one piano and a mocking bird

performed by Regina Spektor on her piano

( more of Regina Spektor  to be found on link at bottom of  this page  in an article ‘one piano one voice’)

Here is her beautiful voice and unique version
of the old lullaby mocking bird
talking medical plans
pregnancy tests and
…Marilyn Monroe
to help baby

the words…..

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird don’t mock real well, then
Papa’s gonna buy you a freedom bell
Oh, and if that freedom bell don’t ring
Papa’s gonna buy you a cubic zirconia ring
Oh, and if that cubic zirconia ring don’t shine
You’re gonna give your papa a real hard time
Now ain’t you?
Ain’t you, baby, ain’t you?

And if that real hard time don’t pass
Papa’s gonna get wrinkles all upon his face
And then he’ll blend in with all the other papas then
Screw the whole mockingbird situation,
We can’t even afford a medical plan
Now, can we?
Oh baby, now can we?

This song won’t do, let’s start this over…
Let’s start this over

Hush, little baby, here comes the sandman
Papa’s gonna buy you a medical plan
Oh, and if that medical plan don’t cover your ass
Papa’s gonna buy you a pregnancy test
Oh, and if that pregnancy test comes out positive
Well then, girl, I don’t know how the hell we’re gonna live
Maybe on your bright ideas
Maybe on cigarette butts
Maybe on bubblegum wrappers
Maybe on penalty shots

Hush, little baby, don’t you cry
You know to you, your papa would never ever lie
Oh, hush while I sing to you this crude little lullaby
And I’ll get you all that shit one day by and by
But in the meanwhile
Well in the mean, mean… meanwhile

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird
Oh, and if that mockingbird don’t sing
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
A real diamond, no cubic nothing
Like in the movies with that…
What’s her name… Monroe… Marilyn…
A real diamond, a real diamond…
Hush, hush…


Regina Spektor

Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group


ONE PIANO more to be found on Regina Spektor

one piano~one voice

composed and performed by John Lennon ‘Real Love’1970
~ a single piano demo ‘Real Love’take 1 ~
A piece forgotten until 1988.
(John Lennon b.1940-d.1980)
It was later recorded much altered by the Beatles 1995. (terrible result)

More recently recorded by Regina Spektor (2007) for Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
Spektor is also a songwriter but says she rarely writes any of them down, they flow out of her. She usually sings in English, but often includes a few words or verses of Latin, Russian, French, and other languages in her songs. She also plays with pronunciations, which she has said is a remnant of her early years when she listened to pop in English without understanding the lyrics and sometimes weird songs about meatballs in refrigerators come into her head – She says she can’t help it.

[Take 4]

2014 12 10 hedge jpg sig

Tom Odell’s version of Real Love 2014 See Tom playing a Taylor Swift song on post March 8 2015 here: I knew you were trouble. This was used by John Lewis the retail company for their Christmas promotion December 2014.

version Tom Odell…… Trouble

Tom Odell and ‘Grow old with me’