Mellencamp, John - Rain On The Scarecrow Lyrics



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

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

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 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




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  1. Caralyn Bryan

    this is australia now..very sad

  2. boolat laRina

    I remember what my biology teacher told us long time ago, he said the most important people on the planet are the farmers, not the president, the Queen, the politicians etc. THE FARMERS. Someday human will fight over food and lots of money will mean nothing at all, that day will come sooner than we expected. I hope I will be dead by then.

  3. Price Pittsburgh

    Welcome to the Jungle lifted this melody

  4. Christopher Perry

    When you take away a man’s dignity, you better take away his life.

  5. hank fontaine

    They laugh & control the banks, the Titanic they sank, they'll pay below in the Fires of Sheol

  6. geo mundi

    to this day farmers are burdened with BS permits and nonsense taxes combined with shitty foreign policy. Trump is actually trying to negotiate a better deal for farmers? Why do we have to give away our crops for the price of dirt?

  7. Chris RJ

    It's a good thing we don't have a president who screws over the farmers anymore.

  8. jeff e

    wow 937 thumbs down!!not to sad!!!

  9. Tony Dardi

    When the man jokes in the beginning and asks the cameraman if he wants to buy a farm was great... but it’s not funny. These men work themselves to death ...... literally.

  10. Deb Dunn

    Scarecrow album and Carole Kings Tapestry album, are my equal number 1's in my vinyl collection. Only 2 albums that every song I love.

  11. Tuxy's Magical Jukebox

    He is so great! What an american treasure!

  12. Jean Francois

    This song is about people. Not politicians and Bank

  13. Mark Harper

    John and his music have stood the test of time.

  14. Michael Covington

    then we got a President that changed all that...god bless Donald J Trump

    Jackson Rhoads

    TRUMP/PENCE 2020

  15. Jackson Greiner

    This morning 1:30am I'm wide awake in bed listening to my local rock station and out of the blue this comes on! I was in shock! I swear this is the first time that station has played this song and I've been listening to it for at least 5 years!

  16. William Fargus

    More than 4 million views , nothing changes!!!!!

  17. ChipBoxingVids

    @ 4:18 did he hit him? 😂😂😂

  18. Danielle Summer

    Black Red

  19. shoulderlift

    Someone knows the name of that handsome bearded guy in the middle at 0:04 ? So sexy!

  20. tim kat

    WATCHING THIS VIDEO FROM BAYTOWN,TEXAS 1_2_2020

  21. Dino Verica

    This song is SO DAMN AWESOME & POIGNANT! And John writes so from the heart...I'm a city boy and I'll be damned if this don't make me feel like a country boy and the struggle they endured...God bless the farmer & their families

  22. strattuner

    thank god for the man who tills the earth for the rest of us,you are valuable to the whole human race,for the children,take the government out of the lives of those who feed us,bastards only know how to tax and take,god bless America again lord

  23. charles mann

    I know the road.....

  24. Wardup04

    God bless our AMAZING President. USMCA? For the love of GOD! Let’s throw it down and LOVE it! Bless UNITED STATES! Why are we this slow? LOVE THIS COUNTRY!

  25. Gregory Cook

    I have been listening to John for over 35 years. Just a true to the bone rock and roll musician. Great in concert. Had the pleasure to see him 3 times.

  26. Petunia Wigglebottom

    His best song.

  27. Chris Peek

    In the early 80s, the USDA 'PIK' program paid farmers not to grow certain crops. The farmer is at the mercy of the weather, commodity prices, competition from other countries, etc.

  28. Colin Harrington

    Great song

  29. Adam Weston

    I bought the album in 1986 and I played it to all my friends who like me had never heard of John mellencamp and they all loved it and we all became big fans of his music and I still have the album I bought back then and I cherish it dearly.thanks John.

  30. finalvoyage35

    "Ya take away a man's dig when you take away his fields and cows" so true today and then. To see our great farmers villianized by the Greta Thurnbergs and the Vegan agenda hurts especially crop prices are so low.

  31. Richard lickson

    Need one of them hats

  32. Semperfi2011

    How does the ruling class deal with dissent such as this? Obliterate white society and replace it with 3rd world that is grateful for whatever peanuts are thrown their way.

  33. John Smith

    You boys are gonna get fair pr.. .

  34. John Smith

    We the people and President Trump!!!!

  35. John Smith

    More loansPresident TRUMP just charge this!!!

  36. Theresa Oldham

    It's simple - no farms, no food.  Such a shame that people don't get that.

  37. Jamie Colburn

    Wot ever u recon Bruce Springsteen

  38. Blaine Samuelson

    Farmer's should always rule..Where would we be WITHOUT them?? Just think about it, please!

  39. sergio duran

    This is happening again, large corporations are buying farms owned by families for generations. This great country is being torn apart by individuals trying to amass the most wealth and power and ordinary people are paying the price.

  40. Sunspot Dawn

    Farmers didn't commit suicide.
    Someone wanted the properties for drug production.
    Wake up.

