The classic nursery rhyme “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” has been with us since time and memorial it seems, but do know where its roots lie? It is believed that the songs origins are from the 1719 song called “Kingdom of the Birds” from the “Thomas D’Urfrey opera called “Wit and Mirth” or “Pills to Purge Melancholy” but the earliest version of what we know today as “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” only dates back to the early 1900’s. In the book from 1917 called “Tommy’s Tunes” a collection of “World War 1” era songs, by the author “F.T.Netteingham, the song called “Ohio” has very similar lyrics.
Whatever the history of this well-liked children’s song, the fact remains that it is still as popular today with families as it has ever been. It is a great song to teach children about the different animals found on farms all over the world, and the difference noises the these animals make. The pig, an oink oink here, the dog, a woof woof there, the donkey, here a hee haw, the cow, there a moo, it is all a lot of fun, just how learning should be.
In the clip below, dad has asked his little girl Josie, to sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”. Now Josie is only 23-months-old and is a natural when it comes to being in front of the camera. By the looks of this clip there is not a shy bone in her body, and she is enjoying every minute of being in the limelight. You will notice in her hand she has a special “glove book” with all the animals on it to remind her of where she is in the story.
At first she has a trouble with the word pig, but after a little practice she finally masters this extremely hard word, and with a huge smile on her face she continues the song, animal noises and all. You can her dad in the background enjoying the pitch-perfect-performance by his special little angel. She stares straight into the camera lens and starts the next verse without a hiccup.
Now some of you might recognize little Josie. You see she is no stranger to the camera and fame, her dad has uploaded other videos of her performances and she has received more that 10-million-hits on the internet, this must be some sort of a record for someone so young. Imagine the amount of hits she would of had by the time she turns the ripe-old-age of 5.
This clip is just so adorable that it will leave a smile on your face all day. The innocence of the young is so sweet, it reminds us all that the world is not such a bad place after all.