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In Mudcat MIDIs:
The Farmyard (source: Cecil Sharp's Collection of English Folk Songs, Maud Karpeles, editor)
The Merry Green Fields of the Lowland (from Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, #457. Apparently an ancestor of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm.")


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Subject: Music req: Up was I on my father's farm
From: GUEST,Janice
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 11:04 AM

I'm trying to track down the music for this song:
       Up was I on my father's farm,
       On a May day morning early,
       Feeding of my father's cows
       On a May day morning early.
       With a moo, moo, here,
       And a moo, moo, there,
       Here a moo, there a moo,
       Here a pretty moo.
       Six pretty maids come and gang along o' me,
       To the merry green fields and the farmyard.
(The song continues using other animals and their sounds.)

The only reference to it I can find on the web is at: http://www.sau53.org/net7/tlinks1/poems/farms/farms but this gives only the words.
Does anyone know it, please?
TIA


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Subject: RE: Music req: Up was I on my father's farm
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 12:05 PM

From folktrax:
FARMYARD SONG, THE - (Morning early) - "Up was I on my father's farm on a May Day morning early" (Sharp) - ROUD#887 - D'URFEY 2 p214 Song in Opera "The Kingdom of the Birds" has "father's cows, owls, sheep. lady, turkey-cock, hens, ducks, swine" - SHARP Schl Ser 3 1909 p2 (coll London) "The Farmyard" - SHARP-KARPELES CSC 1974 #342 pp425-6 Sharp: Mrs Goodey, Marylebone, London 1908 - KENNEDY FSBI 1975 #310 from Mr Rew - GARDHAM ERS 1982 p17 Tommy Robinson, Preston Yorksh & p47 Mrs Cograve, Aldbrough, Yorksh 1972 -- William REW rec by Jean Ritchie, Sidbury, Devon 1952 7T-009 & Maxell tape/ rec by PK 13/10/54: RPL 22322/ 027 (with A-conc) (v4 & last omitted)/ 407 "When I was a boy and a farmer's boy" - Dick PEARCE of Kingsbridge rec by PK, Exeter, Devon 13/10/54: RPL 21478/ 086 "The Little Cock" - Mary BENNELL rec by Seamus Ennis, Amersham, Buckinghamsh 17/10/54: RPL 22422 "As I was a farmer, a farmer's boy" - Jack JONES rec by SE, Cardigan 28/11/54: RPL 22435 - Edgar ALLINGTON rec by PK, Brandon, Suffolk 17/6/55: RPL LP 23622 "The Merry Green Fields of Ireland" - ENGLISH TAPESTRY rec Concert Hall Radio 2 6/9/83 CASS-15-0781 "In the morning early"

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry.
-Joe Offer-

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

DESCRIPTION: (Old MacDonald's) farm features a wide variety of livestock, described cumulatively, e.g. with the pig making an oink here and an oink there, the cow a moo-moo here and there, etc. until the entire farm is sounding off
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (Tommy's Tunes)
KEYWORDS: animal farming cumulative nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MW,SE,So)
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Randolph 457, "The Merry Green Fields of the Lowland" (1 text); 458, "Old Missouri" (1 text)
BrownIII 125, "McDonald's Farm" (5 text)
Kennedy 310, "When I Was a Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gilbert, p. 83, "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 389, "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" (1 text)
LPound-ABS, 120, pp. 238-240, "Sweet Fields of Violo" (1 text)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 410-412, "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"

Roud #745
RECORDINGS:
Warren Caplinger's Cumberland Mountain Entertainers, "McDonald's Farm" (Brunswick 294, 1929; Brunswick [Canada] 224, c. 1933)
Sam Patterson Trio, "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" (Edison 51644, 1925)
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers, "Old McDonald Had A Farm" (Columbia 15204-D, 1927)
SAME TUNE:
Golly, Ain't That Queer (Pankake-PHCFSB, pp. 171-172)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Farmyard Song
Notes: Are the pieces listed here really one song? It's not immediately obvious. The British and American versions are often very distinct, but there are intermediate versions, e.g. Randolph's.
Neither of Randolph's texts conforms to the common version of "Old MacDonald," and "The Merry Green Fields of the Lowland," in particular, looks older (It probably derives from the George Christy version "In the Merry Green Fields of Oland," from 1865; compare Sharp's "Merry Green Fields of Ireland" and Pound's "Sweet Fields of Violo"). But the cumulative pattern is the same (indeed, something very like it is quoted in Pills to Purge Melancholy in 1707), so I assume the family is a unity.
Gilbert claims the piece (in which "My Grandfather," rather than "Old MacDonald, is the farmer) comes from a busker of the 1870s called "the Country Fiddler," but gives no details to verify this.
I use the "Old MacDonald" title because it is the best-known, though Fuld reports that this version did not appear until 1917 (and even then, it was "Old MacDougal"). - RBW
File: R457

