The Missouri Waltz

Missouri State Song


Sunset on the Missouri river

Sunset on the Missouri river; photo by Geir Arne Hjelle on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Song of Missouri

Missouri designated "The Missouri Waltz" as the official state song in 1949; melody by John V. Eppel, arranged by Frederic Knight Logan, lyrics by J.R. Shannon. All State Songs


Hush-a-bye, ma baby, slumbertime is comin' soon;
Rest yo' head upon my breast while Mommy hums a tune;
The sandman is callin' where shadows are fallin',
While the soft breezes sigh as in days long gone by.
Way down in Missouri where I heard this melody,
When I was a little child upon my Mommy's knee;
The old folks were hummin'; their banjos were strummin';
So sweet and low.
Strum, strum, strum, strum, strum,
Seems I hear those banjos playin' once again,
Hum, hum, hum, hum, hum,
That same old plaintive strain.
Hear that mournful melody,
It just haunts you the whole day long,
And you wander in dreams back to Dixie, it seems,
When you hear that old time song.
Hush-a-bye ma baby, go to sleep on Mommy's knee,
Journey back to Dixieland in dreams again with me;
It seems like your Mommy is there once again,
And the old folks were strummin' that same old refrain.
Way down in Missouri where I learned this lullaby,
When the stars were blinkin' and the moon was climbin' high,
Seems I hear voices low, as in days long ago,
Singin' hush-a-bye.


Elsie Baker - Hush A Bye Ma Baby (Missouri Waltz) 1917