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Thread #14888   Message #130282
Posted By: Marion
01-Nov-99 - 12:28 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Meaning of John Barleycorn
Subject: Meaning of John Barleycorn
Hello folks. I'm trying to understand the overall plot of the song "John Barleycorn" (in the DT).

Is it simply about the raising and brewing of barley? Or is a more complicated plot about men trying to overcome the power of beer and failing (i.e. they bury the barley in an attempt to get rid of it, but it grows in spite of them etc.)?

Hope someone can help, thanks, Marion