How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?


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How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm

(after they've seen Paree?) Words by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young Music by Walter Donaldson 1919 Hear Byron G. Harlan and Ada Jones sing a 1919 version from the Collected Works of Byron G. Harlan and Ada Jones at archive.org Hear it Sung by Brian Hefferan, 2004, from the album Mother I'm Wild! View original 1919 sheet music from the Lester S. Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
[Verse 1] D A7 D "Reuben, Reuben, I've been thinking" said his wifey dear A7 D A7 Now that things are peaceful and calm, soon the boys will be back on the farm. D F# Mr. Reuben started winking and slowly rubbed his chin A E7 A7 He pulled his chair up close to mother and asked her with a grin [Chorus 1] D A7 D How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree? A E7 A7 How ya gonna keep 'em away from liquor, jazzing around, painting the town D A7 F# How ya gonna keep 'em away from harm, that's a mystery D D7 They'll never want to see a rake or a plow G Gm and who the deuce can par-les-vous a cow? D A7 Em A7 D How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree? [Verse 2] "Mr. Reuben, you're mistaken", said his wifey dear Once a farmer always a jay, farmers always stick with the hay Mrs. Reuben, I'm not faking, and please don't think it's strange but wine and women make the mischief with boys who are loose with change [Chorus 2] How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree? How ya gonna keep 'em away from liquor, jazzing around, painting the town How ya gonna keep 'em away from harm, that's a mystery Imaging Reuben when whe greets his Pa, He'll kiss his cheek and holler "Ooo-La-La!" How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree?