But what does the farmer say?
work, work, work, work, wawork," "yip, yip, yip, yip, yip, ha" and
"vvvrooom, vvvrooom, vvvrrooom, vaarooom," according to Peabody farmer
Derek Klingenberg in his 25th YouTube video.
"My buddy just texted
me, 'What does the farmer say?' " Klingenberg said. "I then just had
the idea for the song and wrote it in my head. I started when we
finished harvest. It took me 18 days, and I didn't get much sleep."
Oct. 29, Klingenberg posted his parody of the Norwegian comedy-group
Ylvis' hit, "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)," and it already has more
than 740,000 views -- more than his other 24 videos combined. His
brother, a Mennonite pastor in Beatrice, Neb., dances with Klingenberg
in the video, and his daughters and nephew are in the video.
"I'm surprised," Klingenberg said of the number of views. "I can't believe anyone watches my videos."
video surpassed "Ranching Awesome," a parody of the Macklemore song
"Thrift Shop," which had 290,000 views before Oct. 29. The video has
boosted "Ranching Awesome," which was released in March, to more than
"This one keeps going," Klingenberg said. "Usually,
the video views die off after a few days. This one has bumped up all of
He grew up farming
Klingenberg grew up farming near Peabody. He got his degree in agriculture economics from Kansas State University in 2001.
started in music as a member of the Possom Boys, a bluegrass group that
was made up of his brothers. After the group disbanded, Klingenberg was
looking to continue singing.
"I had written some songs when I was
with the group but I needed another creative outlet," Klingenberg said.
"I made music videos and people started to notice my work. I started
making videos, made a little money and bought professional gear and
Didn't know Facebook
His first song was "Bumblebees in the Hay," which was uploaded in January 2009.
wife and sister put in on Facebook," Klingenberg said. "At that time, I
didn't know what Facebook was. Now, I have Facebook and Twitter and it
is where I started to release my songs for people."
Klingenberg's favorite video is not a song but a video he made about the life of a farm cat, called "Farm Cat."
"You have to be a farmer to get it," Klingenberg said.
Klingenberg said he doesn't necessarily like the songs he parodies, including "Thrift Shop."
mainly do songs that are popular," Klingenberg said. "I don't like
'Thrift Shop' except on banjo, but I do like 'The Fox' song."
More videos on the way
Klingenberg said he plans to continue making more videos, which his family supports.
like doing it," Klingenberg said. "My parents are supportive of it. All
of my family thinks I am a little weird, but they are getting used it.
My brother, who was in the video ('What Does the Farmer Say?') is all
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