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The Farmer in the Dell

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The Farmer in the Dell

Traditional Version Written By: Unknown Copyright Unknown
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 cow The nurse takes a cow Hi-ho,The derry-o The nurse takes a cow The cow takes a dog The cow takes a dog Hi-ho,The derry-o The cow 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
Circle Game: Ten children (or more) join hands and dance around the FARMER, who stands in the center of the circle as they sing. At the end of the first verse,the FARMER chooses his WIFE, who joins him inside the circle. At the end of the next verse, the WIFE takes a C HILD, and so on, until the last verse when everyone is in the circle except the CHEESE, who stands alone. Whoever ends up being the CHEESE becomes the FARMER for the next round.






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