Oats and Beans

DESCRIPTION: Playparty. "Oats, (peas/and), beans, and barley grow... Do you or I or anyone know... How oats and beans and barley grow." The farmer plants the seed and waits for harvest; young couples marry and must obey each other.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1883 (Burne)
KEYWORDS: playparty marriage farming
FOUND IN: Britain(England(All), Scotland) US(MW,NE,SE,So)
REFERENCES (14 citations):
Broadwood/Maitland, p. 87, "Oats and Beans" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wolford, pp. 94-96=WolfordRev, pp. 211-212, "Thus the Farmer Sows His Seed" (1 text, omitting the "Oats and Beans" opening but clearly this)
McIntosh, pp. 95-96, "Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Linscott, pp. 46-47, "On the Green Carpet" (1 text, 1 tune, which seems to mix "Green Carpet" and "Oats and Beans")
BrownSchinhanV, pp. 514-515, "Oats and Beans and Barley" (3 short texts, 3 tunes)
Opie-Game 37, "Oats and Beans and Barley Grow" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Newell, #21, "Oats, Pease, Beans, and Barley Grow" (1 text plus excerpts, 1 tune)
Welsch, "Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grows" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnold, p. 135, "Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow" (1 text, 1 tune)
OShaughnessy-Grainger 16, "Oats and Beans and Barley Grows" (1 text, 1 tune)
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 84, "(Oats and beans and barley grows)" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Charlotte Sophia Burne, editor, Shropshire Folk-Lore: A Sheaf of Gleanings (London, 1883 ("Digitized by Google")), #I.1 p. 508, "Oats and Beans and Barley Grow!" (1 text)
Carl Van Doren, "Some Play-Party Songs from Eastern Illinois" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XXXII, No. 126 (Oct 1919 (available online by JSTOR)), #20 p. 494 "Oats, Pease, Beans, and Barley Grows" (1 text)

Roud #1380
cf. "This Pretty Girl of Mine" (lyrics)
Oats, Peas, Beans
Oats and Beans and Barley Grow
NOTES [69 words]: Gomme has a table (Volume II, p. 11) showing the distribution of the various crops: Oats, beans, barley, wheat, groats, hops. The second Digital Tradition version comes close to the status of parody.
Newell claims that there are French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish parallels to this piece, but it appears that most of these are just descriptions of farming; I am not sure they are actual parallels. - RBW
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