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‘What Does the Farmer Say?’ K-State grad’s ‘Fox’ parody going viral

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at 7:08 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.

How are you gonna keep ‘em down on the farm – when they post a YouTube video that grabs more than 2 million hits in a couple of weeks? Derek Klingenberg of Peabody in Marion County, Kansas has a hit on his hands with a parody of “The Fox” music video.

His version?

“What Does the Farmer Say?”

Klingenberg posted the parody, his 25th YouTube video, on Oct. 29 and as of Monday it had 2.1 million hits.

Here’s how it starts:

Dog goes woof

Cat goes meow

Twitter goes tweet

And my phone goes beep.

Miley twerks

Katy Roars

And the Chiefs go touch down!

His pastor brother, his daughter and nephew star with him in the video, most of which he shot on his farm where he’s turned his machine shed into a TV studio. He even has a weatherman’s green screen.

“I'm surprised,” the lifelong farmer and 2001 K-State grad told The Hays Daily News last week. "I can't believe anyone watches my videos."

He got the idea for the parody after a buddy texted him, asking, “what does the farmer say?”

"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,” he told the Hays newspaper.

Klingenberg has music in his blood. He and his brothers once had their own bluegrass band; he started making music videos after the group disbanded.

His other videos, including “Ranching Awesome,” his parody of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” are getting more notice now that “Farmer” is getting so much attention.

Oh, and just what does the farmer say?

Work, work, work, work, work, work, work ...

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