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Margaret Marks

That is weird - the title I know is 'Oats and beans and barley grow". The peas version gets 68 ghits, the other 63,000 or so. Who stuck the peas in?

Peter Harvey

For me <"Oats peas beans and barley grow"> gets 28,300 and <"oats and beans and barley grow"> gets 79,600, but that includes the versions with peas. <"oats and beans and barley grow" -peas> gets 57,400.

As for the actual wording, I have no idea. I have always assumed that there were peas in it for as long as I have known the song. I suppose they are just variants. Wikipedia's article is called 'Oats Peas Beans and Barley Grow' but it says nothing about the wording and covers both forms.

Margaret Marks

Ah, I didn't use inverted commas. Still, the version with 'peas' seems harder to pronounce to me!

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