Words: Oscar Hammerstein; Music: Richard Rodgers (1959)

Lyrics

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with strings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
Door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles,
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
Silver white winters that melt into Springs,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Background

“My Favorite Things” is a song from the musical, and later movie-musical, The Sound of Music. The lyrics refer to things Maria loves, such as “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” These things are what she likes to fill her mind with when times are bad.

The original Broadway musical places this song in the Mother Abbess’s office, just before she sends Maria to serve Captain von Trapp’s family as governess to his seven children. However, in the movie-musical this song was repositioned so that Maria would sing it with the children during the thunderstorm scene in her bedroom, replacing “The Lonely Goatherd,” which had originally been sung at this point.

Performances

Here is a recording by Julie Andrews, from the 1965 movie version:

Here is an original cast recording of the song, featuring Mary Martin and Patricia Neway: