Mairzy Doats

Lyrics

Mares eat oats,
And does eat oats,.

And little lambs eat ivy.

A kid'll eat ivy, too,
Wouldn't you?

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Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version is a little bit sillier

Oh, mairzy doats and dozy doats and little lambsy divey
A kiddle divey, too. Wouldn't you?
Oh, mairzy doats and dozy doats and little lambsy divey.

A kiddle divey, too. Wouldn't you?

If the words sound queer and funny to your ear,
A little bit jumbled and jivey.
Say, "Mares eat oats and does eat oats
and little lambs eat ivy".

Oh, mairzy doats and dozy doats and little lambsy divey
A kiddle divey, too. Wouldn't you?
Oh, mairzy doats and dozy doats and little lambsy divey
A kiddle divey, too. Wouldn't you?

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Carolyne Freeman, United Kingdom

21 June 2015 at 7:29pm

Have known this song all my life. One the parents used to sing a long long time ago. Great fun

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Clive, England

19 May 2015 at 9:47am

I just found this and I'm 57! My mom used to sing it to me when I was about 4-5 but she used to sing at the end: "and little Clivey Divey" :)

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Steve, Hungary

28 October 2014 at 9:50am

Raised on a farm in Ohio, this song was popular when I was 5 yrs old. There was something about it that kids loved. We had an old Philco radio in the barn that was turned on at milking time - the cows seemed to give more milk listening to music. There I would often wait to hear Mairzy Doats and Tippi Tin, my two favorites. Neither had lyrics that made a lot of sense but when you are five, who cares? p.s. the cows did not seem to differentiate between songs - they just relaxed and gave more milk when music was playing.

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Shari, United States

11 July 2014 at 4:16pm

I didn't figure this out until i was 55 yrs old!! mares eat oats, i said marsy oats and dosey doats!!! hahah

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Vivienne Baxter, United Kingdom

11 June 2014 at 8:37pm

My dad used to sing this song I thought he just made it up I was born in 1953

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karen hanna, Canada

4 April 2014 at 1:21pm

My daddy sang this to me all the time when I was young, I was born in 1951!

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Michael Lombard, Utah, USA

24 December 2013 at 9:30pm

As a little kid growing up in Vermont in the 1940's I heard this song a lot on the radio, years before we ever got a TV. This brought back good memories. Thanks.

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JeannieB, Midwest

9 November 2013 at 7:22pm

My Mom used to sing this to us. I am trying to make a CD of old songs for my granddaughter, that my Mother used to sing. Am excited to find this You Tube !

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Shelton, United States

4 November 2013 at 5:18pm

This song made the top of the charts in 1944. It was intended to be amusing, for WWII was going on and we needed things to amuse us, there was enough sad news happening in Europe and the Pacific.

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Brenda, United States

22 July 2011 at 12:16am

T The song above is not politcally correct by today's standards, but it is one my daddy sang to me all my life. I've never heard it anywhere else. I believe it was probably a song that slaves sang to their children.

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Brenda, United States

22 July 2011 at 12:13am

Has anyone ever heard of this song: Way down in Alabama when the breeze begins to sigh, seems to murmer softly just the sweetest lullabye, each dear old mammy in old Alabam' huddles and cuddles her own honey lamb, little picaninny close your eyes and go to sleep, moon is swingin' low and spooky shadows 'gin to creep, this melody brings a fond memory, take me back again to dear old Alabam'.

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