  41. The Shawn Murphy Journal

    I support Canadian dairy farmers not you mr Trump we have the best produced milk in the world

  42. Estela A

    Great songwriter, and still so relevant today. Love this song - great music

  43. Matthew Anderson

    Accurate

  44. Jeff Woods

    Eleven million dollars a day goes to Israel...

    Mike G

    What if $11 million dollars a day went to the farmers.

  45. Julie Reid

    there was a song about farming called "Sugarland" that Springsteen wrote for "Born In the USA" that didn't make it on the album, Bruce did play it live during the tour, though.

  46. EPMGFM

    They were pulling this shit back in the 50s. My grandpa got out of the business, he was a dairy farmer for around 20 years. My cousins tried it out it in Nebraska, they said it's a losing battle.

  47. Doug Bechdel

    "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

    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

  48. John Mills

    Thanks JM for your work to help Americas AG families from the beginning! My family lost their 10K acre 6 generation multiple homesteaded cattle/sheep ranch in WY in the late 80's. I was in high school and was literally living Jack and Diane! I ended up with an Agra-business degree from the University of WY which taught me that leftist propaganda lead the US government to promote a false narrative about US ag products which put US Ag produces out of business with the false narrative that it would benefit the global good. I don't think the average american will ever realize what a disaster Jimmy Carter's leftist agricultural policies were in the early to mid 70's)! He crushed middle america's ranching families with his leftist global policies of importing Argentine grass fed beef and the big fallacy that New Zealand lamb was better than rocky mt west raised lamb. Not to mention his Russian Grain embargo's and what that did to american farmers. Thanks JM for always singing about middle america! I live in the PNW now and I am amazed at the residents lack of respect for the intelligence of the american people that live inland. I don't think the either coast has any respect for "middle america" and I think it will once again be their failure when the presidential ballots are counted!

  49. Curtis Jackson

    My mom went to school with JCM I’m from his home town and people need to realize that without farmers we have nothing god bless the farmers of the USA

  50. Todd Ricketts

    Thats what the Democrats created for our future GOD BLESS AMERICA

  51. Dennis

    Farmers are the best people .... hard working - love all of them ... THANK YOU for all you do

  52. Jim Smith

    TRUMP 2020

  53. Rose Willis

    I been here my whole life lord I’ve seen so many small farms go under!

  54. Rose Willis

    God bless you John I too been on a farm in ky. Thank you for speaking right for the farmers!

  55. NCMEagel

    Black Burrrrrrn n the Barrrrrrrn😎😂

  56. Rob S

    And it continues to this day. Weather modification causing failure to plant. If you did get planted it was late. If you need to dry your harvest there’s a propane shortage. Banks foreclosing on farms and the Fed scooping up those farms with their freshly printed dollars.

  57. Wayne Raston

    Some of these places filmed I recognize. My brother's kids were baptized in the church in the video. Roger Kilgas was the auctioneer. Most was filmed in west/southwest Jackson County.

  58. Ken Lowe

    No farms no food.

  59. Justine Robison

    I remember that year rough yearb

  60. George Manifase

    Honey Do

  61. George Manifase

    Melloncramp

  62. George Manifase

    Devil in a blue dress.

  63. George Manifase

    Same shame after the theft.

  64. Brian K

    My great uncle came here from Eastern Europe In 1960 he made a farm in Illinois, because the communist closed down his farm in Europe. Now the same totalitarian socialist communist scum in Illinois want to shut down his farm.

  65. Dana Sleeper

    We All Remember, Especially The Farmers, Way Back Then in The Era Of Farm Aid, Sold out then, and before and Now We Have a President Standing Up For The Farmers and The Every Day Working Man, Fair and reciprocal Trade Grows and stabilizes the economy, We All Knew It then and now, Thank You President Donald J Trump For Standing up to the Corrupt Politicians Who Sold Us out year after year, and for negotiating Fair Trade For ALL Americans!!! You Stand Up For Us And We Stand With You, Americans Appreciate You, And Will Not Forget You!!

  66. Matthew G.

    lol this song

  67. stevieray56

    The album, Scarecrow, was released around the same time as the first Farm Aid show and would be a massive hit with a bevy of smash singles. The song, “Rain On The Scarecrow”, led off the album, and although it wouldn’t do much on the charts, it holds up as well if not better than any of those hits some forty years after the fact. John Mellencamp wrote the song with frequent collaborator George Green, and he explained their process in an interview with Rolling Stone.


    “Our songs always came about the same way: talk around the kitchen table,” Mellencamp recalled. “I had just played ‘Small Town’ for him. He said, “I don’t know why these towns are going out of business” – towns like Freetown and Dudleytown, Indiana. We couldn’t figure out why they were disappearing. We did our research and wrote this song – Reagan had been using grain against the Soviet Union and all sorts of other things. Talking to people was heartbreaking. Nobody wanted to lose their farm.”


    That sense of heartbreak mixes with potent anger as Mellencamp inhabits the harried protagonist with uncanny authenticity in one of his most memorable vocal efforts. Amidst stomping drums and cutting guitars, he sets the scene with brutal efficiency in the first few lines: “Scarecrow on a wooden cross, blackbird in the barn/Four hundred empty acres that used to be my farm.”


