This Is The Way The Ladies Ride

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This is the way the ladies ride,
Tri, tre, tre, tree,
Tri, tre, tre, tree!
This is the way the ladies ride,
Tri, tre, tre, tre, tri-tre-tre-tree!

This is the way the gentlemen ride,
Gallop-a-trot,
Gallop-a-trot!
This is the way the gentlemen ride,
Gallop-a-gallop-a-trot!

This is the way the farmers ride,
Hobbledy-hoy,
Hobbledy-hoy!
This is the way the farmers ride,
Hobbledy-hobbledy-hoy!

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Little is known about the song "This Is The Way The Ladies Ride", the first version found in print was from 1912"s "Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17), Fun and Thought for Little Folk".

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Five different riders in this song

This is the way the ladies ride,
Nim, nim, nim, nim.

This is the way the gentlemen ride,
Trim, trim, trim, trim.

This is the way the farmers ride,
Trot, trot, trot, trot,.

This is the way the huntsmen ride,
A-gallup, a-gallup, a-gallup, a-gallup.

This is the way the ploughboys ride,
Hobble-dy-gee, hobble-dy-gee.

And another version with more riders to sing about

This is the way the ladies ride
Ladies ride, ladies ride.
This is the way the ladies ride,
Nimberley, Nimberley, Nimb

This is the way the gentlemen ride
Gentlemen ride, gentlemen ride
This is the way the gentlemen ride
Trimbley, Trimbley, trim

This is the way the farmers ride
Farmers ride, farmers ride
This is the way the farmers ride
Trot, trot, trot

This is the way the huntsmen ride
Huntsmen ride, huntsmen ride
This is the way the huntsmen ride
A-gallup, a-gallup, a-gallup

This is the way the ploughboys ride
Ploughboys ride, ploughboys ride
This is the way the ploughboys ride
Hobble-dy, hobble-dy-gee.

This is the way the babies ride
Babies ride, babies ride
This is the way the babies ride
Jiggety, jiggety, jog!

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Jay, United States

20 February 2013 at 7:52pm

It's funny to hear so many different versions of this. The one I always heard included a last verse with perhaps a bit of social commentary: "And John the man, he was so fine He stayed behind, to drink the wine And down in the ditch he went!" With the last line, the parent opens their lap a bit, so their child drops down a little to simulate the fall--all to much laughter and delight on the part of the child.

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Anon, United States

13 January 2012 at 7:10am

I was under the impression that it was of English orgin... At least, my grandfather (who emmigrated from England) used to do this all the time with me when I was young.

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Sylvia, Canada

20 August 2011 at 2:52pm

Its possible that this song has a German language origin. My assorted relatives loved to play it because it ended with the child being (more gently when they were younger) dropped to the floor. The words were So reiten die Damen So reiten die Herren So stuckert der Bauer So stuckert der Bauer Durch das Gras. There was no music, as it was mostly for the rhythm. The actions were, like in the video, a gentle bouncing of the knees on the first line, a more vigorous motion on the second, and then a random, jouncing movement through the next two, ending with a fall to the ground on the last line. You can see why it might have been changed somewhat for today's children. A rough translation is This is how Ladies ride This is how Gentlemen ride This is how the farmer bumps (repeat) through the grass. I think that the bumping through the field refers to plowing when you are first breaking ground. Anyone have insights?

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