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Thread #11034   Message #3609406
Posted By: GUEST,Perstephane
13-Mar-14 - 11:51 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: One Two Three O'Lairy (Count Basie, 1940)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Two Three O'Lairy (Count Basie, 1940)
My grandmother taught us:

"1, 2, 3 O'Lairy
My first name is Mary
My second name is Anna and
That's how you spell Mary Anna

1, 2, 3, O'Lairy
I spy mistress fairy
Sitting on a huckleberry
Reading the dictionary"

I don't actually remember if it was her who taught us the second verse, but that just came back to me as I was typing.

I always heard it as "alairy", but that's how she did it, always while bouncing her leg over the ball. We were actually just talking about it the other day.