Ayreheart Performs John Barleycorn

To be released in a studio version on February 26, 2016 on Ayreheart’s new CD, Barley Moon:John Barleycorn - Anon. Old English folk song dating back to the Renaissance

Performed by Ayreheart, live at “Early Music in Columbus” concert seriesFebruary 6, 2015 Capital University, Columbus, Ohio Brian Kay ~ vocals & luteRonn McFarlane ~ luteWillard Morris ~ colascioneMattias Rucht ~ percussion

Song Lyrics

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 plowed, they sowed, they harrowed him in, Threw clods upon his head,
And these three men made a solemn vow; John Barleycorn was dead.

They 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 let him stand 'til the Midsummer’s Day, 'til he looked both pale and wan,
And little Sir John he grew a long long beard and so become a man.

They hired men with the scythes so sharp to cut him off at the knee,
They rolled him and tied him by the waist, serving him most barbarously,
They hired men with the sharp pitchforks who pricked him to the heart,
And the loader he served him worse than that, for he bound him to the cart.

They hired men with the crabtree sticks to cut him skin from bone,
And the miller he served him worse than that, for he ground him between two stones.
And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl and whisky in the glass,
And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl proved the strongest man at last,
And the huntsman he can't hunt the fox nor so loudly to blow his horn,
And the tinker he can't mend kettles nor pots without a little barleycorn.