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Rain On The Scarecrow Lyrics

Artist: John Mellencamp
Album: Rain On The Scarecrow

Scarecrow on a wooden cross Blackbird in the barn
Four hundred empty acres that used to be my farm
I grew up like my daddy did my grandpa cleared this land
When I was five I walked the fence while grandpa held my hand

CHORUS:
Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow
This land fed a nation This land made me proud
And Son I'm just sorry there's no legacy for you now
Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow

The crops we grew last summer weren't enough to pay the loans
Couldn't buy the seed to plant this spring and the Farmers Bank foreclosed
Called my old friend Schepman up to auction off the land
He said John it's just my job and I hope you understand
Hey calling it your job ol' hoss sure don't make it right
But if you want me to I'll say a prayer for your soul tonight
And grandma's on the front porch swing with a Bible in her hand
Sometimes I hear her singing "Take me to the Promised Land"
When you take away a man's dignity he can't work his fields and cows

There'll be blood on the scarecrow Blood on the plow
Blood on the scarecrow Blood on the plow

Well there's ninety-seven crosses planted in the courthouse yard
Ninety-seven families who lost ninety-seven farms
I think about my grandpa and my neighbors and my name
And some nights I feel like dyin' Like that scarecrow in the rain

CHORUS:
Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow
This land fed a nation This land made me proud
And Son I'm just sorry they're just memories for you now
Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow

Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow
This land fed a nation This land made me proud
And Son I'm just sorry they're just memories for you now
Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow
Comments/Interpretations
by Meg. on 12/11/2008 2:42pm
My comment would be that.....


THIS SONG IS AMAZING. One of the best political songs ever written. John Mellencamp is so talented. I love himmm.
by Sandra on 7/4/2009 4:11am
I LOVE this song My grandma lived off the land. she ran a dairy farm with "hired hands",baled hay,cooked the help supper,and still taught me to crochet!What an amazing time to live
by halim from Morocco on 8/10/2009 3:41pm
this song is just musical it shows part of the AMERICAN FAILURE IN DEALING WITH INTERNAL PROBLEMS.OF COURSE THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO OFFENSES BEHIND THIS COMMENT.
by Pat from Wisconsin on 10/24/2010 12:51am
Actually halim I am offended by what you say. This is not a failure dealing with internal problems, this is symptom of a very successful welfare state. Who needs farmers when you can just hold out your hand and a government puts something into it.
by BogusFiasco of Tasmania on 12/15/2010 7:20pm
In the 21st century it is the major food corporations producing low-quality subsidised food that is the problem.
Buy fresh food, support farmers, forget fast food.
It will kill you.
by sds on 12/8/2012 5:56am
Song says it all bout the 80s farm crisis when all the banks foreclosed on farmers some hardest hit in Iowa , now it could be about corporate farms and how the dream of the family farm has died .
by Farmers rule! on 5/14/2014 10:29am
This song is the best, as bunch of you before me have already siad : Also i ould like to say that I FARMERS!!!
by Music fan on 5/14/2014 10:49am
sds, i am doing a school summative on this song, and am wondering what you meant when you said what the songs about,what Is the song about, and do you know what the social movement/social commentary this song's attached to?
thanks


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