'The Farmer in the Dell' Chords

Delight Your Child With a Guitar Rendition of This Popular Song

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Learn how to strum these easy-to-learn guitar chords of the children's classic "Farmer in the Dell" (If the chords and lyrics below appear poorly formatted in your browser, download this printable PDF, which is both properly formatted for printing and ad-free).

The Farmer in the Dell

Chords Used: C (x32010) | F (xx3211) | G (320003)

    C
The farmer in the dell.
    C
The farmer in the dell.
F         C
Hi-ho the derry-o
C      G      C
The farmer in the dell.

    C
The farmer picks a wife
    C
The farmer picks a wife
F         C
Hi-ho the derry-o
C      G       C
The farmer picks a wife.

    C
The wife picks a child
    C
The wife picks a child
F         C
Hi-ho the derry-o
C    G       C
The wife picks a child.

Other verses:

The child takes a nurse...

The nurse takes a cow...

The cow takes a dog...

The dog takes a cat...

The cat takes a rat...

The rat takes the cheese...

Last verse:
    C
The cheese stands alone
    C
The cheese stands alone
F         C
Hi-ho the derry-o
C      G       C
The cheese stands alone