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Subject: Lyr & Tune Add: THE FARMYARD
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 12:43 PM

X:1
T:The Farmyard, or The Merry Green Fields
M:4/4
L:1/8
B:Cecil Sharp's Collection of English Folk Songs, ed. Maud Karpeles, vol. 2, pp. 425-6
S:Sung by Mrs. Goodey (74) at Marylebone Workhouse, London, 22 October 1908
K:A
A2 A2 A2 BB|c2 d2 B2 cd|e2 e2 d2 B2|A4 A2 z2|
w:1.Up was I on my fa-ther's farm On a May day morn-ing ear-ly;
A2 A2 A2 B2|c2 d2 B2 cd|e2 e2 d2 B2|A4 A2 cB|
w:Feed-ing of my fa-ther's cows on a May day morn-ing ear-ly, With a
A2 A2 A2 Bc|B2 G2 E4|dd d2 cc c2|ABcd e4|
w:moo moo here and a moo moo there, Here a moo, there a moo, Here a pret-ty moo.
A2 AA A2 cc|BAGF E2 cd|ee e2 d2 BB|A4 A2z2||
w:Six pret-ty maids come and gang a-long o' me To the mer-ry green fields of the farm-yard.

1.Up was I on my fa-ther's farm
On a May day morn-ing ear-ly;
Feed-ing of my fa-ther's cows
On a May day morn-ing ear-ly,
With a moo moo here and a moo moo there,
Here a moo, there a moo, Here a pret-ty moo.
Six pret-ty maids come and gang a-long o' me
To the mer-ry green fields of the farm-yard.

2.Up was I on my father's farm
On a May day morning early,
Feeding of my father's pigs
On a May day morning early,
    With a grunt grunt here,
    And a grunt grunt there,
    Here a grunt there a grunt,
    Here a pretty grunt,
    Six pretty maids, etc.

3.Up was I on my father's farm
On a May day morning early,
Feeding of my father's goats
On a May day morning early,
    With a nan nan here, etc.

4.Up was I on my father's farm
On a May day morning early,
Feeding of my father's sheep
On a May day morning early,
    With a baa baa here, etc.

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MERRY GREEN FIELDS OF THE LOWLAND
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 01:16 PM

Related to "Merry Green Fields of the Lowland," "Old MacDonald had a Farm," etc.
D'Urfey, "Pills to Purge Melancholy," 1719, had the lines "Booing here, booing there,
Here a boo, there a boo, everywhere a boo.

Randolph collected a fine version of "The Merry Green Fields of the Lowland."

THE MERRY GREEN FIELDS OF THE LOWLAND

Old Massa had a very fine hog,
In the merry green fields of the lowland,
He turned him in to be seen
In the merry green fields of the lowland,
And it's oink here, and an oink there,
Naff-naff-naff and ev'rybody laugh as they go past
In the merry green fields of the lowland.

Old Massa had a very fine dog,
In the merry green fields of the lowland,
He turned him in to be seen
In the merry green fields of the lowland.
And it's bow-wow here and a bow-wow there
And here a bow, there a bow, here a bow-wow
Oink here and an oink there,
Naff-naff-naff and everybody laugh as they go past
In the merry green fields of the lowland.

Old Massa had a very fine turkey
In the merry green fields of the lowland,
He turned him in to be seen
In the merry green fields of the lowland.
And it's gibble-gobble here and a gibble-gobble there,
And here a gobble, there a gobble, here a gibble-gobble,
And it's bow-wow here and a bow-wow there,
And here a bow, there a bow, here a bow-wow,
And an oink here and an oink there,
Naff-naff-naff and everybody laugh as they go past
In the merry green fields of the lowland.

