mairzy dotes

January 23, 2008



I’ve got this silly song stuck in my head!

Apparently, bits of music getting stuck in one’s head is a fairly common occurrence. It happens to Tom and I on a regular basis. If one of us gets infected with a song, we never hesitate to share the misery with the other. When it happens to Tom, he refers to this endless, viral, loop of music to “the jukebox that is my brain.” I understand the term is actually “earworm,” however.

What the…earworm…what? Well, according to Wikipedia:

Earworm, a loan translation of the German Ohrwurm, is a term for a portion of a song or other musical material that becomes “stuck” in a person’s “head” or repeats against one’s will within one’s mind.

Anyway, song…stuck in my head…driving me crazy.

You ever notice that when a ditty does burrow itself into you psyche, it’s never something you actually like? Nothing like, Radio Head, Porcupine Tree or The White Stripes. It couldn’t possibly be anything as sophisticated as a Mozart concerto, or a cool Brazilian jazz groove. No, no, no, it’s usually something like “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”, by Wham, or “Oops! I Did It Again” by Britney Spears.


So, back to the song that’s stuck in my head. Have you heard it?

Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey 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.”

It’s an old timey song, that has no business in my head.

It was fun at first. Yes, at first. But now it’s driving me batty!

So, I figure the only way to exorcise this curse from my head is to draw it. Perhaps if I sketch it all out, it will exhaust itself and then toddle off and jump into someone else’s brain, where it belongs.

I’ll let you know how it goes.


17 Responses to “mairzy dotes”

  1. Vicki Says:

    Oh great! Now I’m singing it . . .

  2. froggie Says:

    HOLEY CATS AND DOGS, SKETCHIE! for the last 2 weeks, my hubbie and i have been watching both seasons of TWIN PEAKS, one of our xmas presents to each other. and if you knowwww the show, then you knowwwww WHO sings THAT song and dances like a madman (because he really is looney-tunes) and sings that awwwful creepy song! and that lil diddy has been running thru MY head all week! ohmygosh…ufos in texas, and now this. (someone hum the theme from xfiles…my mouth is still hanging open.) shhhuddderrr!!!

  3. empressnewclothes Says:

    πŸ™‚ Have never heard of Mairzy Doats, but I definitely get what you mean – about tune-in-the-head!

  4. bobo's slave Says:

    I can see your life is full with note! ^.^
    The Broadway dancers is so………..cute!

  5. sketched out Says:

    Froggie, Oh yeah!!!!!! Leland Palmer! I forgot about that. I absolutely adore Twin Peaks. Tom and I just watched both seasons, for the third time, a few months ago. I can imagine how freaky it must have been to see this post if that song was in your head all week.

    Doo doo doo doooo, doo doo doo dooooo (theme from Twilight Zone).

  6. sketched out Says:

    Helena and Bobo, thanks and you”re lucky you don’t know that song, heehee.

  7. sketched out Says:

    Sorry Vick, Hee hee!

    Had fun Monday, thanks!

  8. artseafartsea Says:

    Well I like and did like that song in the forties. So I am old! It is a cute little ditty and I didn’t think anyone under 60 knew the words let alone the tune. Anyhoo, the sketches are great as usual.

  9. sketch great, let me help you, the one in my head recently is ‘will you still need me, will you still feed me, when i’m 64’….which seemed so old to me when the beatles made it famous in 1967, now i’m nearly there…..try this one instead!!!

  10. sketched out Says:

    Mom, it is a cute little ditty, I agree. It just needs to stop playing over and over and over! It’s actually when I sing it out loud, unconsciously, that it really becomes a problem. Get some strange looks.

    Forever Young, thanks. That’s a great little song. I remember thinking that too, way back when. Oye.

    Oh….there, you see, now that one is stuck.

  11. eli Says:

    Are them there oats fermented? Looks like a good time.

  12. Ratlion Says:

    Lol. Have never heard of it, but sounds like a fun song! πŸ˜€ (Having said that, I’m sometimes the kind of person who gives in to the piece of song stuck in her head, and goes about screaming it out loud in different voices and tunes as per the mood of the hour πŸ˜€ :D)
    P.S.: Are you drawing every second of everyday? You’re giving me a complex! πŸ˜€ (Loving it though!)

  13. Stephanie Says:

    Great, now I have that song stuck in my head too!

    Sometimes I find the best solution is to get it stuck in someone else’s head… when I hear them humming it under their breath it’s like it was exorcised from my own skull, lol

    Love the look on the kid’s face. πŸ™‚

  14. studio lolo Says:

    Excellent drawing…but, DAMN YOU!!!!!!!!

  15. Hmm…. thanks for sharing? No…. no one wants a worm thingy bouncing around in their brain!
    Nice drawing though!:)

  16. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of a song stuck in your head is to have it bounced by something else equally insipid. Thank you for getting Small Town Girl by Journey out of my head, and replacing it with Mairzy Doats. Care to trade? Streetlights, people, living just to find emotion, hiding, somewhere in the niiiiiight…

  17. Linda Says:

    my mom used to sing this song to me when i was a kid (i am 33 now so go figure out how long ago it was !) i managed to see a tv show of a performance by the late great humphrey lyttleton and his jazz band a couple of weeks ago and i finally found out the proper title of the song !
    i always thought it was mares eat oats and does ( as in female deers ) eat oats and little lambs eat ivy , a kid’ll eat ivy too ( kid as in young goat . i just could’nt imagine a young human child eating ivy !) etc
    thanks for outting in the proer words for me .

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