"The Lonely Goatherd" is a song featured in the 1965 film The Sound of Music sung by Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp and the children. Composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II, the song is well known for its examples of yodeling, a part of the traditional music of the Austrian Alps, where the film is set. This song has puppetry by Bil Baird in the marionette.

Lyrics

Maria:
High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Folks in a town that was quite remote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Lusty and clear from the goatherd's throat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oothe
 
Children:
O ho lay dee odl lee o, o ho lay dee odl ay
O ho lay dee odl lee o, lay dee odl lee o lay

Maria:
A prince on the bridge of a castle moat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo

Kurt:
Men on a road with a load to tote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oothe

Children:
Men in the midst of a table d'hote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo

Maria:
Men drinking beer with the foam afloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo

Brigitta:
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Maria:
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
What a duet for a girl and goatherd

Maria and the Children:
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Brigitta:
One little girl in a pale pink coat heard

Maria:
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hoo hoo

Gretel:
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd

Maria:
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hmm hmm
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Maria and the Children:
Happy are they lay dee olay dee lee o

Maria:
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Maria and the Children:
Odl lay ee, old lay ee
Odl lay hee hee, odl lay ee
Odl lay odl lay, odl lay odl lee, odl lay odl lee
Odl lay odl lay odl lay

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