Old Massa had a very fine sheep
In the merry green fields of the lowland,
He turned him in to be seen
In the merry green fields of the lowland.
And it's blib-blab here and a blib-blab there,
Here a blab, there a blab, here a blib-blab,
And it's gibble-gobble here and a gibble-gobble there,
And here a gobble, there a gobble, here a gibble-gobble
And it's bow-wow here and a bow-wow there,
And here a bow, there a bow, here a bow-wow,
And an oink here and an oink there,
Naff-naff-naff and everybody laugh as they go past
In the merry green fields of the lowland.

Mr. Doney Hammontree, Arkansas, 1942, learned "about 1900."
Vance Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol. 3, pp. 211-212 with music (pretty close to "Old MacDonald").

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Subject: Lyr Add: TO THE MERRY GREEN FIELDS AWAY
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 10:10 PM

From American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940:
FOLKLORE
NEW YORK
FORM B Personal History of informant
STATE NEW YORK
NAME OF WORKER DOROTHY WEST
ADDRESS 131 West 110th Street, New York
DATE October 7 and 14, 1938
SUBJECT "MRS. LAURA M." (SONGS AND RHYMES * (Game Songs & Rhymes of Children))

We used to sing this a lot when we were kids ... No, you didn't play any game with it. You just sat around singing it; a bunch could sing it, or just one or two. The number didn't matter since no game was attached to it.

1.
My grandfather had some very fine sheep,
Some very fine sheep had he.
It was a baa, baa here,
A baa, baa there; a baa, baa everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

II.
My grandfather had some very fine cows,
Some very fine cows had he.
It was a moo, moo here,
A moo, moo there; a moo, moo everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

III.
My grandfather had some very fine pigs,
Some very fine pigs had he.
It was an oink, oink here,
An oink, oink there; an oink, oink everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

IV.
My grandfather had some very fine ducks,
Some very fine ducks had he.
It was a quack, quack here,
A quack, quack there; a quack, quack everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

V.
My grandfather had some very fine chickens,
Some very fine chickens had he.
It was a cluck, cluck here,
A cluck, cluck there; a cluck, cluck everywhere.

Chorus;
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

VI.
My grandfather had some very fine horses,
Some very fine horses had he.
It was a neigh, neigh here,
A neigh, neigh there; a neigh, neigh everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

VII.
My grandfather had some very fine mules,
Some very fine mules had he.
It was a hee-haw here,
A hee-haw there; a hee-haw everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

VIII.
My grandfather had some very fine dogs,
Some very fine dogs had he.
It was a woof-woof here,
A woof-woof there; a woof-woof everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

IX.
My grandfather had some very fine cats,
Some very fine cats had he.
It was a meow-meow here,
A meow-meow there; a meow-meow everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

X.
My grandfather had some very fine pigeons,
Some very fine pigeons had he.
It was a coo-coo here,
A coo-coo there; a coo-coo everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.

XI.
A baa, baa here,
A moo, moo there,
An oink, oink here,
A quack, quack there,
A cluck, cluck here,
A neigh, neigh there,
A hee-haw here,
A woof-woof there,
A meow-meow here,
A coo-coo there.
A baa, baa; a moo, moo; oink, oink; a quack, quack;
cluck, cluck; neigh, neigh; hee-haw, hee-haw; woof-woof;
meow, meow; coo-coo everywhere.

Chorus:
Come along boys, come along girls,
To the merry green fields away.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD MISSOURI (from Vance Randolph))
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 11:36 PM

Lyr. Add: OLD MISSOURI

Old Missouri had a mule, he-hi-he-hi-ho,
And on this mule there were two ears, he-hi-he-hi-ho.
With a flip-flop here, and a flip-flop there,
And here a flop and there a flop and everywhere a flip-flop,
Old Missouri had a mule, he-hi-he-hi-ho.

Old Missouri had a mule, he-hi-he-hi-ho,
And on this mule there was a tail, he-hi-he-hi-ho.
With a switch-switch here and a switch-switch there,
And here a switch and there a switch and everywhere a switch-switch,
Old Missouri had a mule, he-hi-he-hi-ho.

