(Swedish folk song, Florence Hoare, 1911)

1. I know a jolly farmer so ruddy and trim,
Whatever may be the weather ’tis splendid to him,
Come sunshine or rain it is certain to please.
What’s bad for the hay is just right for the peas.

2. He sows in such good humor he reaps only smiles,
With song so light and merry the hour he beguiles,
And since all the lads would keep time to his tune,
When there’s work to be done it gets done pretty soon.

3. Though light may be his pockets his heart’s lighter still,
Though ill may be his fortune his mood is ne’er ill,
The weather of life beats upon him in vain,
He will smile to the last be it sunshine or rain.

See also

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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