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Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Kalimba Tab)

Here is the Kalimba tab for Old MacDonald Had a Farm so you can learn to play it.

Old MacDonald’s had A farm is a popular children’s nursery rhyme and animal song. It was made in the United States of America. It was published for the first time in 1917. The song is thought to be based on the American tune “Ohio” (Old Macdougal Had a Farm), which was first published in Tommy’s Tune collection.

This was a 1917 collection of tunes from the World War I era. The song’s origins, however, go back even further. The song “Workhouse Marylebone,” a London rest home, was discovered in England in 1908.

Mrs. Goodey, an elderly lady, sang this song, which was eventually published in Cecil Sharp’s Collection of English Folk Songs. This song is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike, regardless of when the original was first discovered.

Enjoy it on your kalimba!


Kalimba Tab – Old MacDonald Had a Farm


C     C    C    G     A    A   G   E E D DC

Old MacDonald had a farm,  E-I-E-I-O.

   G  C  C     C     G   A       A      G         E E D DC

And on his farm, he had some chicks,  E-I-E-I-O.

   G  G     C      C      C       G  G   C        C       C

With a chick, chick here, and a chick, chick there.

  C   C    C        C   C   C      C   C    C    C    C       C

Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick, chick,

C     C    C    G     A    A   G   E E D DC

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm FAQs

What does “Old MacDonald had a farm” mean?

“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” (also known as “Old MacDonald”) is a traditional children’s song and nursery rhyme about a farmer and his various animals. The name of the animal and its associated noise are changed in each verse of the song.


Sakari Oramo