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The Farmer is the One (Original title: “The Farmer is the Man.” Anon., Public Domain. Last verse by Tom Isern)
A traditional American protest song, that many believe came out of the 19th century populist movement. With the added upbeat verse by Tom Isern about a resurgence of local farmer’s markets, we have often sung this one at farmers markets around Cincinnati, (including the one that Diana and Len coordinate in their own neighborhood!)

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(Original title: “The Farmer is the Man.” Anon., Public Domain. Last verse by Tom Isern)
1. When the farmer comes to town with his wagon broken down
The farmer is the one that feeds 'em all
If you'll only look an' see, I think you will agree
That the farmer is the one that feeds 'em all
The farmer is the one
The farmer is the one
Lives on credit 'til the fall
Then they take him by the hand
And they lead him from the land
And the middle man's the one that gets it all
2. When the lawyer hangs around, and the butcher cuts a pound
 The farmer is the one that feeds 'em all
 And the preacher and the cook, they go strollin' by the brook
 But the farmer is the one that feeds 'em all
The farmer is the one
The farmer is the one
Lives on credit 'til the fall
With the interest rates so high
It's a wonder he don't die
For the mortgage man’s the one that gets it all
3. When the banker says he's broke, and the merchant's up in smoke
 They forget that it's the farmer feeds 'em all
 It would put them to the test, if the farmer took a rest
 Cause the farmer feeds 'em all
The farmer is the one;
The farmer is the one;
Lives on credit 'til the fall
It would put them to the test
if the farmer took a rest
Cause the farmer is the one who feeds them all.•

Bridge:
Then the farmer left town
and the place was broken down
and the pigweeds and the thistles they were ripe.
But the land in fallow lay, it was waiting for the day,
When dreams and schemes would bring it back to life.

4. Now the farmer’s back in town,
farmers’ markets all around,
once again the one who feeds them all.
Things are better now, no doubt
with the middle man left out,
and the farmer is the one who feeds them all.
The farmer is the one, the farmer is the one,
Come and get your pumpkins in the fall.
Just put on your garden duds,
Bring a box and get your spuds,
Cause the farmer is the one who feeds them all.
Yes, the farmer is the one who feeds them all.
Yes, the farmer is the one who feeds them all..

* Original lyrics
And his pants are wearin' thin
His condition it's a sin
He's forgot that he's the man that feeds 'em all

credits

from Just Earth, released January 1, 2017
Jamie Fota: lead vocals, guitar; Leonard Webb: lead vocals, melodica and trumpet, Paulette Meier, lead vocals, Marcia Gallas: drums

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