Do Your Ears Hang Low

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Information About Do Your Ears Hang Low

"Do Your Ears Hang Low?" is a children's song probably of American origin and popular with children to sing around campfires. The melody of this song comes from "Turkey in the Straw".

American Folklorist Vance Randolph collected this song in 1941 but it wasn't until 1992 that it first appeared in print in the book "Randolph, Roll Me in Your Arms".

The origin of the song is unknown but there is some suggestion a version was sung by soldiers in the American Civil War.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version has the verses in a different order

Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie 'em in a knot?
Can you tie 'em in a bow?
Can you throw them over your shoulder
like a Continental Soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

Do your ears Flip Flop?
Can you use them as a mop?
Are they stringy at the bottom?
Are they curly at the top?
Can you put them in a shower
With a giant daisy flower?
Do your ears Flip Flop?

Does your tongue hang out?
Can you shake it all about?
When you try to tuck it in,
does it just hang out?
Can you roll it to the ground,
with a clunk and a pound?
Does your tongue hang out?

Do your eyes pop out?
Can you roll them all about?
can you bat them like a ball?
they would fly without a doubt.
can you take them with you bowlin'?
They would surely go a-rollin'.
Do your eyes pop out?

Some more verses you can add to the song

Do your ears hang wide?
Do they flap from side to side?
Do they wave in the breeze?
From the slightest little sneeze?
Can you soar above the nation with a feeling of elation?
Do your ears hang wide?

Do your ears hang askew?
Can you use one stirring stew,
while the others picking berries,
or making mountain dew?
Can you hold an elevator,
while you signal to a waiter?
Do your ears hang askew?

Do your ears fall off?
When you give a great big cough?
Do they lie there on the ground?
Or bounce up at every sound?
Can you stick them in your pocket like little Davy Crockett?
Do your ears fall off?

Do your eyeballs droop?
Do they wobble in your soup?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a loop?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder,
Like a continental soldier?
Do your eyeballs droop?

Does your nose hang down?
Does it drag upon the ground?
Can you tie it in a knot?
Can you tie it in a crown?
Can you throw it over your shoulder,
Like a continental soldier?
Does your nose hang down?

Do your eyes bug out?
Do they roll around your snout?
Do you go cross-eyed,
When you're looking for a trout?
Can you see your image clearer,
Without looking in the mirror?
Do your eyes bug out?

Does yo chain hang low
Do it wobble to the flo'
Do it shine in the light
Is it platinum is it gold
Could you throw it over your shoulder
If you're hot would it make you cold
Do yo chain hang low.

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Nulecus, My house

17 February 2015 at 6:33am

I love this song sooo much!!!! :)

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stephanie, United States

11 February 2015 at 6:57pm

barney is singing it

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Chloe, Canada

17 August 2014 at 9:51pm

It's from the early 40s.

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Kerry, United Kingdom

13 July 2014 at 2:15am

Sung this all through primary school and never even knew there were more verses! Always wondered where it came from and what it was about. 27 and it still pops into my head all the time

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david, ohio,usa

30 May 2014 at 2:00am

I always liked this song and all the deferent verses to the song it's way cool

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Amanda, United States

14 March 2013 at 4:21pm

this is a genious song love it <3

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Mike, United States

6 December 2012 at 4:18pm

A Continental Soldier could throw his balls over his shoulder, not his ears.

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Misty, United States

16 April 2012 at 1:01am

teh chain hang low thats funny

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Sharon, United States

16 November 2011 at 5:25am

The last time I heard this song was Eyore, the donkey, from Disney singing it. It is just the cutest song. Makes you happy when you sing it!

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Violy, Australia

11 October 2011 at 11:53pm

I really enjoy listening and watching at the video. A good resource for seminar and camps, any secular activities.

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Jada Is Happy, United States

27 June 2011 at 10:09pm

I love this song. Their are a lot of songs you could make from this. By the way do yo chain hang low was not an orriginal.

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John Chode, Mexico

6 May 2011 at 2:51am

What is cock? What are balls? Do i have any? inbox me. xo

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Annie, United Kingdom

23 April 2011 at 1:11pm

The video didnt work for me :( Couldent stop laughing at this song- so glad i looked it up as i never knew there were other verses!

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Georgia, United Kingdom

29 January 2011 at 8:43am

great song

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Alysha, United States

13 November 2010 at 6:16am


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Amy & Michael, United States

11 November 2010 at 12:47am

Our mom sang this extremely extremely cool song to Amy and I to cheer us up from boredom

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Isabelle :), Ca

6 August 2010 at 1:00am

i like the other version better do yu chain hang low that ones so much better

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Me, Usa

3 May 2010 at 11:12pm

i love this song its the icecream mans song in my neiborhood

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Jeanne, Memphis, Tennessee

9 April 2010 at 2:52am

I made up a verse to go with the first (that's the only verse I learned). It goes like this: Are your feet too large?/are they as big as a barge?/do you waddle like a duck?/can you float just like a boat?/do you tickle your nose/when you wiggle your toes?/are your feet too large? This site is the greatest!

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Taylor / Taterbug, N.c

6 March 2010 at 2:17pm

i love that song! [almost]. it just cheers me up!

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