Rain on the scarecrow    (video)

 

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1. Scarecrow on a wooden cross, blackbird in the barn,

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††† four hundred empty acres that used to be my farm.

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††† I grew up like my daddy did, my grandpa cleared this land,

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††† when I was five I walked the fence while grandpa held my hand.

 

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this land fed a nation, this land made me proud.

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And son, Iím just sorry, thereís no legacy for you now !

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††† rain on the scarecrow, ††††††††blood on the plow.

 

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2. The crops we grew last summer werenít enough to pay the loans,

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††† couldnít buy the seed to plant this spring

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††† and the Farmers Bank foreclosed.

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††† Called my old friend Schepman up to auction off the land,

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††† he said: John, itís just my job and I hope you understand.

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††† Hey, calling it your job, old hoss, sure donít make it right,

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††† but if you want me to, Iíll say a prayer for your soul tonight.

 

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And grandmaís on the front porch swing with a bible in her hand,

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sometimes I hear her singing ďTake me to the promised landĒ,

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When you take away a manís dignity, he canít work his fields and cows.

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††† Blood on the scarecrow,††††††† blood on the plow,

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††† blood on the scarecrow,†††††††† blood on the plow.

 

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3. Well, thereís ninety-seven crosses planted in the courthouse yard,

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††† ninety-seven families who lost ninety-seven farms.

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††† I think about my grandpa, my neighbors and my name,

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††† and some nights I feel like dyiní like the scarecrow in the rain.

 

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this land fed a nation, this land made me proud.

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And, son, Iím just sorry, theyíre just memories for you now,

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††† Rain on the scarecrow,††††††† blood on the plow,

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††† rain on the scarecrow,†††††††† blood on the plow.

 

+repeat last CHORUS

 

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(orig. = capo 2nd)††† (John Cougar Mellencamp)