Rain On The Scarecrow


by John Cougar Mellencamp
Scarecrow on a wooden cross, blackbird in the barn
Four hundred empty acres that used to be my farm
Grew up like my daddy did, my grandpa cleared this land
When I was five I walked the fence while grandpa held my hand

F#m - - - / A - E - // (8x)

 C:	Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
This land fed a nation, this land make me proud
Son, I'm so sorry, there's no way to support you now
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow

D - - - /   / E - - - /   /  x4  / E - - - /   / D - - - /   / 
F#m - - - / A - E - /  x2  /  x2  /  x2  //

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'

 B:	And Grandma's on the front porch 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
Some nights I feel like dying, like that scarecrow in the rain

 C:	Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
This land fed a nation, this land make me proud
Son, I'm sorry, there's just memories for you now
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow

 C:	Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
This land fed a nation, this land make me proud
Son, I'm sorry, there's just memories for you now
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow



© 1985 John Mellencamp/Riva Records::  on his "Scarecrow"

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