“Neighbors” rang some goofy musical memories a while ago when it recalled the old nonsense popular song “Mairzy Doats,” which began, “Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lambsy divy.”

That brought a letter from Drew Simels, Bronx, N.Y., who writes that he is 70, retired and sometimes travels to Fargo-Moorhead because he enjoys it around here. “I was there recently and unexpectedly found your piece” about that song, he says.

“I vaguely recall hearing a version of the song on the radio in my growing-up years,” Drew writes, adding that “I grew up in the suburbs of New York City, in Teaneck, N.J., which, in a couple of ways, seems comparable to Moorhead.

“When I returned to New York City, I Googled the song, and listened to a recording of it from the 1940s by the Pied Pipers, with Paul Weston and his orchestra, on Capitol Records.

“I also read an article about the song on Wikipedia. I figured out that the label ‘nonsense song’ is to be understood in a general way, i.e., in the sense that such a song like ‘Mairzy Doats’ was not created to be nonsensical.”

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That’s because the “mairzy doats” lyrics actually are a cute way to sing “Mares eat oats and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy.”

Oh, and by the way, Drew writes that “Every time I visit Clay County and Cass County, I make sure I read The Forum.”

Thank you for doing that, Drew!

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Another oldie

But speaking of old songs with funny lyrics, here’s one sent in by Dorothy Wrabek, Park Rapids, Minn. See if you remember this one, which was a hit record for the Andrews Sisters from Mound, Minn., and which begins:

Down in the meadow in a little bitty pool

Swam three little fishies and a mama fishie too.

“Swim,” said the mama fishie; “swim if you can.”

And they swam and they swam all over the dam.

Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!

Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!

Boop-boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!

And they swam and they swam all over the dam.

Ah yes, the wonderful romantic lyrics of these old songs…

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