The Farmer in the Dell

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The farmer in the dell,
The farmer in the dell,
Heigh-ho, the derry-o,
The farmer in the dell.

The farmer takes a wife,
The farmer takes a wife,
Heigh-ho, the derry-o,
The farmer takes a wife.

The wife takes a child,
The wife takes a child,
Heigh-ho, the derry-o,
The wife takes a child.

The child takes a nurse,
The child takes a nurse,
Heigh-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,
Heigh-ho, the derry-o,
The dog takes a cat.

The cat takes a rat,
The cat takes a rat,
Heigh-ho, the derry-o,
The cat takes a rat.

The rat takes the cheese,
The rat takes the cheese,
Heigh-ho, the derry-o,
The rat takes the cheese.

The cheese stands alone,
The cheese stands alone,
Heigh-ho, the derry-o,
The cheese stands alone.

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Information About The Farmer in the Dell

"The Farmer in the Dell" is also known as "The Farmer's In His Den". This song can be termed both a nursery rhyme or a children's game. Originating possibly in Germany and taken to North America by immigrants the song tells the story of a farmer in a dell who takes a wife, who takes a child, who takes a nurse, etc, until finally a rat takes a cheese, and the cheese "stands alone".

The nursery rhyme is sung while playing the game; about ten children hold hands together and dance around the farmer, the farmer stands in the middle of the circle while the kids sing. When the first verse comes to an end, the farmer will chose a wife and the wife stands with him inside the circle. At the end of second verse, the wife picks her child, and so on, this goes on and on until everyone is in the circle except for the cheese, who stands alone. Whoever ends up being the cheese becomes the farmer for the next round.

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Molly, United States

13 January 2013 at 2:42am

One day at school Ryan was singing this song at our lockers and we're in sixth grade!

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Sandy, United States

18 January 2012 at 2:15am

I remember this song, but at the end we had 1 more verse. After we would sing "The cheese stands alone" , we would sing, " And we all take a bite, We all take a bite, Heigh-ho, the derry-o, we all take a bite."

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Laela, United States

29 July 2011 at 7:12pm

my friend brandon has this book and it is so awsome i luv this song very much!

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Mia, United Kingdom

26 December 2010 at 9:36pm

I used to sing this at rainbows

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Lisa, Belarus

19 December 2010 at 9:53pm

i couldn't hear anything, but static

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Elijah, Chicago,usa

20 July 2010 at 5:55am

oh ish its Omar yo

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