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Emily’s Barn

Emily’s Barn – 2:30 – I grew up on a farm, so did my parents and my grandparents. In Southern Ontario, the central – iconic – presence on the rural landscape is the big red “bank” barn. It was the center of everything on the farm. And growing up, first you played in it, then you helped out a bit, then you worked for a living in it.

But sometimes you played in it as well. When I performed this live for my Grandmother (she was pushing 90 at the time), she got the most secretive smile. Her expression was exactly like the cat that ate the cream. I didn’t want to know any more details, but apparently I got it about right.

 

Emily’s Barn                                    © 1997 by Dave Hadfield

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Emily’s barn was up on a hill — to explore the place was a great big thrill
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‘Cause I was still quite young and somewhat curious.
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We’d chase the calves into the stalls, and practice silly rooster calls
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And tease the bull until he got quite furious.
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And when it rained we’d go upstairs and spend a perfect day
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Playing tag or making giant castles in the hay,
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But even back at 12 years old, I did not need much to be told
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That the best darn thing about Emily’s barn was Emily.

[short instr]

Emily’s barn was where I’d go when I was old enough to throw
The bales up over my head to those who’d stack them.
We’d clean the barn and spread it wide, ripen up the world outside,
And flex new muscles at all those who lacked them.
Once a year they’d hold a dance upstairs on a Friday night,
And the action there was half of what was going on outside.
Though I found her hard to chase, I never did give up the race,
‘Cause the best darn thing about Emily’s barn was Emily.

[short instr]

Well here I am a Daddy now, still chasin’ steers and milkin’ cows,
And I just never seem to make much money.
But that’s okay I’ve work to do and though I’d like to make a few
More dollars, every day spent here is honey.
And though my kids come out to help me here or on the land,
What I like is when my sweetie lends a helping hand,
‘Cause when she helps me doin’ chores we lose the kids & lock the doors
And the best darn thing about Emily’s barn’s still Emily.
When she helps me doin’ chores we lose the kids & lock the doors
And the best darn thing about Emily’s barn’s still Emily.