    Note how this poor soul brings all of the family’s generations into the narrative: His grandfather and father, who bequeath to him the land that is now of no use; his grandmother, who survives and sings gospel songs asking for a higher power to intervene; and his son, who is now left without a legacy. Mellencamp nails the little idioms that give the song a sense of place, such as the way he calls the auctioneer “Ol’ Hoss.” He is also on point about the sad cycle of defeat that the farmer encounters: Not enough crop sales to pay off debt, too much debt to buy seed, and, ultimately, foreclosure.


    In the final verse, the music drops away and Mellencamp brings this tragedy home with scorching intensity. First he reveals the scoreboard where everybody loses: “Well there’s 97 crosses planted in the courthouse yard/And 97 families who lost 97 farms.” He then describes the emotional impact: “I think about my grandpa, my neighbors, and my name/And some nights I feel like dyin’ like a scarecrow in the rain.” He shouts that last line out as if aiming for some kind catharsis, but the monotone refrain offers no such mercy.
    “Rain On The Scarecrow” ranks with The Band’s “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” and Don Henley’s “A Month Of Sundays” as one of the best songs about the sadder side of the farming life.

  68. John Smith

    Anti white,, male pre SJW bullshit!

  69. dannyd1572

    :37 Great timing

  70. Sparkles The Cat

    That whole album is good.

  71. hank fontaine

    Many sell souls for magical & musical arts ,some for power & control practice the black arts

  72. brian noriega

    We all owe a debt to the American Farmer. God Bless America.

  73. Michael bagley

    All of this is extremely relevant to what's going on today. Farmers are once again under the gun, facing, bankruptcy, and death by suicide thanks to 45's unnecessary trumped up Trade War.

  74. George Manifase

    I saddle up my cattle and move em north. Rain on the Scarecrow Blood on the Plow. How now Brow cow?

  75. jeff e

    882 people dont understand the song for sure!!sad but true.

  76. Tommy True

    What does the guy say @ 0:37 that makes them all laugh?

  77. Ronn Ron

    God bless the farmers the preacher ron Nashville

  78. K B

    As important today as ever. When will we learn?

  79. Jimmy Braum

    2019, and its still going on

  80. Jimmy Braum

    2019, and its still going on

  81. Miriam W.

    @3:11 he isn’t lip syncing

  82. Ford Farming

    As a struggling dairy farmer the thought of selling everything I’ve ever had just kills me I hope it never comes down to it. It’s what my family has done on the same ground for 7 generations and almost 200 years. Just keeping my head to the grindstone and never quitting

    ih1206

    Ford Farming hang in there man. I’ve watched my old man nearly loose it all trying to keep the farm going and he survived. My brother and I are stepping into new roles as he tries to retire now. It’s hard to start farming, it’s hard to keep the family legacy going.

  83. Loo Loo

    Trump just did more for the farmers in 2019 than all other presidents combined. The farmers can't even produce at their current rate enough product for the deal Trump just cut for them. Trump says buy a bigger tractor.

  84. Phil P.

    Toute ma jeunesse !!!

  85. GARRY HIXON

    RAIN ON THE SCARECROW........BLOOD ON THE PLOW......JOHN MELLENCAMP FARM AID......THE LITTLE FARMS GO WAYSIDE TO THE BIG INDUSTRIAL FARMS........YES FOLKS

  86. Sandy Sizemore

    How the hell did Teddy Melloncamp never know her dad as John Cougar?? Dumb Ass

  87. John Smith

    Enough to make a grown man cry.....

  88. MerkinMuffly

    Who's listening to this song in 2020? Yeah, me neither, but soon, very soon ...

  89. Jamie Lyn Guzman

    Sad this might be more relevant today than ever

  90. Tread Knought

    Mellencamp was singing about the problem. Gordon Kahl was doing something about it.

  91. nuggetella Citizen

    Brilliant song, whose value's are more relevant now than ever, including your other brilliant contribution, more than ever! It's been an absolute pleasure having you in my daily life from the moment I first heard Jack & Dianne & ROCK in the USA. Great mountains of respect to you and your family & friends good sir!

  92. Joseph Sharpe

    I feel for the farmer I do but how many families are trying to live off a 1500 hundred acre farm the days of the small farmer are over if you don’t 6000 acres or more you might as well quit. It’s become a corporation instead of trying to make a living doing what you like. I’m sure the gentleman at the beginning of this video are great farmers hopefully they are still in business

  93. Derek Healey

    Look aftet the aussy farmer dipshit pollo's. Bar pauline go girl💪💪

  94. Sandy Sizemore

    Best song” Rain on the scarecrow” you go John with your bad self! Bithchen song, tears are flowing 😭😭😢😢😭😭😰😰😰😰

  95. Old Dog City Pound

    Wake up people, the government is our real enemy. Remember this
    United we stand, Devided we fall.
    Don't fall for governmental B.S.
    POWER TO THE PEOPLE ✊

  96. Dan Nick

    This song was written in 1985, 34 years later we are still facing the same problems. Something is wrong with society.