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Hey John Barleycorn

  • (Trad)

    Hey John Barleycorn, Ho John Barleycorn
    Old and young his praise is sung
    John Barleycorn

    John Barleycorn is a hero bold
    As any in the land
    His fame has stood for ages good
    And shall forever stand
    The whole wide world respects him
    No matter friend or foe
    And where they be that makes too free
    He's sure to lay them low

    To see him in his pride of growth
    His robes are rich and green
    His head is speared with goodly beard
    Fit nigh to serve a Queen
    And when the harvest time comes round
    And John is stricken down
    He'll use his blood for England's good
    And Englishmens' renown

    The lord in courtly castle
    The squire in stately hall
    The great of name, of birth and fame
    On John for succour call
    He bids the troubled heart rejoice
    Gives warmth to Nature's call
    Makes weak men strong and old men young
    And all men brave and bold

    (as sung by Robin Dransfield)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1976:] Another paean of praise to the English Dionysos. It is from the singing of George Attrill of Fittleworth, Sussex, but had been altered quite a lot before it got on this record. (Vic Gammon, notes 'The Tale of Ale')

  • Further notes see John Barleycorn

Quelle: England

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