John Barleycorn

Steeleye Span


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Steve Winwood
album: Track 8 in album Below the Salt
release date: 1972
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock
length: 4:48

Album Information

label: Chrysalis
country(area): United Kingdom
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Steeleye Span Below the Salt cover art


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There were three men
Their fortunes for to tell,
As well.
They laid him in three furrows deep,
Then these three man made a solemn vow

Till the rain from heaven did fall,
And he did amaze them all.
They let him stand till the midsummer day,
The little Sir John he grew a long beard

To cut him off at the knee,
They served him barbarously.
They have hired men with the crab-tree sticks,
And the miller has served him worse than that,

They've wheeled him to a barn,
They've bunged him in a vat.
They have worked their will on John Barleycorn
For they pour him out of an old brown jug


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Spotted Cow
  • 2 Rosebud in June
  • 3 Jigs: The Bride's Favorite, Tansey's Fancy
  • 4 Sheep-Crook and Black Dog
  • 5 Royal Forester
  • 6 King Henry
  • 7 Gaudete
  • 8 John Barleycorn
  • 9 Saucy Sailor