John Barleycorn Song Lyrics

Fairport Convention


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Steve Winwood
album: Track 10 in album Tipplers Tales
release date: 1978-5
popularity : 116 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Folk Rock
length: 4:39
composer: [traditional]
lyricist: [traditional]

Album Information

label: Vertigo
country(area): United Kingdom
format: Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Fairport Convention Tipplers Tales cover art


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There were three men come out of the west, their fortunes for to try
And these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn would die
They've ploughed, they've sown, they've harrowed, thrown clods upon his head
Till these three men were satisfied John Barleycorn was dead

There's beer all in the barrel and brandy in the glass
But little Sir John, with his nut-brown bowl, proved the strongest man at last

They've let him lie for a long long time till the rains from heaven did fall
And little Sir John sprang up his head and so amazed them all
They've let him stand till midsummer's day and he looks both pale and wan
Then little Sir John's grown a long long beard and so become a man

[Chorus: x2]


Track Listing

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Ye Mariners All
  • 2 Three Drunken Maidens
  • 3 Jack O'Rion
  • 4 Reynard the Fox
  • 5 Lady of Pleasure
  • 6 Bankruptured
  • 7 The Widow of Westmorland
  • 8 The Hair of the Dogma
  • 9 As Bitme
  • 10 John Barleycorn