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- Written by
- Joseph B. Geoghegan
[Roud 2141; Ballad Index K277; Bodleian Roud 2141]
John Barleycorn is a hero bold as any in the land,
For ages good his fame has stood and will for ages stand.
The whole wide world respect him no matter friend or foe,
And where they be that makes too free he's sure to lay them low.
Chorus (after each verse):
Hey, John Barleycorn, ho, John Barleycorn,
Old and young thy praise have sung, John Barleycorn.
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