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John Barleycorn chords

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Capo 7

D  C G  Am A5 2x                                 A5: x02200

      D          Am       C   G      Am A5  Am A5
There were three men came out of the west,
      D        C   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    G    Am A5  Am A5
John Barleycorn must die.

        C                 Am    G       Am
They've ploughed, they've sewn, they've harrowed him in;
      C        D        Esus      E Esus   E
threw clods at Barley's head
    Dm          Am         C G    Am A5  Am A5
And these three men made a solemn vow:
     D     C    G   Am A5  Am A5
John Barleycorn was dead.

D  C G  Am A5  Am A5 4x

        D       Am        C    G    Am A5  Am A5
They've let him lie for a very long time,
          D          C      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     G    Am A5  Am A5
and so amazed them all.

        C       Am     G    Am
They've let him stand ‘till midsummer's day,
      C              D        Esus   E  Esus  E
‘till 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    G Am A5  Am A5
and so become a man.

D  C G  Am A5  Am A5 4x

        D     Am           C       G  Am A5  Am A5
They've hired men with the scythes so sharp,
   D       C   G      Am A5  Am A5
to cut him off at the knee
        D              Am       C  G   Am A5  Am A5
They've rolled him and tied him by the waist,
        D        C  G     Am A5  Am A5
servin' him most barbarously.

        C     Am  G        Am
They've hired men with the sharp pitchforks,
    C           D      Esus    E  Esus  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  G   Am A5  Am A5
for he's bound him to the cart

D  C G  Am A5  Am A5 4x

        D            Am         C     G   Am A5  Am A5
They've wheeled him around and around the field,
           D      C  G Am A5  Am A5
‘till they came unto a barn
    D          Am     C G    Am A5  Am A5
And there they made a solemn oath,
   D         C  G  Am A5  Am A5
on poor John Barleycorn.

        C     Am  G        Am
They've hired men with the crab-tree sticks,
   C       D         Esus    E  Esus  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     G   Am A5  Am A5
for he's ground him between two stones.

D  C G  Am A5  Am A5 4x

    D          Am           C   G     Am A5  Am A5
And little Sir John and the nut-brown bowl,
         D      C  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         C   G  Am A5  Am A5
proved the strongest man at last.

    C    Am   G        Am
The huntsman, he can't hunt the fox,
       C         D        Esus    E  Esus  E
nor so loudly to blow his horn
        Dm        Am         C      G   Am A5  Am A5
And the tinker he can't mend kettle nor pots,
    D            C  G  A  (end with High A note on the fifth fret)
without a little Barleycorn 

            
            
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asaunbound 10 Jan 31, 2014 04:48 AM

perfect chords. this is the best version.

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nomoralcompass 10 Jun 05, 2017 08:55 AM

Agreed. This is the best version out there, and there are several. Coincidentally, this is also the easiest version to play.

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Stub_Mandrel 11 2 days ago

Excellent!

Minor criticism, this uses some words little used today.
Sown not sewm (to plant seeds)
Wan not worn (colourless)

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