Mares eat oats and does eat oats,
And little lambs eat ivy,
A kid will eat ivy too,
Wouldn't you ?
This song was created in Al Trace's 1943 record. One of the writers, Milton Drake, had been familiar with the expression "mares eat oats, does eat oats," from a extremely old childhood nursery school rhyme. The three writers after that got together and came up with a melody for the nursery rhyme. Even as they tried to bring out the song, no one would take it since it sounded so ridiculous. After a year, the writers gave Al Trace, a bandleader of "Silly Symphonists," a shot. He liked the song and finished it. After it was created it became a enormous hit. Even the American troops sang it in World War II marching off ships at overseas ports. Soldiers also used the words as passwords. It was after that spread around the earth. After numerous years it was also used in cinema and TV shows, including the initial episode in series two of Twin Peaks.