I was recently thinking about this nursery rhyme. I don't get it. I know no one really cares at all my little breakdown of it, but here it goes anyway. Here are the lyrics: The farmer in the dell The farmer in the dell Hi-ho, the derry-o The farmer in the dell And the farmer takes a wife The farmer takes a wife Hi-ho, the derry-o The farmer takes a wife And the wife takes the child The wife takes the child Hi-ho, the derry-o The wife takes the child And the child takes the nurse The child takes the nurse Hi-ho, the derry-o The child takes the nurse And the nurse takes the dog The nurse takes the dog Hi-ho, the derry-o The nurse takes the dog And the dog takes the cat The dog takes the cat Hi-ho, the derry-o The dog takes the cat And the cat takes the mouse The cat takes the mouse Hi-ho, the derry-o The cat takes the mouse And the mouse takes the cheese The mouse takes the cheese Hi-ho, the derry-o The mouse takes the cheese And the cheese stands alone The cheese stands alone Hi-ho, the derry-o The cheese stands alone First off, why is the farmer in a computer? Oh wait, actually, "dell" means a small valley. So basically the farmer is in a small valley. They never really say why he's there in the first place. Then there's a hi-ho, which they apparently stole from Kermit, and then derry-o, some non-lexical vocables (according to Wikipedia). It's not really explained, but I guess the farmer gets lonely sitting in a small valley by himself, so he leaves to get his wife to go back. BUT WAIT! It says the farmer takes "a wife," which I guess that means he left the valley and got married? Then I guess they go back to the valley. Or was this person already in the valley? But then I guess they'd have to leave to get married, as I don't think there was anyone there to marry them. 9 months and some non-lexical vocables later, they apparently have a child. Then the child apparently needs a nurse, so they take a nurse down to the valley. So as of this point, we have a farmer, his wife, a newborn baby, and a nurse, in a small valley, and there may also be a minister down there. But the nurse is a dog-lover, so she takes her dog along. The dog for some reason takes a cat along. Since we all know dogs and cats don't get along, we'll assume the dog chased a cat down to the valley. But then, the cat takes a mouse along, so we must have a 3-animal chase going on here: Dog----->Cat----->Mouse Then the mouse decides he may be hungry, so he takes some cheese. Now, the cheese can't really take anything along (since he's just a piece of cheese), so the next stanza says that the cheese stands alone, even though he's with the mouse. And cheese can't really stand either. Finally, the song randomly ends. We have a farmer, his wife, a newborn baby, a nurse, a dog, a cat, a mouse, a piece of cheese, and and a possible minister down in this small valley. So by now you can imagine that it's pretty crowded down there. And the story just ends there. We have all these people and animals down in this small valley, a few non-lexical vocables, and that's it. These people just stay in there singing non-lexical vocables. What a great life. Hopefully everyone will share what they think about this important issue, just to show I'm not the only person crazy enough to write about nursery rhymes.