Andrew Bird - How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm Lyrics




Reuben, Reuben, I've been thinking
Said his wifey dear
Now that all is peaceful and calm
The boys will soon be back on the farm
Mister Reuben started winking and slowly rubbed his chin
He pulled his chair up close to mother
And he asked her with a grin

[Chorus (sung twice after each verse):]
How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
After they've seen Paree'
How ya gonna keep 'em away from Broadway
Jazzin around and paintin' the town
How ya gonna keep 'em away from harm, that's a mystery
They'll never want to see a rake or plow
And who the deuce can parleyvous a cow?
How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
After they've seen Paree'

Rueben, Rueben, you're mistaken
Said his wifey dear
Once a farmer, always a jay
And farmers always stick to the hay
Mother Reuben, I'm not fakin
Tho you may think it strange
But wine and women play the mischief
With a boy who's loose with change

[Chorus (sung twice after each verse):]
How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
After they've seen Paree'
How ya gonna keep 'em away from Broadway
Jazzin around and paintin' the town
How ya gonna keep 'em away from harm, that's a mystery
Imagine Reuben when he meets his Pa
He'll pinch his cheek and holler "OO-LA-LA!
How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
After they've seen Paree'?





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Andrew Bird How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm Comments
  1. Amy Phelps

    After many years of listening to this, I like how this and the original play off each other.

  2. Venilson Carneiro

    Reuben, Reuben, I've been thinking
    Said his wifey dear
    Now that all is peaceful and calm
    The boys will soon be back on the farm
    Mister Reuben started winking and slowly rubbed his chin
    He pulled his chair up close to mother
    And he asked her with a grin
    [Chorus (sung twice after each verse):]
    How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
    After they've seen Paree'
    How ya gonna keep 'em away from Broadway
    Jazzin around and paintin' the town
    How ya gonna keep 'em away from harm, that's a mystery
    They'll never want to see a rake or plow
    And who the deuce can parleyvous a cow?
    How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
    After they've seen Paree'
    Rueben, Rueben, you're mistaken
    Said his wifey dear
    Once a farmer, always a jay
    And farmers always stick to the hay
    Mother Reuben, I'm not fakin
    Tho you may think it strange
    But wine and women play the mischief
    With a boy who's loose with change
    [Chorus (sung twice after each verse):]
    How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
    After they've seen Paree'
    How ya gonna keep 'em away from Broadway
    Jazzin around and paintin' the town
    How ya gonna keep 'em away from harm, that's a mystery
    Imagine Reuben when he meets his Pa
    He'll pinch his cheek and holler "OO-LA-LA!
    How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
    After they've seen Paree'?

  3. Thilina Blyz

    nice!!!

  4. Billy Murray Fan

    Byron G Harlan's version is a million times better. This gives me only bad feelings. I can't hear it.

  5. Snowl

    Way better than the original song