MAIRZY DOATS

Latest update on 11/06/2012

Artist: Al Trace & his Silly Symphonists
Author: Al Hoffman/Milton Drake/Jerry Livingston
Label: Hit
Year: 1944

Alias Al Hoffman. Introduced on radio and intrigued instantly: Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey. A kiddley divey too. Wouldn't you? The own refrain gives the answer: Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. A kid 'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you. Inspired by Al Hoffman's four year old daughter who came home with a similar phrase. The line "A ditty nutty as a fruitcake, goofy/screwy as a goon and silly as a loon" came from I'm Nuts About Screwy Music (see there).

Covers:

1944:

Merry Macs [n°1 US]

1944:

Stan Laurel [in film The Big Noise]

1944:

Raymond Scott

1944:

Lawrence Welk

1944:

Pied Pipers

1944:

Ambrose [vocal: Anne Shelton]

1944:

Carroll Gibbons

1944:

Andrews Sisters [on V-disc]

1950s:

Spike Jones

1953:

Mitch Miller

1958:

Tommy Ridgley

1959:

Dodie Stevens

1963:

Carlo [rock version; part of The Belmonts]

1967:

Innocence [hit US]

1970:

Claude François [as Quand rien ne va plus]

1998:

Maria Muldaur

2001:

Chas & Dave [as Mairzy Doats And Dozy Doats]

Hoffman also wrote If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake.

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