“The Farmer Is the Man”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1923 (recording, Fiddlin' John Carson)
Keywords: farming work poverty commerce money
Found in: US(MW)


A description of the life of the farmer, "the man who feeds them all." He comes to town "with his wagon broken down" and "lives on credit till the fall." At last he comes to town with his crop -- and loses the profit to the bank


Although there is no firm authorship information, this song is thought to date from the populist movement of the 1890s. - (PJS)

Sounds logical to me. Greenway, however, dates it to the period after the Civil War. - RBW

"Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All" is a variant form of "Farmer is the Man"; the message and words are close enough that I have lumped them as one song. - PJS

Same tune

Cross references



  1. Randolph 492, "The Farmer, He Must Feed Them All" (1 text)
  2. Sandburg, pp. 282-283, "The Farmer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Scott-BoA, pp. 267-269, "The Farmer is the Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-FSNA 66, "The Farmer is the Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 879-880, "The Farmer Comes to Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Arnett, pp. 120-121, "The Farmer Is the Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Darling-NAS, pp. 360-361, "The Farmer Is the Man" (1 text)
  8. PSeeger-AFB, p. 57, "The Farmer Is The Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Greenway-AFP, p. 213, "The Farmer Is the Man" (1 text)
  10. Silber-FSWB, p. 118, "The Farmer Is The Man" (1 text)
  12. Roud #5062
  13. BI, San282