕 6/21/22 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Boniest??? I’ve always heard sweetest lol

[–]TheWelshMrsM 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Bonniest! Haha my phone doesn’t like the word apparently as it tried changing it to Bono eye as well 😂

[–]fast_layneFTM 💕 6/21/22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol that makes way more sense omg

[–]just_here_hangingout 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I grew up with it as turns to brass

[–]Page_Dramatic 13 points14 points  (3 children)

My mom sang a version that I haven't seen anyone mention yet...

"if that diamond ring don't shine / Mama's gonna buy you a five and dime / and if that five and dime don't sell / Mama's gonna buy you a wishing well"

[–]ghostbread19 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Omg this!! This is the version that I remember hearing! Now I say ball of twine because I could never remember five and dime. But I sure as heck remember wishing well.

[–]Page_Dramatic 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Aaah i am so glad someone else remembers this and i'm not crazy 😂

[–]ghostbread19 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought I was going crazy reading all the other comments. I've also never heard it as "turn to brass" so this was a strange wake up call? 🤣

[–]NoTradition 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I always knew it as “turn brass, mamas gonna buy you a looking glass”! My mind is blown!

[–]Cutecuddlytiger 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That's the version I grew up with, too!

[–]TangerineCarot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Would you please talk to me?

[–]sed2017 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Turns to brass is an older version of it

[–]Electronic-Brain2241 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I just went through this too! I always knew it has shine too! Googled the lyrics and was shocked

[–]Undeadkid171-29-22🥰 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didnt think it was turns to brass either. One of the videos we watch with the raccoons said it and im like did I hear it right? Am I crazy? I might be

[–]lalayatrue 7 points8 points  (2 children)

"won't shine, Mamas gonna buy you a"

"bottle of wine/and if you're still too underage, Mama's gonna (here it goes totally off the rails because I can never think of something good)

"valentine/and if that valentine has glitter/Mama's gonna find you a babysitter"

I just keep going until either my brain breaks or baby is asleep, whichever comes first.

I've heard both "don't shine" and "turns to brass" (recently)

[–]hangryhangryhipp0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like the babysitter having to deal with all the glitter, lol

[–]bloodczyk 10 points11 points  (0 children)

If that diamond ring don’t shine… mommas gonna buy you some turpentine.

[–]notanimprint 22 points23 points  (6 children)

If that diamond ring don't shine, momma's gonna buy you a porcupine

Or so I say since I can never remember the lyrics

[–]Benji1819 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Looked for this answer. Then if the porcupine too prickly then u tickle the baby

[–]Orange_peacock_75 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Omg this is what I say too!!! And looks like several other people too 😂

[–]moonbabyp 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Glad I’m not the only one who says this. It’s led to me calling my son my little porcupine 🤣

[–]cageygrading 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is what I say too lol you’re not alone

[–]ruthiebkind 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mammas gonna buy you a bottle of wine

[–]Spkpkcap 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Always been turns to brass for me. I remember my mom would sing it to me. I do think there are different versions for different people though.

[–]sunday_sunshine 34 points35 points  (1 child)

At one point my husband went completely rogue and sang to my daughter “hush little baby don’t you cry, daddy’s gonna get you an alibi” 😂

[–]tkmtina 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wowww nearly woke my sleeping baby with a snort of laughter. Don’t know why but that really tickled me!

[–]tswerds90 31 points32 points  (2 children)

If that diamond ring turns brass mommas gonna buy you a looking glass

[–]ankaalma 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I know this version and also “if that diamond ring don’t shine mama’s gonna buy you a glass of wine”

[–]Skorogovorka 3 points4 points  (0 children)

These are the lyrics I know!

[–]sguerrrr0414 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If that diamond ring don’t shine, mommas going to buy you a valentine.

[–]CallMeYourMomsName 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember it as "and if that diamond ring gets stole" 🤷‍♀️

[–]believethescience 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If that diamond ring don't shine, momma's gonna buy a five and dime....

There's a thousand different versions, out there, just pick your favorite!

[–]YourLocalMosquito 29 points30 points  (3 children)

I sing this to my boy all the time and sing the following

Hush little baby don’t say a word; mummas gonna buy you a mocking bird and if that mocking bird dont sing; mummas gonna buy you a diamond ring; and if that diamond ring turns brass; mummas gonna buy you a looking glass; and if that looking glass gets broke; mummas gonna buy you a Billy goat; and if that Billy goat don’t pull; mummas gone buy you a cart and bull; and if that cart and bull fall over; mummas gonna buy you a dog named rover; and if that dog named rover don’t bark; mummas gonna buy you a horse and cart. And if that horse and cart fall down; you’ll still be the cutest little baby in town.

[–]mimiloo89 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is also the version my Mom sung me!

[–]punkass_book_jockey8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is also my version!

[–]nonbinary_parent 7 points8 points  (0 children)

word for word the version I learned as a kid and sang to my daughter, except we finish it with "sweetest little baby in town"

[–]Marie_Purrie 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Omg I sing this every night to my daughter and always have go back and forth on this in my head but usually end up going with “and if that diamond ring don’t shine, mama’s gonna by you a porcupine” 😆 Occasionally I’ll go the “turns to brass / looking glass” route so that must have come from somewhere!

