"King Harvest (Has Surley Come)" as written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin....
Corn in the fields
Listen to the rice when the wind blows 'cross the water
King Harvest has surely come

I work for the union 'cause she's so good to me
And I'm bound to come out on top
That's where she said I should be
I will hear every word the boss may say
For he's the one who hands me down my pay
Looks like this time I'm gonna get to stay
I'm a union man, now, all the way

The smell of the leaves,
From the magnolia trees in the meadow
King Harvest has surely come

Dry summer, then comes fall,
Which I depend on most of all
Hey, rainmaker, can't you hear the call?
Please let these crops grow tall

Long enough I've been up on Skid Row
And it's plain to see, I've nothing to show
I'm glad to pay those union dues,
Just don't judge me by my shoes

Scarecrow and a yellow moon,
And pretty soon a carnival on the edge of town
King Harvest has surely come

Last year, this time, wasn't no joke,
My whole barn went up in smoke
Our horse Jethro, well he went mad
And I can't remember things bein' that bad

Then there comes a man with a paper and a pen
Tellin' us our hard times are about to end
And then, if they don't give us what we like
He said, "Men, that's when you gotta go on strike"

Corn in the fields
Listen to the rice when the wind blows 'cross the water
King Harvest has surely come


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"King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    General Commenti love this song..it's so uplifting. meaning seems pretty obvious..unless there's some underlying metaphor i've completely passed by. i love the opening riff.
    ms. mary annon June 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI also love it ... but it's not uplifting. About a farmer who's had bad times, had to sell out, joined a union, and trying to convince himself that everything's now going to be much better.

    But you can hear in Richard Manuel's the desperation - the forced optimism. Somehow, we feel, it's not going to turn out as he says.
    Zeronadaon January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy own interpretation is it's not specifically about a farmer...it's more about working for the promise of something better...which never quite materiaises.
    noisyminorityon February 13, 2011   Link
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    General Comment*materialises*
    noisyminorityon February 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentProbably my favorite song by the Band, the unique timings, the unusual softness of the chorus, mixed with more upbeat verses. Just outstanding. One of the greatest songs of all time in my opinion. The meaning comes from unions organized from 1927-1935 in the south for farmers. Wish I knew more but the way The Band evokes imagery from a bleak time that they never even really lived through or lived in is simply incredible. Long live Robbie Robertson and The Band. Their name really is truthful. They ARE THE BAND. The Band is one of the greatest musical groups of all time, which is why they deserve their name.
    AlkalineTrioFanon August 16, 2011   Link

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