Lullabies are meant to soothe children to sleep, but some of them have surprisingly catastrophic endings. The most famous lullaby, "Rockabye Baby
," ends:When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all
According to Robert Smith, the lullabies his father sang to him had similarly tragic endings. "There would be something like 'Sleep now, pretty baby,' and then there'd be an 'Or you won't wake up at all' coda to the song," he said.