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Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me! has been a popular song since, at least, the 1860s. Today, it is commonly sung by children, and has been recorded on many children’s records, including Disney Children’s Favorites 3, performed by Larry Groce and the Disneyland Children’s Sing-Along Chorus.

It has been recorded that the song was written by Billy Reeves (words) and Frank Campbell (music), and sung by Bryant’s Minstrels in 1869. It is also recorded that the song, with words by Billy Reeves, was sung by Cool Burgess that same year. [1]

The song remained popular over the decades, and was commonly sung by soldiers during the Spanish-American War of 1898, when flies and the yellow fever mosquito were a serious enemy. In the soldier’s version, after singing the famous Shoo fly, don’t bother me three times, the soldier would then sing For I belong to company G. [1]


The lyrics are public domain[2]

Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
For I belong to somebody.

I feel, I feel,
I feel like a morning star,
I feel, I feel,
I feel like a morning star.


  1. ^ a b Eric Partridge and Paul Beale, A Dictionary of Catch Phrases: British and American, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day, pp. 408-409. Published by Routledge, 1986, SBN 041505916X, 9780415059169.
  2. ^


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