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The Farmer's Boy by  Randolph Caldecott

The Farmer's Boy

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When I was a farmer, a Farmer's Boy,

I used to keep my master's HORSES,

With a GEE-WO here, and a GEE-WO there,

And here a GEE, and there a GEE,

And everywhere a GEE;


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Says I, "My pretty lass, will you come

To the banks of the Aire oh?"


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When I was a farmer, a Farmer's Boy,

I used to keep my master's LAMBS,

With a BAA-BAA here, and a BAA-BAA there,

And here a BAA, and there a BAA,

And everywhere a BAA;


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With a GEE-WO here, and a GEE-WO there,

And here a GEE, and there a GEE,

And everywhere a GEE;

Says I, "My pretty lass, will you come

To the banks of the Aire oh?"


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When I was a farmer, a Farmer's Boy,

I used to keep my master's HENS,

With a CHUCK-CHUCK here, and a CHUCK-CHUCK there,

And here a CHUCK, and there a CHUCK,

And everywhere a CHUCK;


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With a BAA-BAA here, and a BAA-BAA there,

And here a BAA, and there a BAA,

And everywhere a BAA;

With a GEE-WO here, and a GEE-WO there,

And here a GEE, and there a GEE,

And everywhere a GEE;

Says I, "My pretty lass, will you come

To the banks of the Aire oh?"


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When I was a farmer, a Farmer's Boy,

I used to keep my master's PIGS,

With a GRUNT-GRUNT here, and a GRUNT-GRUNT there,

And here a GRUNT, and there a GRUNT,

And everywhere a GRUNT;


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With a CHUCK-CHUCK here, and a CHUCK-CHUCK there,

And here a CHUCK, and there a CHUCK,

And everywhere a CHUCK;

With a BAA-BAA here, and a BAA-BAA there,

And here a BAA, and there a BAA,

And everywhere a BAA;

With a GEE-WO here, and a GEE-WO there,

And here a GEE, and there a GEE,

And everywhere a GEE;

Says I, "My pretty lass, will you come

To the banks of the Aire oh?"


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When I was a farmer, a Farmer's Boy,

I used to keep my master's DUCKS,

With a QUACK-QUACK here, and a QUACK-QUACK there,

And here a QUACK, and there a QUACK,

And everywhere a QUACK;


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With a GRUNT-GRUNT here, and a GRUNT-GRUNT there,

And here a GRUNT, and there a GRUNT,

And everywhere a GRUNT;

With a CHUCK-CHUCK here, and a CHUCK-CHUCK there,

And here a CHUCK, and there a CHUCK,

And everywhere a CHUCK;

With a BAA-BAA here, and a BAA-BAA there,

And here a BAA, and there a BAA,

And everywhere a BAA;

With a GEE-WO here, and a GEE-WO there,

And here a GEE, and there a GEE,

And everywhere a GEE;

Says I, "My pretty lass, will you come

To the banks of the Aire oh?"


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When I was a farmer, a Farmer's Boy,

I used to keep my master's DOGS,

With a BOW-BOW here, and a BOW-WOW there,

And here a BOW, and there a WOW,

And everywhere a WOW;


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With a QUACK-QUACK here, and a QUACK-QUACK there,

And here a QUACK, and there a QUACK,

And everywhere a QUACK;

With a GRUNT-GRUNT here, and a GRUNT-GRUNT there,

And here a GRUNT, and there a GRUNT,

And everywhere a GRUNT;

With a CHUCK-CHUCK here, and a CHUCK-CHUCK there,

And here a CHUCK, and there a CHUCK,

And everywhere a CHUCK;

With a BAA-BAA here, and a BAA-BAA there,

And here a BAA, and there a BAA,

And everywhere a BAA;

With a GEE-WO here, and a GEE-WO there,

And here a GEE, and there a GEE,

And everywhere a GEE;

Says I, "My pretty lass, will you come

To the banks of the Aire oh?"


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When I was a farmer, a Farmer's Boy,

I used to keep my master's CHILDREN,

With a SHOUTING here, and a POUTING there,

And here a SHOUT, and there a POUT,

And everywhere a SHOUT;


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With a BOW-BOW here, and a BOW-WOW there,

And here a BOW, and there a WOW,

And everywhere a WOW;

With a QUACK-QUACK here, and a QUACK-QUACK there,

And here a QUACK, and there a QUACK,

And everywhere a QUACK;

With a GRUNT-GRUNT here, and a GRUNT-GRUNT there,

And here a GRUNT, and there a GRUNT,

And everywhere a GRUNT;

With a CHUCK-CHUCK here, and a CHUCK-CHUCK there,

And here a CHUCK, and there a CHUCK,

And everywhere a CHUCK;

With a BAA-BAA here, and a BAA-BAA there,

And here a BAA, and there a BAA,

And everywhere a BAA;

With a GEE-WO here, and a GEE-WO there,

And here a GEE, and there a GEE,

And everywhere a GEE;

Says I, "My pretty lass, will you come

To the banks of the Aire oh?"


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When I was a farmer, a Farmer's Boy,

I used to keep my master's TURKEYS,

With a GOBBLE-GOBBLE here, and a GOBBLE-GOBBLE there,

And here a GOBBLE, and there a GOBBLE;

And everywhere a GOBBLE;

With a SHOUTING here, and a POUTING there,

And here a SHOUT, and there a POUT,

And everywhere a SHOUT;

With a BOW-BOW here, and a BOW-WOW there,

And here a BOW, and there a WOW,

And everywhere a WOW;

With a QUACK-QUACK here, and a QUACK-QUACK there,

And here a QUACK, and there a QUACK,

And everywhere a QUACK;

With a GRUNT-GRUNT here, and a GRUNT-GRUNT there,

And here a GRUNT, and there a GRUNT,

And everywhere a GRUNT;

With a CHUCK-CHUCK here, and a CHUCK-CHUCK there,

And here a CHUCK, and there a CHUCK,

And everywhere a CHUCK;

With a BAA-BAA here, and a BAA-BAA there,

And here a BAA, and there a BAA,

And everywhere a BAA;

With a GEE-WO here, and a GEE-WO there,

And here a GEE, and there a GEE,

And everywhere a GEE;


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Says I, "My pretty lass, will you come

To the banks of the Aire oh?"


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