Lyrics

1. The farmer in the dell, the farmer in the dell,
Heigh ho! the Derry O! The farmer in the dell.

2. The farmer takes the wife…
3. The wife takes the child…
4. The child takes the nurse…
5. The nurse takes the dog…
6. The dog takes the cat…
7. The cat takes the rat…
8. The rat takes the cheese…
9. The cheese stands alone…

Game

Students in a circle with a student in the center as the “farmer.”
Verse 1 – Students walk around farmer in the circle.
Verses 2-8 – Student chooses another student as “wife.”
“Wife” chooses another student as “child…”
Verse 9 – The last student: “cheese” stands alone; other students go back to the circle.

Song in D for Partner Songs

Links

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  • PDF includes:
    • Song with chords in 2 keys
    • Easy accompaniment
  • MIDI file
  • MP3