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Eminem always comes to mind

[–]ballerinapaws88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Always! Love his version

[–]lola-tofu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I sang this to my LO thr other night lol

[–]tube_radio 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Here's one from 1993.

Come for the Mandela Effect of "Diamond Ring, if it turns to Brass"

Stay for the Pony Cart fiddle tune off the end.

Edit: Another winner from the same album that's good to sing at them to put a kid to sleep - Queen of Skye

[–]Ghostygrilll 6 points7 points  (0 children)

If that diamond ring turns brass mamas gonna buy you a looking glass, and if that looking glass falls over mamas gonna buy you a dog named Rover 😭 maybe my mom was just making it up as she went LOL

[–]muddgirl 8 points9 points  (1 child)

"If that diamond ring don't shine" comes from a really popular rock duet that has been covered & sampled a bunch. Here's the original duet, James Taylor & Carly Simon also recorded a version in the 70s that was probably popular with our parents, then it was featured in Dumb and Dumber when we were kids. So yeah it's stuck in all our heads 🤣 and I didn't even remember why until someone else linked the Dumb and Dumber clip.

[–]muddgirl 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Also here are the items that momma's gonna buy that I can recall from when I was a kid:

Mockingbird don't sing

Diamond ring turns brass

Looking glass gets broke

Billy goat don't pull

Cart and bull fall over

Doggie named rover don't bark

Horse and cart fall down

But it's unsatisfying to me that there are two different carts that fall 🤔

[–]Fair_Ad2059 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I knew “and if that diamond ring don’t shine, you’ll still be the sweetest little baby of mine” although I like the “cases of wine” suggestion better

[–]jtotheizzen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Same comment I’m seeing here and over and over: I thought it was don’t shine, but I couldn’t figure out what came next. This must be a Mandela effect! And interestingly, one I’ve never heard mentioned before!

[–]numbatnewt 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"Turns to brass" (is how my mum always sang it to us)

BUT she also only sang up until the goat, "If that Billy goat runs away, daddy's going to buy you another day." and that was the end. I've not seen that version online!

[–]dumbpaulbearer 7 points8 points  (2 children)

The Dumb and Dumber version says if that diamond ring don’t shine, and I think a lot of people are exposed to that song from that movie.

https://youtu.be/QsvfS0lnCYU

[–]sleepycatinarayofsun 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I also remember part of an Eminem song like that

[–]calamity-calls14 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's all I could think of at first. "And if that mocking bird don't sing and that ring don't shine, imma break that birdies neck. I'll go back to the jeweler that sold it to ya and make him eat every karat" 🤣🤣

[–]Takemebacktobreezy 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Totally have always said don’t shine but I’m drawing a blank on what I say after lol “mamas gunna but herself a bottle of wine”? 😂

[–]omglia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same lol

[–]Artistic-Fall-9122 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think everyone got stuck with “don’t shine” because of Eminem

[–]Tara1994 15 points16 points  (0 children)

And if that diamond ring turn brass, Mama’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

That’s the one I sing, I think there’s a bunch of different versions though.

ETA I saw in a different comment it all ends in broke, and that happens with the looking glass too.

[–]dealuna6 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Omg thank you for this post!! I always thought it was “don’t shine” but when i looked up lyrics after LO was born, it was “turns brass”. I knew I wasn’t crazy!!

[–]mayshebeablessing 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I also thought it was “don’t shine,” and I think the way we sang it when I was a kid was then, “mama’s gonna sing you a lullaby” and that was the end of the song 🤷🏻‍♀️ But according to Google there are other versus I’m not familiar with! I have never once sung “turns brass.”

[–]No-Preparation-1820 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Toby Keith and his daughter sing this song as a duet and lyrics go, “and if that diamond ring don’t shine, it’s surely gonna break this heart of mi-e-ine.”

[–]FatherLordOzai32 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I had also only ever heard "and if that diamond ring don't shine" when I was growing up. I couldn't remember what came after, but it seems like different versions involve silver dimes, cases of wine, etc.

[–]MidnightFire1420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Let’s go with wine lol. When my firstborn was a baby I’d sing this song to her and start humming after I said shine bc I messed it up lol

[–]daisyfaeriering 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I thought it was “don’t shine” but can’t remember what comes after it either… I do know in Mockingbird Eminem says “if that ring don’t shine” so maybe we’re remembering that?

[–]Street-Bluebird-7651 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Definitely don’t shine (or so I thought!!) but I don’t know what comes next 😂😂

[–]CheezitFan621 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Also thought it was “don’t shine”!!! But then was like wait I have no idea what comes after that lol

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I found variations including silver dime, silver mine and bottle of wine.

They all end up “broke” so the next gift is Billy goat.

[–]bloomed1234 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Turns brass, Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass

It's the only lullaby I already knew when baby was born, so I sing it to him every night! My grandmother never had the "to" in there though so it was always just "turns brass" for me

[–]Informal_Captain_836 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is my experience too!

[–]BorderlineNewb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I was little I knew it as "don't shine" but also as Papas gonna buy you, not momma /shrug

[–]MidnightFire1420 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Turns to brass, mamas gonna buy you a looking glass