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Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Source:
Leon and Lynn Dallin
Heritage Songster
Dubuque, Ia; W.C. Brown, 1966

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Introduction:

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Old

With a

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Mac - Don - ald

on

this

farm

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1. And

had

a

he

had

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chick - chick here, and a

farm,

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chick - chick there,

Old

Mac - Don - ald

had


a

farm,

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I

some chicks,

Refrain:

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ev' - ry - where a chick - chick,


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Here a chick, there a chick,

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O!

2. And on this farm he had some ducks...
With a quack-quack here, and a quack-quack there,
Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack-quack,
Chick-chick here, and a chick-chick there,
Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick-chick,
(Refrain)
This song can be continued with as many animals and their noises that you can think of, or until you drop from exhaustion.
3. And on this farm he had some geese...
With a honk-honk here...
4. And on this farm he had some turkeys...
With a gobble-gobble here...
5. pigs... oink-oink
6. sheep... baa-baa
7. cows... moo-moo
8. horses... neigh-neigh
9. a dog...
With a bow-wow here, and a bow-wow there,
Here a bow, there a wow, everywhere a bow-wow,
Background Information
This song's roots go back at least to the early 18th century, when a song called "A Charming Country Life" appeared in
Thomas d'Urfey's 1706 ballad-opera The Kingdom of the Birds. The catalog of animals kept on the farm in this song includes
the text, for example, for the ducks: "quacking here, quacking there, here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack."
Various versions of the song have appeared in the 300 years since. The "E-I-E-I-O" refrain probably comes from a version
which begins: "Old Macdougal had a farm in Oh-i-o-i-o." For a history of the song, see Vic Gammon,
"Farmyard Cacophonies: Three Centuries of a Popular Song," Folk Music Journal Vol. II, No. 1, pp. 42-72.
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