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Song: The Farmer Is The Man
Lyrics: John Carson(1)

Music: John Carson
Year: circa 1924(2)
Genre: Country
Country: USA


If you'll only look and see,
I Know you will agree,
That the farmer is the man who feeds them all.
Through the wind and through the snow,
When the farmer comes to town,
With his wagon broken down,
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
The farmer is the man,
The farmer is the man,
Lives on credit until fall,
Then they take him by the hand,
And they lead him from the land,
And the middleman's the man who gets it all.

When the lawyer hangs around,
While the butcher cuts a pound,
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
And the preacher and the cook
Go a-strolling down the brook,
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
The farmer is the man,
The farmer is the man, Lives on credit till the fall.
With the interest rate so high,
It's a wonder he don't die;
The banker is the man who gets it all.
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
When the banker says he's broke,
And the merchant's up in smoke,
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
It would put them to the test
If the farmer took a rest;
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
The farmer is the man,
The farmer is the man,
Lives on credit till the fall,
His clothes are wearing thin,
His condition is a sin;
He's forgot that he's the man who feeds them all.


And a later version done by him

If you'll only look and see,
I Know you will agree,
That the farmer is the man who feeds them all.
Through the wind and through the snow,
When the farmer comes to town,
With his wagon broken down,
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
The farmer is the man,
The farmer is the man,
Lives on credit until fall,
Then they take him by the hand,
And they lead him from the land,
And the middleman's the man who gets it all.

When the lawyer hangs around,
While the butcher cuts a pound,
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
And the preacher and the cook
Go a-strolling down the brook,
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
The farmer is the man,
The farmer is the man, Lives on credit till the fall.
With the interest rate so high,
It's a wonder he don't die;
The banker is the man who gets it all.
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
When the banker says he's broke,
And the merchant's up in smoke,
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
It would put them to the test
If the farmer took a rest;
The farmer is the man who feeds them all.
The farmer is the man,
The farmer is the man,
Lives on credit till the fall,
His clothes are wearing thin,
His condition is a sin;
He's forgot that he's the man who feeds them all.


Notes:

1 - Fiddlin' John Carson (ca. 1868-1949) biography from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, and another short biography from PBS, American Roots Music.

2 - April 1924 recording by (Fiddlin) John Carson, Okeh records 40071

3 - This may be a reworking of the song The Farmer Feeds Us All written by Knowles Shaw, in the mid-19th century.