Dear little dolly

by Beth
(Peoria Arizona USA)

I have a dear little dolly she has eyes of bright blue.

My mother just passed away and I have a new grand baby and would like to sing this song to him the way my mother sang it to me. Can anyone help?

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Nov 13, 2016
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Brown eyed girls NEW
by: Anonymous

My grandma would sing this to us but we all have brown eyes so the line would go she had eyes of bright brown, she can open and shut them then we go into town.
In the morning I dress her and we go out to play but I like best to kiss her (then she smooches you) at the end of the day

I think I prefer the kiss version to the rocking version

Oct 24, 2016
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Found a recording of my mom singing this in 1940 NEW
by: Scott

I just found an old homemade Philco recording my mom singing "Dear Little Dolly" around 1940.

Oct 18, 2016
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I love this NEW
by: Anonymous

My mother sang this song to me when I was sick. Now when I'm down or not feeling well I catch myself softly singing this song to myself.

I have a dear little dolly
And her eyes are bright blue
She can open and shut them
And she smiles at me too
In the morning I dress her
Then we go out to play
But I like best to rock her
At the close of the day

Feb 26, 2016
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dear little dolly NEW
by: Anonymous

I learned it like this...I have a dear little dolly and her eyes are bright blue. She can open and shut them and she smiles at me too. In the morning I dress her and we go out to play. But the best thing is to rock her at the end of the day. I change it to a boy sometimes. My children love this song!

Feb 28, 2015
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Dear little dolly
by: Kathleen

On my Mom's deathbed a year ago my dsu g her and I recalled how she sang and taught us that song....we started singing it and she joined in...I'll never forget that moment.

Feb 09, 2015
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Try this!
by: Ethel Bunker's granddaughter

Did you know you can find this on YouTube? I entered 'I Have a Dear Dolly", which is how I was taught, and there was a video of a lovely grandma playing this on the piano and singing. It was precious. If you can't find it try "I've a Dear Little Dolly" and it should pop up.

I love that you love this beloved little song.

Feb 09, 2015
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Kindergarten Song, 1919-1970
by: Anonymous

The words as I learned them in Kindergarten:

I've a dear little dolly.
She has eyes of bright blue.
She can open and shut them
And she smiles at me, too!

In the morning we wake up
And we go out to play --
But I most like to rock her
At the end of the day.

That was in 1970 or 1971. One day, my grandpa asked me whether I'd been learning any songs at school, so I sang this one. He was shocked and told me that he had learned the same song when HE was in Kindergarten in 1919 or 1920.


Aug 02, 2014
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This is wonderful!
by: Anonymous

Isn't that funny, I use brown eyes sometimes too,so the brown eyed kids can relate. And sometimes I make the dolly a boy.

I follow this song up with "Pony Boy" which you can find on You Tube. It's another Oldie my whole preschool group of 3's and 4's likes at naptime. They like Uncle Wiggily stories too, by the way.

I'm so thrilled these innocent old sons and stories are still enjoyed.

Aug 02, 2014
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Third generation!
by: Anonymous

I sang this to my granddaughter last night! My mother sang this to me, I sang it to my children and now it is being sung to my grandaughters. The lyrics I learned are:

I've a dear little dolly
She has eyes of bright blue.
And she opens and shuts them
And she smiles at me too.
In the morning I dress her
And we go out to play
But the most that I love her
Is the close of the day!

Thank you for the variation on brown eyes, as one of my granddaughters has brown eyes and now I can make the song fit her!

Jun 11, 2014
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Dear Dolly is still loved by children.
by: Anonymous

I learned that song from my Nana in the 1950's. I sing it every day to my preschool class before naptime and they adore it. Their families say they sing it at home. It brings tears to my eyes to hear that other people learned Dear Dolly in their childhood, it reminds me so much of my Nana!

May 29, 2014
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I have a dear dolly too!
by: Char

My sister's and I learned this from our Aunt Georgie and her version was:
I have a dear little dolly and her eyes are bright blue, she opens and shuts them and she smiles at me too!
In the morning I dress her and we go out to play, in the evening I rock her at the close of the day.
This was followed by a verse of:
Fa la la la la la la, fa la la la la la, fa la la la la la la, fa la la la la la.
Then we learned another song with the same tune like this: Autumn leave now are falling see them fluttering down, autumn leaves are now are falling red and yellow and brown.
So we would sing it in rounds each singing a different verse and usually very loud so we could stay on the right words, all while riding in the car!! We sang a lot in the car!!

Apr 01, 2014
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Passed down for five generations
by: Anonymous

My great grandma used to sing this to my grandma and my grandma to my mom and my mom to me and me to my daughter.
I have a sweet little dolly and her eyes are bright blue,
She can open and shut them and she smile at you too.
In the morning I wake her and we go out to play,
But what I like best is to rock her at the end of the day.

Jan 04, 2014
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Dolly lullaby
by: Anonymous

My mother sang this and many others to me 50 years ago and I loved it so.Her version to me did say in the morning I wake her rather than dress her but other than that the same.
She also did a variation for my brother. it was:
I've a dear little doggy who has eyes of dark brown. He can open and shut them but he never frowns. In the morning I wake him and we go out to play, but I like best to rock him at the close of the day. He still has that dog 50 years later and his wife has her duck from childhood. They have 2 grown sons and both are college educated and still hold those fond memories.


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Dec 30, 2013
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5 generations
by: Anonymous

I was just singing this to our granddaughter tonight and thought I would look it up to see if there is information on the origin. This is being sung to the fifth generation that I know about.


I've a dear little dolly and her eyes are bright blue.
She can open and shut them and smiles at me too.
In the morning, I dress her and we go out to play.
But I like best to rock her at the close of the day.


Nov 12, 2013
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Dear Little Dolly
by: Anonymous

My great grandmother (born 1896) used to sing this to me when I was young! I thought she made it up! At least 5 generations know this tune.

Oct 17, 2013
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I've a Dear Little Dolly
by: Anonymous

This song has been passed down for five generations as far back as I remember. The words as I remember them are:

I've a dear little dolly with eyes of bright blue.
She can open and shut them and smiles at me too.
In the morning, I dress her and we go out to play.
But I like best to rock her at the close of the day.

Note: I've see lyrics that vary slightly. In the morning I "wake" her rather than "dress" her.

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