Rain on the Scarecrow

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John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951) is an American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in th… more »

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

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Rain on the scarecrow blood on the plow 
This land fed a nation this land made me proud 
And son I'm just sorry theres 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 its just my job and I hope you understand 
Hey calling it your job ol hoss sure dont make it right 
But if you want me to Ill say a prayer for your soul tonight 
And grandmas 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 mans dignity he cant 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 dying like that scarecrow in the rain

[Chorus]

Rain on the scarecrow blood on the plow 
This land fed a nation this land made me so 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

Written by: GEORGE GREEN, GEORGE MICHAEL GREEN, JOHN MELLENCAMP

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