"Mary Had a Little Jam"


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Herry had a little monster lamb

Herry has a little monster lamb.

Mary Had a Little Lamb is a nursery rhyme first published in 1830.

The poem was inspired by an actual pet lamb belonging to Mary Sawyer. At the encouragement of her brother, the young Mary brought her lamb to school one day, resulting in the poem still recited by children generations later.

The poem, and the character, have had numerous appearances and mentions in Muppet productions over the years.


  • The Sesame Street recurring segment "Murray Has a Little Lamb", is a play on the famed nursery rhyme, and features a rap/salsa variation of the classic song.
  • In a Sesame Street News Flash segment, Don Music is trying to compose "Mary Had a Little Lamb," but he can't find a rhyme for "snow." Kermit suggests he try a new angle and the result is "Mary Had a Bicycle". And in another News Flash segment, Kermit interviews Mary and her lamb, which follows Kermit home.
  • In the News Flash segment "Cookie Red Riding Hood", the doorbell to Red Riding Hood's Grandmother plays "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
  • In yet another New Flash segment, Kermit encounters a distressed Little Bo Peep, whose sheep is missing. One of the sheep they interview claims to be Mary's little lamb.

Appearances as a Character

  • In a Episode 4117, from the same season, Big Bird and the Birdketeers welcome Mary (performed by Brill again) and her little lamb to their nest. However, since Elmo has changed his name to Jelmo for the day, the group decide to change Mary's nursery rhyme to "Jenny Had a Little Jam" for the day.


Song Performances

  • Another Sesame Street segment features a string quartet tuning up before it plays "Mary Had a Little Lamb."(First: Episode 3744)
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