A Farmer Went Trotting (Upon His Gray Mare) lyrics


Traditionally considered a bad omen and symbolizing bad fortune, there is a raven appearing in this nursery rhyme. Ravens were often mentioned in myths and legends of ancient civilizations and they used to be symbols of the underworld. The croaking of a raven is used as the bringing of bad news in the rhyme, as a farmer and his daughter ride their mare, but can’t make it to their destination when the horse breaks her knees.


“A Farmer Went Trotting (Upon His Gray Mare)” lyrics

1. A farmer went trotting upon his grey mare,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
With his daughter behind so rosy and fair,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!

2. A raven cried, Croak! and they all tumbled down,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
The mare broke her knees and the farmer his crown,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!

3. The mischievous raven flew laughing away,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
And vowed he would serve them the same the next day,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!


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