Oats And Beans And Barley

All the children form a ring with the exception of one player, who

stands in the center. The children then dance round this one, singing

the first three lines of the verses given below. At the fourth line they

stop dancing and act the words that are sung. They pretend to scatter

seed; then stand at ease, stamp their feet, clap their hands, and at the

words: "Turn him round," each child turns round.

They then again clap hands and dance round, and when the words: "Open

the ring and send one in," are sung the center child chooses a partner,

who steps into the ring, and the two stand together while the other

children sing the remaining verse, after which the child who was first

in the centre joins the ring and the game is continued as before.

"Oats and beans and barley O!

Do you or I or anyone know

How oats and beans and barley grow?

"First the farmer sows his seed,

Then he stands and takes his ease,

Stamps his foot and claps his hands,

And turns him round to view the land.

"Oats and beans and barley O!

Waiting for a partner, waiting for a partner,

Open the ring and send one in.

Oats and beans and barley O!

"So now you're married you must obey,

You must be true to all you say,

You must be kind, you must be good,

And help your wife to chop the wood.

Oats and beans and barley O!"

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