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Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens

One night farmer Brown,
Was takin' the air,
Locked up the barnyard
With the greatest of care
Down in the henhouse
Somethin' stirred
When he shouted "Who's there?"
This is what he heard:

There ain't nobody here but us chickens
There ain't nobody here at all
So calm yourself,
And stop your fuss
There ain't nobody here but us
We chickens tryin' to sleep,
And you butt in
And hobble, hobble hobble hobble
With your chin

There ain't nobody here but us chickens
There ain't nobody here at all
You're stompin' around
And shakin' the ground,
You're kickin' up an awful dust
We chicken's tryin' to sleep
And you butt in
And hobble, hobble hobble hobble
It's a sin

Tomorrow
Is a busy day
We got things to do
We got eggs to lay
We got ground to dig
And worms to scratch
It takes a lot of settin'
Gettin' chicks to hatch

There ain't nobody here but us chickens
There ain't nobody here at all
So quiet yourself,
And stop your fuss
There ain't nobody here but us
Kindly point that gun,
The other way
And hobble, hobble hobble off and
Hit the hay

Tomorrow
Is a busy day
We got things to do
We got eggs to lay
We got ground to dig
And worms to scratch
It takes a lot of settin'
Gettin' chicks to hatch

There ain't nobody here but us chickens
There ain't nobody here at all
So quiet yourself,
And stop your fuss
There ain't nobody here but us
Kindly point that gun,
The other way
And hobble, hobble hobble of and
Hit the hay

"Hey boss man
What do ya say?"

It's easy pickens,
Ain't nobody here but us chickens

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Curt Roseman8/3/2005 4:10:13 PM I can dig it!
Steve S.10/18/2005 4:29:58 PM 3 things: 1st verse: I believe Farmer Brown is "taking the air" (not "airs") 3rd verse, last line should read "it's a sin." In the refrain it should be "...hobble off," not "hobble of." Thanks for reading, and thanks for the site.
Diana10/21/2005 2:31:12 PM Does anyone know what year it was written? We're trying to work out where the saying first came into vogue, or use.
Hanny10/22/2005 10:36:07 AM Yep, I too think it's "it's a sin". My fave song!
Patrick10/24/2005 5:58:01 AM Thanks for the corrections, I updated the page.
Wolfgang2/28/2006 12:25:10 PM Thanks for that stuff!!!!!!!
joe3/2/2006 5:06:51 PM I'm looking for the chords. Is there anybody who can help me?
Allen3/9/2006 5:26:52 PM Hey Joe, I think the basic chord progression is C(1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4) F(1-2-3-4) C(1-2-3-4) G(1-2-3-4 1-2) C(3-4) wash, rinse, repeat.
Chao4/15/2006 2:54:53 AM i love this song...its just so easy to dance to and now i can sing to the song to! thanks!
greg5/7/2006 9:52:47 AM i've been playing it in c too but i also just tried it in b flat using a capo on the 3rd fret playing the g,c and d chords and it sounds great. i'm not really sure which is the original key though, i'll have to try plying to the recording. if you don't have it bb king has a great version on his louis jordan tribute cd and asleep at the wheel does an even better version on one of their cd's ...
Tim8/7/2006 7:32:37 PM Cute number. Just makes me think of all the kids of the era got introduced to him through it. Like my own mother. Heck bought a record of his stuff in '82. She heard his stuff back in the 40's and knew all the songs.
Myra8/11/2006 6:21:37 PM I actually had the original record, and wouldn't you know it, it got broken when I moved in September!! BUMMER!! I have been searching off and on since then. A wonderful song. Brightens my day.
Guy8/17/2006 10:27:10 AM What a marvelous song! Just discovered it on a jazz collection CD. So lyrical and clever and lighthearted and subtly pointed all at the same time. An instant favorite!
Paul Rohde8/24/2006 12:06:33 AM Das ist der genialste Song, den es gibt - am besten gesungen von Andy Cooper. Am 31.03.2006 bei uns in Burgdorf/Hannover.
GLestrade8/31/2006 11:28:55 AM Instead of "ground to dig and worms to scratch" it should read "chicks to feed and dirt to scratch." I see this error all over the internet.
GLestrade8/31/2006 12:02:43 PM Also, instead of "gettin' chicks to hatch" it should be "gettin' eggs to hatch."
Zoltan Rick9/14/2006 11:21:34 AM Thanks a lot for these useful lyrics. The Zoltans (Louis Jordan jump-jive band based in England) are finally going to add this song to our repertoire and this has saved me a lot of work!