Mary had a little lamb,
little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb, its 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.
There are two rival theories on the source of this poem. One holds that Roulstone wrote the initial twelve lines and that the last twelve lines, additional moralistic and a great deal less childlike than the initial, were composed by Sarah Hale; the further is that Hale was accountable for the complete poem. Thomas Edison recited the primary verse of this rhyme to check his development of the gramophone in 1877, making this the original audio soundtrack to be effectively completed and played back. In 1923, Henry Ford moved a structure to the grounds of the Wayside Inn from Sterling, Massachusetts, which he thought was the first schoolhouse mentioned in this poem. Paul McCartney and Wings released a account of the song, with a new tune by McCartney, as a solo in 1972. Nu-Metal band KoRn too incorporated a element of this poem in their song Shoots and Ladders. In their live shows, they frequently put together the element of the song which contains this rhyme with Metallica's One's crescendo. Blues singer Buddy Guy shared it with essentials from additional nursery school rhymes. This account of the song was afterward covered by fellow bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan.
As a girl, Mary Sawyer (afterward Mrs. Mary Tyler) kept a pet lamb, which she took to school one day at the proposition of her brother. A tumult of course ensued. Mary recalled: "Visiting school that morning was a young man by the name of John Roulstone, a nephew of the Reverend Lemuel Capen, who was then settled in Sterling. It was the custom then for students to prepare for college with ministers, and for this purpose Mr. Roulstone was studying with his uncle. The young man was very much pleased with the incident of the lamb; and the next day he rode across the fields on horseback to the little old schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem”.