JOHN BARLEYCORN traditional arrangement by Ian Corrigan THERE WAS THREE MEN COME OUT OF TH

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JOHN BARLEYCORN traditional arrangement by Ian Corrigan THERE WAS THREE MEN COME OUT OF THE WEST THEIR FORTUNES FOR TO TRY AND THESE THREE MEN MADE A SOLEMN VOW JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE THEY PLOWED AND SOWED AND THEY HARROWED HIM IN THREW CLODS UPON HIS HEAD AND THESE THREE MEN MADE A SOLEMN VOW JOHN BARLEYCORN WAS DEAD THEY LET HIM LIE FOR A VERY LONG TIME TIL THE RAINS FROM HEAVEN DID FALL AND LITTLE SIR JOHN, HE SPRANG UP HIS HEAD AND SO AMAZED THEM ALL THEY LET HIM STAND TIL THE MIDSUMMER'S DAY TIL HE LOOKED BOTH PALE AND WANE AND BARLEYCORN'S GROWN A LONG, LONG BEARD AND SO BECOME A MAN THEY HIRED MEN WITH THE SCYTHS SO SHARP TO CUT HIM OFF AT THE KNEE THEY ROLLED HIM AND TIED HIM AROUND THE WAIST SERVIN' HIM MOST BARBAROUSLY THEY HIRED MEN WITH THE HARD PITCHFORK TO PIERCE HIM THROUGH THE HEART AND THE LOADER HE HAS SERVED HIM FAR WORSE THAN THAT FOR HE'S BOUND HIM TO A CART THEY WHEELED HIM ROUND AND AROUND THE FIELD TIL THEY CAME UNTO A BARN AND THESE THREE MEN MADE A SOLEMN OATH ON POOR JOHN BARLEYCORN THEY HIRED MEN WITH THE HOLLY CLUB TO FLAY HIM SKIN FROM BONE AND THE MILLER HE HAS SERVED HIM FAR WORSE THAN THAT FOR HE'S GROUND HIM BETWEEN TWO STONES OH OH BARLEYCORN IS THE SWEETEST GRAIN THAT EVER WAS SOWN BY MAN UM UM IT WILL DO MORE THAN ANY GRAIN JUST BY THE TIPPIN' OF YOUR HAND 20 IT WILL TURN A BOY INTO A MAN AND A MAN INTO AN ASS YOUR GOLD TO SILVER IT WILL CHANGE AND YOUR SILVER INTO BRASS WILL PUT THE PRIEST TO SLEEP AT NIGHT RAISE THE NOBLEMAN IN THE MORN WILL BRING THE SOLDIER TO THE STOCKS WHERE ALL MEN MAY DO HIM SCORN IT WILL PUT SACK INTO A GLASS AND CLARET IN THE CASK AND IT WILL CAUSE A MAN TO DRINK TIL HE CAN NEITHER GO NOR STAND OO, OO LITTLE SIR JOHN AND THE NUT BROWN BOWL AND THE BRANDY IN THE GLASS LITTLE SIR JOHN AND THE NUT BROWN BOWL HAVE 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 NOR BOWL WITHOUT A LITTLE BARLEYCORN -- another version: [music] THERE WERE THREE MEN CAME OUT OF THE WEST, THEIR FORTUNES FOR TO TRY, AND THESE THREE MEN MADE A SOLEMN VOW: JOHN BARLEYCORN SHOULD DIE. THEY PLOUGHED, THEY SOWED, THEY HARROWED HIM IN, THROWED CLODS UPON HIS HEAD, AND THESE THREE MEN MADE A SOLEMN VOW: JOHN BARLEY CORN WAS DEAD. THEN THEY LET HIM LIE FOR A VERY LONG TIME TILL THE RAIN FROM HEAVEN DID FALL, THEN LITTLE SIR JOHN SPRUNG UP HIS HEAD, AND SOON AMAZED THEM ALL. THEY SET HIM STAND TILL MIDSUMMER TILL HE LOOKED BOTH PALE AND WAN, AND LITTLE SIR JOHN HE GROWED A LONG BEARD AND SO BECOME A MAN. THEY HIRED MEN WITH THE SCYTHES SO SHARP TO CUT HIM OFF AT THE KNEE, THEY ROLLED HIM AND TIED HIM BY THE WAIST, AND SERVED HIM MOST BARBAROUSLY. THEY HIRED MEN WITH THE SHARP PITCHFORKS WHO PRICKED HIM TO THE HEART, AND THE LOADER HE SERVED HIM WORSE THAN THAT, FOR HE BOUND HIM TO THE CART. THEY WHEELED HIM ROUND AND ROUND THE FIELD TILL THEY CAME UNTO A BARN, AND THERE THEY MADE A SOLEMN VOW ON POOR JOHN BARLEYCORN. THEY HIRED MEN WITH THE CRAB-TREE STICKS TO CUT HIM SKIN FROM BONE, AND THE MILLER HE SERVED HIM WORSE THAN THAT, FOR HE GROUND HIM BETWEEN TWO STONES. HERE'S LITTLE SIR JOHN IN A NUT-BROWN BOWL, AND BRANDY IN A GLASS; AND LITTLE SIR JOHN IN THE NUT-BROWN BOWL PROVED THE STRONGER MAN AT LAST. AND THE HUNTSMAN, HE CAN'T HUNT THE FOX, NOR SO LOUDLY BLOW HIS HORN, AND THE TINKER HE CAN'T MEND KETTLES OR POTS WITHOUT A LITTLE OF BARLEYCORN. --

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