“The Farmer”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: farming work nonballad
Found in: Ireland


The singer overhears a girl singing the praise of her farmer boy. A farmer needs no clock to awake him. He brings home money to his wife. Kings have cares, but farmers are free. Nobles are dependent on farmers, who are always generous to strangers

Cross references


  1. SHenry H676, pp. 41-42, "The Farmer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13356
  3. BI, HHH676