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The Farmer Wants a Wife
Children get into a circle. One is put into the middle for the "farmer". They all sing "The farmer wants a wife." Then the farmer picks out a wife from the circle of children Then they sing, The "wife wants a child," and the wife picks out a child. Then they sing, "The child wants a nurse," and the child picks out a nurse. They sing, The nurse wants a dog," and she picks out a dog. They sing "The dog wants a bone,' and the dog picks out a bone. Then they all join in the circle again leaving 'the bone' alone while all this has been going on the children in the circle keep moving round. Mabel Gibson,
Eonish, Killeshandra.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.