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Over the years the musical version of the song has evolved a bit, with the original Mason tune being adapted to many other childrens songs such as Merrily We Roll Along.  Both songs share the same basic tune and style yet tell completely different stories.  The song is also one of the first songs learned by most new musicians, due to its simplicity and ease by which it is learned on almost any instrument.  Most beginning instrument texts include Mary Had A Little Lamb or Merrily We Roll Along as one of their first song selections.

Free Sheet Music For Mary Had A Little Lamb

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Lyrics To Mary Had A Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
whose fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
and everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day
school one day, school one day,
It followed her to school one day,
which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play,
laugh and play, laugh and play,
it made the children laugh and play
to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
but still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
patiently about, patiently about,
And waited patiently about
till Mary did appear.

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
"Why does the lamb love Mary so,"
the eager children cry.
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
The lamb, you know, the lamb, you know,
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
the teacher did reply.

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