How To Play Mary Had A Little Lamb On Ukulele In 2 Easy Chords!

The story of the song “Mary Had A Little Lamb”

The nursery rhyme, which was first revealed in 1830, is based on an actual incident involving Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, a girl born in 1806 on a farm in Sterling, Mass. Here is a short story about the song and a guide on how to play Mary had a little lamb on ukulele.

the birthplace of mary sawyer and the little lamb - how to play mary had a little lamb on ukulele

In 1815, Mary, then nine, was helping her father with farm chores when they found a sickly newborn lamb in the sheep pen that had been abandoned by its mother.

After a lot of pleading, Mary was allowed to keep the animal, although her father didn’t hold out a lot of hope for its survival. Against the chances, Mary managed to nurse the lamb back to health.

“In the morning, much to my girlish delight, it could stand; and from that point, it improved rapidly.“

It soon learned to drink milk; and from the time it would walkabout, it would follow me anyplace if I only called it,” Mary would later write in the 1880s, many decades after the incident. And, yes, the lamb would indeed follow her wherever she went and did have fleece as white as snow.

Sometime later, it’s uncertain exactly when Mary was heading to school together with her brother when the lamb began following them. The siblings apparently weren’t trying very hard to stop the lamb from tagging along, even hauling it over a big stone fence they needed to cross to get to Redstone School, the one-room schoolhouse they attended.

Once there, Mary secreted her pet under her desk and covered her with a blanket. But when Mary was called to the front of the class to recite her lessons, the lamb popped out of its hiding place and, much to Mary’s chagrin and to the merriment of her classmates, came loping up the aisle after her.

The lamb was shooed out, and it then waited outside until Mary took her home during lunch. The next day, John Roulstone, a student a year or two older, handed Mary a piece of paper with a poem he’d written about the previous day’s events.

Today we are going to learn how to play “Mary had a little lamb” on Ukulele in 2 easy chords!

How to play Mary Had a Little Lamb on Ukulele

Playing the Chords

In this song, we have only 2 chords – F and C7, and simple strumming which is made mostly for beginners.

F chord and finger position
C7 chord and fingers position

Strumming Pattern

For simple playing and especially for beginners on the ukulele, this is one of the easiest strumming patterns that go down only. In case you are searching for some advanced lessons you can check some of our other guides.

strumming pattern

“Mary Had A Little Lamb” Ukulele Chords, Structure, and Lyrics

Mary had a little lamb,

Little lamb, little lamb,

Mary had a little lamb,

Its fleece was white as snow

Everywhere that Mary went,

Mary went, Mary went,

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.”

Loves the lamb you know, loves the lamb you know

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”

The teacher did reply

Watch: How to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on Ukulele!


Singing nursery rhymes to young children is a wonderful way for a parent to bond with a child and can be nice for those learning how to play this musical instrument.

We are not saying you need a ukulele to do so (that’s part of the beauty of the nursery rhyme, anybody can sing them) however, if you already have a ukulele and you are starting to play it – then why not?

We hope you will learn this 2 chords song really fast and you will have a great time playing it with your friends and family.

If you are looking for more lessons, we suggest you check “Lemonade”, “How To Play Can’t Help Falling In Love On Ukulele”, “How To Play Counting Stars On Ukulele”, or “How to Play Stairway to Heaven on Ukulele”.

Happy Strumming!

Felix Sanchez

Felix Sanchez

Felix Sanchez specializes in string instruments and their use in contemporary music. Felix is passionate about music and has studied and played a variety of string instruments including guitars, ukuleles, and cellos.

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