The Farmer in the Dell

July 30, 2006 at 8:23 am 3 comments

This is a fun song for younger kids, and can be turned into a game for a group (see below).

The farmer in the dell
The farmer in the dell
Hi ho, the derry-o
The farmer in the dell

The farmer takes a wife
The farmer takes a wife
Hi ho, the derry-o
The farmer takes a wife

The wife takes a child
The wife takes a child
Hi ho, the derry-o
The wife takes a child

The child takes a nurse
The child takes a nurse
Hi ho, the derry-o
The child takes a nurse

The nurse takes a dog
The nurse takes a dog
Hi ho, the derry-o
The nurse takes a dog

The dog takes a cat
The dog takes a cat
Hi ho, the derry-o
The dog takes a cat

The cat takes a rat
The cat takes a rat
Hi ho, the derry-o
The cat takes a rat

The rat takes the cheese
The rat takes the cheese
Hi ho, the derry-o
The rat takes the cheese

The cheese stands alone
The cheese stands alone
Hi ho, the derry-o
The cheese stands alone

      
Here is a wonderful video of young Mckenzie performing The Farmer in the Dell, both in song and with sign language:

      

When we were kids, birthday parties were traditionally held either at the birthday kid’s house (normally outside in the yard, to keep from destroying Mom’s house) or at a local park.  There was always plenty of cake and Kool-Aid and fruit for snacks, and the fun was provided with games like tag, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and other old favorites.

One of the games we always loved was played with this song, The Farmer in the Dell.  All the kids would gather in a circle, holding hands.  The birthday kid stood in the center of the ring — the farmer.  As the first verse is sung, the “farmer” picks someone — the wife — from the ring to join him/her inside the circle.  During the next verse, the “wife” picks another kid to join them, and so on.  During the final verse, “the cheese stands alone,” everyone but the cheese falls to the ground.  Then to start the game again, everyone “in the dell” returns to the circle, leaving the “cheese” (the person selected last) alone in the middle to start as the “farmer.”

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sushila pereira  |  June 5, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    It is amazing how after about 45 years I heard someone in the company I work for sing this song and I said Oh my God, I used to sing this song in school. Even better is to find it on the internet. It was thrilling to actually find the words because I had forgotten them! I learned it in school in India. I went to a Railway school and we had a lot of Anglo Indian children.

    I hope to find some more old one.

    Thank you

    Sushila Pereira

    Reply
  • 2. Tami Pister  |  October 30, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    I work at a local high school and was asked to join in to dress
    like the farm in the dell. It was a lot of fun and brought back
    great memories. We sang it over the pa and the kids just
    laughed and laughed… Thanks for the words

    Reply
  • 3. Cheryl Kazan  |  October 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    We always used a verse before making the cheese stand alone. During it everyone patted the cheese as they sang, “We all pat the cheese, we all pat the cheese, Hi, ho the dairy O we all pat the cheese.

    Reply

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