Old Missouri had a mule, he-hi-he-hi-ho,
And on this mule there were two heels, he-hi-he-hi-ho.
With a kick-kick here and a kick-kick there,
Here a kick and there a kick and everywhere a kick-kick,
Old Missouri had a mule, he-hi-he-hi-ho.

Mr. H. F. Walker, Missouri, 1927. In Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol. 3, pp. 212-213, # 458. Related to Old MacDonald and Merry Green Fields.


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: IN THE FIELDS IN FROST AND SNOWS
From: masato sakurai
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 03:24 AM

X:2
T:A Song in the Opera call'd, The Kingdom of the Birds. Sung by Miss Willis.
M:C
L:1/8
B:Thomas D'Urfey, Wit and Mirth or Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719-1720; 1876; Folklore Libray, 1959, vol. II, pp. 214-16)
K:C
A2 B2 c2 (BA)|^G2 A2 E4|E2 e2 e2 (dc)|B4 A4|
A2 B2 B2 (BA)|^G2 A2 E4|E2 e2 e2 (dc)|B4 A4||
(EF) G2 G4|(EF) G2 G4|(EF) G2 (EF) G2|
d2 d2 Bc d2|e2 e2 d2 (cB)|c2 BA ^G2 FE|
AB cA B2 ^G2|A8||
W:
W:In the Fields in Frost and Snows,
W:Watching late and early;
W:There I keep my Father's Cows,
W:There I Milk 'em Yearly:
W:Booing here, Booing there,
W:Here a Boo, there a Boo, every where a Boo,
W:We defy all Care and Strife,
W:In a Charming Country-Life.
W:
W:Then at home amongst the Fowls,
W:Watching late and early;
W:There I tend my Fathers Owls,
W:There I feed 'em Yearly:
W:Whooing here, Whooing there,
W:Here a Whoo, there a whoo, every where a whoo,
W:We defy all Care and Strife,
W:In a Charming Country Life.
W:
W:When the Summer Fleeces heap,
W:Watching late and early;
W:Then I Shear my Father's Sheep,
W:Then I keep 'em Yearly:
W:Baeing here, Baeing there,
W:Here a Bae, there a Bae, every where a Bae,
W:We defy all Care, &c.
W:
W:In the Morning e'er 'twas light,
W:In the Morning early;
W:There I met with my Delight,
W:Once he Lov'd me dearly:
W:Wooeing here, Wooeing there,
W:Here a wooe, there a wooe, every where a wooe,
W:Oh! How free from Care, &c.
W:
W:E're the Light came from above,
W:In the Morning early;
W:There I met with my true Love,
W:There I met him early:
W:Wooeing here, Wooeing there,
W:Here he wooe, there he wooe, every where he wooe,
W:Oh! How free from Care, &c.
W:
W:In the Morn at six of the Clock,
W:In the Morning early;
W:There I fed our Turkey-Cock,
W:There I fed him yearly, cou, cou, goble, goble, goble!
W:Couing here, Couing there,
W:Here a cou, there a cou, every where a cou,
W:Oh! How free from Care and Strife,
W:Is a Pleasant Country-Life.
W:
W:In the Morning near the Fens,
W:In the Morning early;
W:There I feed my Father's Hens,
W:There I feed him Yearly,
W:Cackle here, Cackle there,
W:Here a cackle, there a cackle, every where a cackle,
W:Oh! How free from Care and Strife,
W:Is a Pleasant Country Life.
W:
W:In the Morning with good speed,
W:In the Morning early;
W:I my Father's Ducks so feed,
W:In the Morning early;
W:Quacking here, Quacking there,
W:Here a quack, there a quack, every where a quack,
W:Oh! How free from Care, &c.
W:
W:In the Morning fair and fine,
W:In the Morning early;
W:There I feed my Father's Swine,
W:There I feed them Yearly:
W:Grunting here, Grunting there,
W:Here a grunt, there a grunt, every where a grunt,
W:Oh! How free from Care and Strife,
W:Is a Pleasant Country Life.


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Subject: RE: Music req: Up was I on my father's farm
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 04:26 AM

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