The Farmer Is the Man

Midwest Region

When the Civil War was over, the Midwest became a “breadbasket of the world.”  Land was sold to farmers who produced large crops.  The railroads increased their rates for transportation and storage of these crops.  When the prices of the crops dropped, banks and railroads foreclosed (took over the mortgages) on the farmlands.

Lyrics:

  1. When the farmer comes to town with his wagon broken down,
    Oh, the farmer is the man who feeds them all.
    If you'll only look and see, I am sure you will agree,
    That the farmer is the man who feeds them all.

  Refrain:  The farmer is the man, the farmer is the man,
                   Lives on credit till the 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.  

  1. When the lawyer hangs around, while the butcher cuts a pound,
    Oh, the farmer is the man who feeds them all.
    And the preacher and the cook go a-strolling by the brook,
    Oh, the farmer is the man who feeds them all.

Refrain:   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,,
                  For the mortgage man's the man who gets it all.                 

  1. When the banker says he’s broke, and the merchant’s up in smoke,
    They forget that it's the farmer feeds them all.
     It would put them to the test if the farmer took the rest,
     They'd know that it's the farmer feeds them all.

  Refrain:  The farmer is the man, the farmer is the man,
                   Lives on credit till the fall;
                   And his pants are wearing thin, his condition, it's a sin,
                   He's forgot that he's the man who feeds them all.

 

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MIDI File
 
Folk song arrangement by Michael Burkhardt

With thanks to Sharon Ogorzalek
 Created: July 2005, Last Updated: 07/28/10
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