''There was an old farmer who sat on a rock
Stroking his whiskers and shaking his fist at his neighbors who sat on their ricks
Teaching their children to play with their kite-strings and marbles in the old days of yore
Along came a lady who looked like a decent young lady and walked like a duck
Said she'd discovered a new way to bring up the children to sew and to knit
The boys in the stables were shoveling up contents of stables left after the hunt
The carman was feeling a nice piece of straw from the stables cleaning the walls
In came the dairymaid to play with his dog in the dairy where she did belong
If you think this is dirty well, you're F**kin' well wrong''
Saget fully admits that he didn't write this song but I'm glad he covered it. I like his version but there are many, many different versions. The one I learned and sing when I'm in the shower or drunk goes like this:
Thhhhhhhhhere was an old farmer who sat on his rick
Ranting and raving and waving his arms to the people who sat on the walls
Teaching their children to play with their kite-strings and bowstrings like in the old days of yore
When along came a lady who liked like a decent young lady who walked like a duck
Said she'd invented a new way to educate children to sew and to knit
While the servants in the barnyard were shoveling refuse from the barnyard from the back to the front
As the young maids in the tavern plucked hairs from their aprons and blouses just for their health
And if you want different lyrics, you can sing them yourselllllllf!!!
Hey, I like both ways but I'll still sing my version because I think the hair plucking part is the best. ...You tell me which one is better. Also, if you have a good site with any version of this song that you'd like to share or on its history, please comment and put it up. I love it, I'm pretty sure it's a public domain song. Also, though I might be wrong, I think it's called ''A clean English folk song.'' Anybody know?