John Barleycorn

by JK666 11 Replies latest jw friends

  • JK666

    There were three men came out of the west, their fortunes for to try
    And these three men made a solemn vow
    John Barleycorn must die
    They've plowed, they've sown, they've harrowed him in
    Threw clods upon his head
    And these three men made a solemn vow
    John Barleycorn was dead
    They've let him lie for a very long time, 'til the rains from heaven did fall
    And little Sir John sprung up his head and so amazed them all
    They've let him stand 'til Midsummer's Day 'til he looked both pale and wan
    And little Sir John's grown a long long beard and so become a man
    They've hired men with their scythes so sharp to cut him off at the knee
    They've rolled him and tied him by the waist serving him most barbarously
    They've hired men with their sharp pitchforks who've pricked him to the heart
    And the loader he has served him worse than that
    For he's bound him to the cart
    They've wheeled him around and around a field 'til they came unto a barn

    And there they made a solemn oath on poor John Barleycorn
    They've hired men with their crabtree sticks to cut him skin from bone
    And the miller he has served him worse than that
    For he's ground him between two stones

    And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl and his brandy in the glass
    And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl proved the strongest man at last
    The huntsman he can't hunt the fox nor so loudly to blow his horn
    And the tinker he can't mend kettle or pots without a little barleycorn


  • BabaYaga
    BabaYaga he dead?

  • JK666

    Maybe . . . I could be his reincarnation. How many of the posters are here that like to pick on me because of my past problems with alcohol, and still love to imbibe themselves?!

    John is not dead, I am not dead. Do you need a little drinkie poo to do what you need to do? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


  • stillajwexelder

    who is the group playing?

  • treadnh2o

    Traffic- Live 1972, Santa Monica.

    Correct me if I'm wrong JK

  • lancelink

    singer, or restaurant owner ???

  • stillajwexelder

    Steeleye Span album I purchased was where I first heard this song in the 1970s

  • Crumpet

    Steeleye Span fan here! I saw Maddie Prior do a set about 8 years ago - voice still folkily fabulous. My favourite has to be Gaudete.

  • stillajwexelder
  • OnTheWayOut

    Is this like saying that you have to break some nice eggs in order to
    make an omelette?

    You have to thresh and harvest the barley to make beer and whiskey.

    You have to cut down and attack the old JK666 to make the human
    being he's become.

    Good job, JK. Good job jumping into the path of the plow and getting
    cut up and processed. Good job.

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