The Barley Grain

A song in the key of Em

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Abc sheet music for Barley Grain, The
X:2257 T:Barley Grain, The R:song Z:id:hn-song-85 M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:3/8=120 K:Em B | B2B c2A | B2B G2A | B2B c2A | B3- B2 B | B2B cBA | B2B EEF | G2A B2A | G3 || G2F | E2E EEE | F2D D2F | E2E EEE | B3 B2B | e2E FED | E2F GGA | B2A G2F | E3- E2 || W:There were three farmers in the north, as they were passin' by W:They swore an oath, and a mighty oath, that the barley grain should die W: W:Chorus: W:With me rex fol-lol-de-dol-dairy oh, me rex fol-lol-de-dol-dee W:With me rex fol-lol-de-dol-dairy oh, and the barley grain for me. W: W:They put poor barley in a sack on a cold and rainy day, W:And they took him off to the cullin' fields and buried him in the clay, W: W:Frost and snow began to melt, and the dew began to fall, W:When barley grain put up his head, and soon surprised them all. W: W:Chorus W: W:Being in the summer season and the harvest coming on, W:It's then he stands up in the field with a beard like any man. W: W:Chorus W: W:The reaper came with his sickle and used me barbarously W:he caught me by the middle so small and he cut me above the knee W: W:Chorus W: W:The next came was the binder and he looked me with a frown W:but in the middle there was a thistle that pulled his courage down. W: W:Chorus W: W:The farmer came with his pitch fork and he pierced me to the heart W:like a thief, a rogue or a highwayman they tied me to the cart W: W:Chorus W: W:The thresher came with his big flail and soon he broke my bones, W:'twould grieve the heart of any man to hear my sighs and groans, W: W:Chorus W: W:The next thing that they done to me, they steeped me in a well W:They left me there for a day and a night and my middle began to swell. W: W:Chorus W: W:The next thing that they done to me, they dried me in the kiln, W:They used me ten times worse than that, they ground me in the mill, W: W:Chorus W: W:The barley grain is a comical grain, it makes men sigh and moan W:For when they drink a glass or two they forget their wife and home. W: W:Chorus W: W:The drunkard he's a terrible man he used me worst of all W:He drank me up in his dirty maw and pissed me against the wall. W: W:Chorus
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