“John Barleycorn” is a Britishfolksong. The character of John Barleycorn in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky. In the song, John Barleycorn is represented as suffering attacks, death and indignities that correspond to the various stages of barley cultivation, such as reaping and malting. [via Wiki]
The picture above is of the Sir John Barleycorn public house, Wiki says that the character is fiction, but while being a citizen of the forest and living not too far away, we, forester that is, were led to believe stories that Sir John Barleycorn had something to do with King Rufus. Of course nothing can be found to verify this. It is therefore nice to actually believe it as part of forest tales. The lyric of the song varies so much over the years so it is possible the songs will have different verses. This pub is in Cadnam, New Forest, and just up the road about a mile was where King Rufus was killed, and another pub called Sir Walter Tyrell. They both have distant links. Below I have put three versions of the song a traditional version and a couple of more modern. I did find quite a few more but opted for these as a good representation.
I love this Stevie Winwood version and his old bands version from the 70’s.
This Joe Walsh is brilliant, slightly unusual, but great.
And of course had to put a more traditional version. Hoping it will give you all a good view to the song itself.
Something different for you all, folk songs that are traced from my part of the world. This one is based around the waters of Isle of Wight. Some of the most treacherous waters in the world.
If you like this music please let me know. I personally have taken to it and thought I take a change from my usual style. Now I say change my usual style, well maybe this is part of my style. So please guys enjoy thank you.
Music, what does it mean to you. Music to me opens the rivers of emotions, the pools of love and expression. We can actually talk through music, more or less say anything we wish. If we cannot find a song or a piece of music that says what we want, then we can write our own. No matter whether one can play an instrument we all have the ability to sing or hum or just write a few words to express our emotion of the moment.
A small piece of fun myself and a grand and dear friend of mine use to nominate, in turn, a song and then research it to find how many different versions and artists we could covering the particular song.
Today I challenge you all to find more of this song.. I have included a few fabulous versions.The song is a protest war song, not quite Dylan style.
If you refer to my first paragraph, you will notice the different versions by different artists and can they ignite different emotions in you as well,as they did with me. Even though in reality it is the same song, but different peoples take on it. Please take a little time and listen to all of them and let me know your favourite and the emotion that surfaces. Thank you.
So come on then guys let me start this first small challenge.
Firstly we start with the writer Derroll Adams, 1957
Second is Peter Seeger, well actually Ramblin’ Jack Elliot singing this. Next…
And Finally my fourth and last…Them.
Just a little word of warning my friends, if you do do a research, which I hope you do, beware because there is another song called Portland Town. It a very good song but it is not the same as what I have posted.