John Barleycorn

Fairport Convention


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Steve Winwood
album: Track 10 in album Tipplers Tales
release date: 1978-5
popularity : 25 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
They've ploughed, they've sown, they've harrowed, thrown clods upon his head

There's beer all in the barrel and brandy in the glass

And little Sir John sprang up his head and so amazed them all
Then little Sir John's grown a long long beard and so become a man
[Chorus: x2]
They've hired men with the sharp-edged scythes to cut him off at the knee
They've hired men with the sharp-edged forks to prick him to the heart
So they've wheeled him around and around the field till they've come unto a barn
They've hired men with the crab tree sticks to split him skin from bone

And the tinker he can't mend his pots without John Barleycorn


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