OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM

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  • OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM
    “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” is a children’s song about a farmer named MacDonald (or
    McDonald) and the various animals he keeps on his farm. Each verse of the song changes
    the name of the animal and its respective noise. In many versions, the song is cumulative,
    with the noises from all the earlier verses added to each subsequent verse.
    The oldest version listed in “The Traditional Ballad Index” is the Sam Patterson Trio‘s
    “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” released on the Edison label in 1925. This was followed
    by a version by Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers, “Old McDonald Had a Farm”) and
    “McDonald’s Farm” by Warren Caplinger‘s Cumberland Mountain Entertainers. In 1954,
    the composition was arranged for accordion sextet and recorded for RCA Thesaurus
    transcriptions by John Serry, Sr. in the United States. Sophie EllisBextor has performed a
    short excerpt of the song acoustically, live. Other popular versions are by Nat King Cole,
    Ella Fitzgerald, Flatt & Scruggs, The Three Stooges, Sesame Street cast, and Gene Autry.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
    And on his farm he had some chicks, E I E I O.
    With a chick chick here and a chick chick there,
    Here a chick, there a chick, ev’rywhere a chick chick.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
    And on his farm he had a cow, E I E I O.
    With a moo moo here and a moo moo there,
    Here a moo, there a moo, ev’rywhere a moo moo.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
    And on his farm he had a pig, E I E I O.
    With an oink oink here and an oink oink there,
    Here an oink, there an oink, ev’rywhere an oink oink.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
    And on his farm he had some geese, E I E I O.
    With a honk honk here and a honk honk there,
    Here a honk, there a honk, ev’rywhere a honk honk.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
    And on his farm he had a horse, E I E I O.
    With a neh neh here and a neh neh there,
    Here a neh, there a neh, ev’rywhere a neh neh.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
    And on his farm he had a mule, E I E I O.
    With a hee haw here and a hee haw there,
     Here a hee, there a hee, ev’rywhere a hee haw.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
    And on his farm he had a duck, E I E I O.
    With a quack quack here and a quack quack there,
    Here a quack, there a quack, ev’rywhere a quack quack.
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.