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John Barleycorn Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: aqualung@dartmouth.edu (aqualung)

I've included two versions of the song.  I'm not sure how different, if
at all, they are.  Hope this helps.

aqualung

~From: kking@cs.uah.edu (Ken King)

greetings:
  someone asked for john barleycorn must die (as done by traffic),
so here it is (my first contribution :).  i don't yet have the tab
for it (just not that good at tabbing in real time, so i haven't
tried to figure it out), so if anyone out there wants to give it
A shot....

rhythm follows as below, strum to suit yourself.
 2      1      2      1      2      1      2      1      2      1
2      1

~title: john barleycorn must die,  as done by traffic    no capo

intro: same as the first line (twice?) w/ some finger stuff (tab is
tbd)

        A             Em            G      D      Em   ( tab 1   -  ->)
 there  were   three  men    came   out    of the west

        A             G      D      Em   ( tab 2   -  ->)
 their  for-   tunes  for    to     try

        A             Em            G      D      Em   ( tab 1   -  ->)
 and    these  three  men    made a so-    lemn   vow

        A             G      D      Em   ( tab 2   -  ->)
 john   barley-       corn   must   die

        G                    D      Em   ( no tab  -  ->)
they've plowed they've sewn, they've harrow'd him in

        G             A             B(4)  (sync. strum to end)  B  B4
B  B4  B
 threw  clods  up-    on     his    head

        A             Em            G      D      Em   ( tab 1   -  ->)
 and    these  three  men    made a so-    lemn   vow

        A             G      D      Em   ( tab 2   -  ->)
 john   barley-       corn   was    dead

(use intro tab (w/ flute :) for between verses filler)

  comments on the chords: B(4) is Bsus4 (224452) and i play the B as an

A two frets up (224442).  the strumming pattern for the B chords is a
syncopated pattern.  listen to the song, it's easy to play...

  the rest of the verses follow the same pattern, and i don't have the
rest of the words (or the song to transcribe from) with me. :(

  comments?  please feel free to correct anything i botched and provide

~From: almanb@sr.hp.com (Bob Alman)

                      John Barleycorn   (Traffic version)

    capo 7th fret  (chords relative)

    D   C   G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C   G   Am A5      Am A5


           D         Am        C  G       Am A5   Am A5
    There were three men came out of the west
          D     C   Am G   Am A5     Am A5
    Their fortunes for to try
          D          Am        C  G   Am A5   Am A5
    And these three men made a solemn vow
         D  C  Am    G   Am A5     Am A5
    John Barleycorn must die
    C                                    Am       Am7  Am
    They've plowed, they've sown, the've harrowed him in
           C     D       Esus4         E Esus4 E
    Threw clods upon his head
        Dm          Am         C  G   Am A5   Am A5
    And these three men were satisfied
         D  C  Am    G   Am A5   Am A5
    John Barleycorn was dead

    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5

           D     Am        C     G   Am A5   Am A5
    They let him lie for a very long time
               D    C    Am     G   Am A5     Am A5
    Till the rains from heaven did fall
          D          Am        C  G    Am A5   Am A5
    And little Sir John sprung up his head
         D  C  Am  G   Am A5     Am A5
    And so amazed them all
    C                        Am  Am7     Am
    They let him stand 'til mid summer's day
             C         D        Esus4         E Esus4 E
    'til he looked both pale and worn
        Dm          Am            C       G   Am A5   Am A5
    And little Sir John's grown a long, long beard
         D  C Am  G Am A5   Am A5
    And so become a man


    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5


            D     Am        C      G   Am A5   Am A5
    They've hired men with scythes so sharp
           D   C   Am  G  Am A5     Am A5
    To cut him off at the knee
          D              Am      C  G   Am A5   Am A5
    They rolled him and tied him by the waist
            D    C   Am G    Am A5     Am A5
    Serving him most barbarously
    C                       Am    Am7   Am
    They've hired men with sharp pitch forks
           C     D        Esus4         E Esus4 E
    Who pricked him to the heart...
            Dm            Am         C       G   Am A5   Am A5
    And the loader he has served him worse than that
              D     C  Am  G   Am A5   Am A5
    For he's bound him to the cart

    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5


             D             Am        C    G       Am A5   Am A5
    They've wheeled him around and around in the field
               D   C Am G  Am A5     Am A5
    'til they came onto a barn
         D          Am     C  G   Am A5   Am A5
    And there they made a solemn oath
         D   C    Am G  Am A5     Am A5
    On poor John Barleycorn
    C                            Am  Am7   Am
    They've hired men with the crab tree sticks
        C       D        Esus4         E Esus4 E
    to cut him skin from bone
            Dm             Am         C      G   Am A5   Am A5
    And the miller he has served him worse than that
                D       C    Am  G   Am A5   Am A5
    For he's ground him between two stones


    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5
    D   C  G   Am A5      Am A5

          D         Am           C  G      Am A5   Am A5
    And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl
            D    C  Am  G   Am A5     Am A5
    And he's brandy in the glass
          D          Am          C  G      Am A5   Am A5
    And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl
         D           Am   G  Am A5     Am A5
    Proved the strongest man at last
    C                       Am  Am7   Am
    The huntsman, he can't hunt the fox
           C      D        Esus4         E Esus4 E
    Nor so loudly blow his horn
            Dm        Am         C       G   Am A5   Am A5
    And the Tinker he can't mend kettle nor pots
            D        Am  G   A5
    Without a little Barlycorn


CHORDS:
       EADGBE
Esus4  O222OO
A5     OO22OO  or Asus2
Am7    OO2O1O
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lilsquash wrote on March 4 2013, 09:40 am

Crab Tree Sticks! I've been trying to catch that line for more than 30 years. There was no Internet when the young ladies in the train in Salzburg played the song for me way back then. Thanks for your interpretation, and this one is going into the repertoire tonight! The chords are slightly different from what they played then, but memory may have shifted things a little (I believe they played the anchor A as an A minor).

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