Mairzy Doats (John)

Letter transcription:

Kentland, Indiana
Jan. 22, 1944

Dear Daddy,

I have not yet used all the money that you sent me for Christmas. With the stamps I had and with the money I got for Christmas I lack just a dime of having enough to by a bond so that’s what I’m going to use the money you sent me for.

I got exempted in all my exams but Mr. Schurtter made everybody take his exam any [way]. It was in arithmetic. Arithmetic is my favorite subject. We have had some algebra and geometry in our studies. These are what I liked best.

About that song, “Maredoats and doesedoats.” I don’t understand why you can’t understand it. All you do is say “Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, A kid will eat ivy, too, Wouldn’t you?” but you just sluss the words together and it’ll sound like “littlelams edivy a kidill edivy too, etc.” The song says, If the words seem funny, kinda jumbled and corny, say, “Mares eat oats and does eat oats” kinda H.V. Katlenborny. I guess I’ve written a lot of nothing but I want to thank you for the money

[page 2] you sent me.
Love John

P.S. By next Tuesday I’ve got to have a report on some kind of animal such as skunk or weasel. By next Wednesday I have got to have a book read and have a two page review on it, this is Saturday, and less than two weeks from now I have to have an essay written on “Pioneer Pattern for the nation of tomorrow.” I just wanted you to know I was busy

Again, John

[Editor’s note: A further explanation of the song Mairzy Doats can be found on wikipedia. In January 1944, the song was about it reach its height in popularity.]

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1 thought on “Mairzy Doats (John)

  1. davidmadison1942

    How about that, trying to explain the song lyrics!

    I remember the voice of H. V. Kaltenborn, a radio announcer. He is famous for a famous gaff. On election night in 1948, early returns showed Dewey leading Truman, and Kaltenborn expressed his confidence, that, “when the complete returns are in” Dewey would be the winner. Truman later mocked him, by imitating his voice making that prediction. Dewey was widely expected to win, because opinion polls had not been taken during October; September polls had shown Dewey being favored. Go to the 34 second mark!

    “By next Wednesday I have got to have a book read…” Hmmmm….some of the same genes that got scattered in Elk Grove!

    “I just wanted you to know I was busy” 🙂 🙂 🙂


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