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"The Farmer and the Cowman" is a song featured in the 1955 film Oklahoma! sung by James Whitmore as Andrew Carnes, Gene Nelson as Will Parker, Gordon MacRae as Curly McLain, Charlotte Greenwood as Aunt Eller, Gloria Grahame as Ado Annie Carnes and Jay C. Flippen as Ike Skidmore with music composed by Richard Rodgers and lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Lyrics

Andrew:
The farmer and the cowman should be friends
Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends
One man likes to push a plough
The other likes to chase a cow
But that's no reason why they cain't be friends

Territory folks should stick together
Territory folks should all be pals
Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters
Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals

All:
Territory folks should stick together
Territory folks should all be pals
Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters
Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals

Farmer:
I'd like to say a word
Fer the farmer
He come out west
And made a lot of changes

Will:
He come out west and built a lot of fences

Farmer:
And built 'em right across the cattle ranges
The farmer a good and thrifty citizen
No matter what the cowman says or thinks
You seldom see him drinkin' in a bar room

Curly:
Unless someboy else's buyin' drinks

Andrew:
But the farmer and the cowman should be friends
Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends
The cowman ropes a cow with ease
The farmer steals her butter and cheese
But that's no reason why the cain't be friends

All:
Territory folks should stick together
Territory folks should all be pals
Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters
Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals

Aunt Eller:
I'd to say a word for the cowboy
The road he treads is difficult and stoney
He rides for days on end
With just a pony for a friend

Annie:
I sure am feelin' sorry for the pony

Aunt Eller:
The farmer should be sociable with the cowboy
If he rides by an' ask for food an' water
Don't treat him like a louse
Make him welcome in your house

Ike:
But be sure that you lock up your wife an' daughters

All:
Territory folks should stick together
Territory folks should all be pals
Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters
Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals

Curly:
And when this territory is a state
An' joins the Union jus' like all the others
The farmer, and cowman and the merchant
Mus' all behave theirselves and act like brothers

Aunt Eller:
I'd like to teach you all a little sayin'
And learn the words by heart the way you should
I don't say I'm no better than anybody else
But I'll be danged if I ain't jist as good!

All:
I don't say I'm no better than anybody else
But I'll be danged if I ain't jist as good!
Territory folks should stick together

Territory folks should all be pals
Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters
Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals


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Media
Oklahoma! (Soundtrack/Video)
Characters
Curly McLainLaurey WilliamsWill ParkerAdo AnnieAunt EllerJud FryAli HakimAndrew CarnesIke SkidmoreGertie Cummings
Songs
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'The Surrey with the Fringe on TopKansas CityI Cain't Say NoMany a New DayPeople Will Say We're in LovePore Jud Is DaidOut of My DreamsThe Farmer and the CowmanAll Er Nuthin'Oklahoma!
Locations
Oklahoma
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