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In Mudcat MIDIs:
John Barleycorn Is a Hero Bold [written by Joseph Bryan Geoghegan in 1859 or 1860]
Subject: Tune Req: Tune for Hey John Barleycorn|
From: GUEST,Lil Dog Turpy
Date: 07 Feb 04 - 12:36 AM
I have been searching for the tune for "Hey John Barleycorn, Ho John Barleycorn". I can remember the chorus fine but can't for the life of me remember the verse tune. The chorus in abc is
d4 d4 |c3 B A4 |B4 B4 |A3 G F4 |E2 F2 G2 A2 |B2 c2 d4 |d4 cB c2 |d8 |]
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tune for Hey John Barleycorn|
From: masato sakurai
Date: 07 Feb 04 - 01:10 AM
The lyrics are in the DT, as JOHN BARLEYCORN (2). The sheet music is at DT Mirror (click here).
Subject: Tune Add: John Barleycorn Is a Hero Bold|
From: Artful Codger
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 06:12 PM
According to Malcolm Douglas, the tune for "Hey, John Barleycorn" in the DT entry "JOHN BARLEYCORN (2)" was taken from Kennedy's "Folksongs of Britain & Ireland", and was collected by Bob Copper from John Attrill of Fittleworth in Sussex, in 1954.
The original song was written by Joseph Bryan Geoghegan in 1859 or 1860, to a substantially different tune. The original title was "John Barleycorn Is A Hero Bold." The lyrics were close to those given in the DT entry (and in the "A Tale of Ale" thread), except that Geoghegan's fourth verse was not given in those entries:
Then shout for great John Barleycorn,
Nor heed the luscious vine.
I've not the mind much charm to find,
In potent draught of wine.
Give me my native nut-brown ale,
All other drinks I scorn
True English cheer is English beer.
Our own John Barleycorn.
Source: The Bodleian Library ballads site, B 20(81). Printer: J. Harkness, Preston; between 1840 and 1866. Series: 1220.
Here is a transcription of the original tune, from sheet music scans sent me by Steve Gardham:
In addition to the links Masato provided, see also:
Thread on "John Barleycorn"
In particular, see Malcolm Douglas's posts, in which he provides historical notes and links to broadside versions of this song--and usefully distinguishes it from the other John Barleycorn songs.
Thread on "A Tale of Ale"
Thread on J.B. Geoghegan
Parody "Non-Barleycorn" derived from Geoghegan's song.
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