The singer is forty-five with a young wife who "loves to go out on a spree" leaving him to watch the baby. One night he goes out for a stroll while the baby is sleeping and "my dear wife I spied hugging a soldier sixteen"
Hush-a-Bye, Baby Complete text(s) *** A *** From MacEdward Leach, Folk Ballads & Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast, #115, p. 285. "Sung by Peter Letto, Lance au Clair, July 1960." I'm sweet forty-five and my dear little wife She's twenty years younger than me; She's fond of enjoyment and all sorts of fun; She loves to go out on a spree. Lawty, tauty, hush a my baby, Hail, my baby grows so high, Lawty, tauty, hush a my baby, Mother will come to baby by 'n by. One night as my baby lay silent in sleep, I took a short stroll around the street, And to my surprise my dear wife I spied Hugging a soldier sixteen.