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Credits
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Steve Winwood
release date: 1970-7
genres: Jazz Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Blues Rock/Jazz-Rock/Prog Rock
length: 6:24
producer: Chris Blackwell and Steve Winwood
piano: Steve Winwood
engineer: Brian Humphries and Andrew Johns
flute: Chris Wood
guitar: Steve Winwood
percussion: Chris Wood
vocal: Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi
acoustic guitar & piano: Steve Winwood
tambourine: Jim Capaldi
percussion & flute: Chris Wood
There were three men came out of the west, their fortunes for to try
And these three men made a solemn vow
John Barleycorn must die
They've plowed, they've sown, they've harrowed him in
Threw clods upon his head
And these three men made a solemn vow
John Barleycorn was dead

They've let him lie for a very long time, 'til the rains from heaven did fall
And little Sir John sprung up his head and so amazed them all
They've let him stand 'til midsummer's day 'til he looked both pale and wan
And little Sir John's grown a long long beard and so become a man
They've hired men with their scythes so sharp to cut him off at the knee
They've rolled him and tied him by the way, serving him most barbarously
They've hired men with their sharp pitchforks who've pricked him to the heart
And the loader he has served him worse than that
For he's bound him to the cart

They've wheeled him around and around a field 'til they came onto a pond
And there they made a solemn oath on poor John Barleycorn
They've hired men with their crabtree sticks to cut him skin from bone
And the miller he has served him worse than that
For he's ground him between two stones

And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl and his brandy in the glass
And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl 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 or pots without a little barleycorn



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Glad
  • 2 Freedom Rider
  • 3 Empty Pages
  • 4 Stranger to Himself
  • 5 John Barleycorn
  • 6 Every Mother’s Son

  • Album Information
    label: United Artists
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin