Neighbors once reminisced about the nonsense songs which were so popular years ago; songs like “Mairzy Doats.”

That brought an email from Pat DeSmith, Moorhead, who “loved” the mention of that song.

“When I was growing up,” Pat wrote, “my mother would play albums a lot, and we had a lot of them (Mitch Miller, etc.)

“I remember with fondness the album we had by Bing Crosby, and one of the songs on it was ‘Mairzy Doats’ It was one of my favorite songs to sing along to!

“A fond and wonderful memory!”

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And Mike Deplazes, West Fargo, writes, “Here is how I remember it (‘Mairzy Doats’) being sung to me:

Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lambsy divy;

A kidily divy too, wouldn’t you?

If the words sound queer and funny to your ear,

A little bit jumbled and jivey, sing,

‘Mares eat oats

And does eat oats,

And little lambs eat ivy.

A kid’ll eat ivy, too,

Wouldn’t you?’

Oh boy, they just don’t write great songs like that anymore!

And here are a couple of other songs some of you may remember. One was “Rag Mop.”

It was recorded by the Ames Brothers in 1950. And it included these immortal words:


Rag mop!

Rag mop!

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Also there was Woody Herman’s tender song about Caledonia, with these words:

“Caledonia! Caledonia! What makes your big head so hard?”

Don’t those romantic lyrics just get to you?

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