Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow

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Information About Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow

The song "Oats peas beans and Barley Grow" is an old traditional British folk song with obvious connection to the farming community; believed to date as far back as the year 1380. The tune most commonly applied to this rhyme is that of "Baltimore" and was recorded in 1790 in "The Fifer's Companion" a book by Joshua Cushing.

This is a play song according to Alice Bertha Gomme's 1894 book "The Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland", in which children perform actions with the song while standing in a ring.

The song was recorded in 1980 by" Raffi on his album Baby Beluga as "Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley".

Video by Russ Clayton.

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Stephen, Seattle, WA

26 November 2014 at 3:50pm

I remember singing this song in music class when I was a little raisin.

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Larry, United States

4 September 2014 at 5:40pm

My wife called and told me of her 99 year old friend who had the first line running through her head and wanted to know more about it. This is the first I ever knew of it. I had to research to find a set of lyrics and this website provided the melody. Why have I not heard of it before? This song is delightful.

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Kathryn N, Australia

17 March 2014 at 3:56am

My Kinder class is investigating "Where food comes from." This sweet old fashioned song is the perfect way for my class to learn and remember.

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Emily, Canada

1 March 2012 at 8:37pm

I am doing this song in grade 5 for a playing test on the recorder. but i do not know what holes to cover and when and what order i know the first bar and not the second (and on my sheet it says you and i will never know instead of do you or i or anyone know)

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Christi, United States

27 December 2011 at 1:26am

Loved this site. I am teaching three year olds and this was perfect! Thank-you!

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Vcjdf, France

12 August 2010 at 4:29pm

good song and vidio

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Emmie, Japan

24 May 2009 at 7:16am

BEANS BEANS THE MAGICAL FRUIT! lol this is funny! i remember singing oats peas beans and barley grow! :D

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Carol, Calgary, Ab

5 February 2009 at 6:46pm

A friend asked if I remembered this from our childhood. I didn't, but we both think it's amazing that oats, peas beans & barly give one all the right proteins necessary for good health! Do you suppose the author knew? Thanks for the vocal rendition!

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.