“Mary Had a William Goat”


"Mary had a William goat, William goat, William goat, Mary had a William goat, Its stomach lined with zinc." "One day it ate an oyster can... And a clothesline full of shirts." "The shirts can do no harm inside... But the oyster can."

Cross references


  1. Sandburg, pp. 336-337, "Mary Had a William Goat" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. Peacock, p. 19, "Mary Had a William Goat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #4567
  4. BI, San336


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Found in: US Canada(Newf)