“Oats and Beans”

Alternate titles: “Oats, Peas, Beans”; “Oats and Beans and Barley Grow”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1898 (Gomme)
Keywords: playparty marriage farming
Found in: Britain(England(All), Scotland)


Playparty ."Oats, (peas/and), beans, and barley grow... Do you or I or anyone know... How oats and beans and barley grow." The farmer plants the seed and waits for harvest; young couples marry and must obey each other.


Gomme has a table (Volume II, p. 11) showing the distribution of the various crops: Oats, beans, barley, wheat, groats, hops. The second Digital Tradition version comes close to the status of parody. - RBW


  1. Linscott, pp. 46-47, "On the Green Carpet" (1 text, 1 tune, which seems to mix "Green Carpet" and "Oats and Beans)
  2. Montgomerie-ScottishNR 84, "(Oats and beans and barley grows)" (1 text)
  4. Roud #1380
  5. BI, DToatsbe