Nursery Rhyme or Nursery Crime?

– Rock-a-Bye Baby –

I wonder if the song is even about a baby at all. Because it’s so old, I wonder if it had something to do with slavery; being hung from a tree. Or maybe even something to do with a woman having a miscarriage; exiting the womb sooner than planned.

Think about it:
Who would put a child in a cradle and then put the cradle in a tree? And wait for the wind to blow so the cradle and baby would fall? And then write a song and sing about?
Are you serious????

I think it’s totally inappropriate to sing to a child of any age…..