Old MacDonald had a farm Kalimba tab

Old MacDonald had A farm is a popular nursery rhyme and animal song for children. It was recorded in the united states. Its first publication was approximately 1917. It is believed that the song was inspired by an American tune named “Ohio” (Old Macdougal Had a Farm) which was first published in Tommy’s Tune collection.

This collection was a WWI era of tunes published in 1917. However, the history of this song dates back even further. In 1908, the song “Workhouse Marylebone” a rest home in London” was discovered in England.

This song was originally sung by an old lady named Mrs. Goodey and was eventually published in Cecil Sharp’s Collection of English Folk Songs. No matter when the original was first discovered, this song is a timeless classic and one that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

For reference, here is a video of me playing the song on a coconut thumb piano so that you can hear what the track sounds like. When your confident, play along with me!


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Old MacDonald had a farm,  E-I-E-I-O.

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And on his farm, he had some chicks,  E-I-E-I-O.

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With a chick, chick here, and a chick, chick there.

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Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick, chick,

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Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. 


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