Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow – lyrics

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The tune of the song seems to be composed by John Playford (1623–1686/7) and appears in Joshua Cushing’s book “The Fifer’s Companion” (1790).

“Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow” is a singing game where children follow the text with moves in order to learn the seeding process.


 

 

Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow” lyrics

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Can you or I or anyone know
How oats, peas, beans, and barley grow?

1. First the farmer sows his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow…

2. Next the farmer waters the seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow…

3. Next the farmer hoes the weeds,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow…

4. Last the farmer harvests his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow…


 

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