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.