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John Barleycorn

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The lyricks of the song "John Barleycorn" of the album "A lilttle light music"!

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There were three men come from the West

Their fortunes for to try,

And these three made a solemn vow:

"John Barleycorn must die."

They plowed, they sowed, they harrowed him in,

Threw clods upon his head,

'Til these three men were satisfied

John Barleycorn was dead.

They let him lie for a long long time,

'Til the rains from heaven did fall,

When little Sir John raised up his head

And so amazed them all.

They let him stand 'til Mid-Summer's Day

When he looked both pale and wan;

Then little Sir John grew a long, long beard

And so became a man.

They hired men with their scythes so sharp

To cut him off at the knee;

They rolled him and tied him around the waist,

And served him barbarously.

They hired men with their sharp pitchforks

To pierce him to the heart,

And the loader did serve him worse than that,

For he bound him to the cart.

They wheeled him 'round and around the field

'Til they came unto a barn,

And there they took a solemn oath

On poor John Barleycorn.

They hired men with their crab-tree sticks

To split him skin from bone,

But the miller did serve him worse than that,

For he ground him between two stones.

There's little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl,

And there's brandy in the glass,

And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl

Proved the strongest man at last.

The huntsman cannot hunt the fox

Nor loudly blow his horn

And the tinker cannot mend his pots

Without John Barleycorn

(Edited by Apostolis at 1:29 am on Aug. 4, 2001)

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