The Farmer Does What?!

The farmer in the dell
The farmer in the dell
Did you ever play this when you were a kid?  It is one of those “I hope I get picked!” games that seem to work so well at fashioning a kid’s self worth.
Hi-ho, the derry-o
What is a derry-o? Is it like a dairy for Cheerios? I always thought of it as a bell for some reason.
The farmer in the dell
The farmer takes a wife
The farmer takes a wife
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The farmer takes a wife
What happened to courtship and and a ring and maybe ASKING the woman to marry you?  Hey farmer, take it elsewhere.
The wife takes a child
The wife takes a child
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The wife takes a child
So where exactly is she taking this kid from.  Hello?  DHS? Child Protective Services? 911?
The child takes the cow (2x) . . .
Alright, you know how it goes now.  I see that they’ve got the kids stealing cows now for this fledgling farm? Excellent parenting.
The cow takes the pig (2x) . . .
I’m sorry, what? Cows are taking pigs?  Taking them how?
The pig takes the dog (2x) . . .
The dog takes the cat (2x) . .
“Dogs and cats, living together!  Mass hysteria!” – Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters
The cat takes the mouse (2x) . . .
Um…this is a strange freaking farm.  It is more Island of Dr. Moureau.  I mean if all these animals are ‘taking’ each other the way the farmer took his wife, we are going to have some seriously crazy creatures running around.  The USDA, FDA and ASPCA might want to look into this place.
The mouse takes the cheese (2x) . . .
I see the mouse still likes cheese.  I was expecting it maybe to have started grazing like a mouse-cow or something.
The cheese stands alone
The cheese stands alone
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The cheese stands alone
The cheese does not know how good it has it.  It won’t have some funky DNA mixture of animal offspring and according to the rules (on Wikipedia), it gets to be the next Farmer.  Not sure how that works exactly but I am sure that Dr. Moreau figured out how to create a man out of cheese…isn’t that how Wayne Newton was created?
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  • Jen Mitchell

    Bwhahaha… I can honestly say I have never put that much thought into that song or other nursery rhymes for that matter but maybe I should. 

  • Em S.

    Simple answer: mutant cheese. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

  • mamakatslosinit

    This made me laugh. The cheese DOES have it good…and I’d say the farmer’s wife has it worst of all. First she’s taken by a farmer and THEN she has to take care of all the other things that get taken in an out of control snowball effect! Thanks honey!

  • arieloser

    Sounds like thie sticks of Wisconsin to me…

  • Dianna Keen

    Isn’t it funny when you actually analyze some of the nursery rhymes we learned as kids@google-ae84b10cc30ca29243f278be106996a4:disqus  I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog today and commenting.
    Cape Cod, huh?  Loved it!  Have only visited once, but it is a beautiful area.
    Good luck with your gardening!

  • Wombat Central

    Let’s be thankful no one was cutting the cheese. That would make for an awkward game.

  • Jennifer

    Such a funny post! I remember singing and playing this game when I was a kid. Didn’t question the craziness of it at the time. But we did assume the cheese stood alone because it smelled :)

  • Tracy

    I didn’t remember all the parts to this song. So is it weird that I periodically get the line “the cheese stands alone” stuck in my head? Now that you’ve fully analyzed this, it IS kind of disturbing.