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    Big Bill Broonzy / Lyrics

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    "John Henry" Lyrics

    Big Bill Broonzy

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    Yeah!
    Johnny told his old Captain
    'Man, a-when you go downtown
    Bring me back the nine pounds hammer'
    I got to drive this steel on down
    I got to drive this steel on down

    You see, Johnny's hammer
    Hit the mighty boiler
    The hammer caught on fire
    Now, the last word I heard
    The poor boy say
    'I want a cool drink a-water 'fore I die'
    'Yeah, a cool drink a-water 'fore I die'

    Yeah, Johnny's wife
    She heard that Johnny was dead
    And she couldn't have stayed in bed
    Oh, now Monday mornin'
    Caught the eastbound train
    She said, I'm g'wine where my man fell dead
    'Yeah! I'm goin' where my man fell dead'

    ('Look out!')

    (harmonica & instrumental)

    Woo-ha! Woo-ha! Woo!

    Woo! Woo!

    (Woo! Lord, have mercy, too)

    (Ease your mind)

    (Yeah!)
    Johnny's wife, she wore
    A brand new dress (say)
    And it was trimmed in blue
    (Pretty thing)
    Yeah, the last were the words
    Said to him, oh Lord, now
    'Honey, I been good to you'
    'Yeah, honey I been good to you'

    Well, they carried Little John
    To the graveyard (boys, listen)
    They looked at him good and long
    Now, the last were the words
    If you hear me, oh Lord
    'Oh my husband, he is dead and gone'
    That's what she said
    She said, 'My husband, he is dead and gone'
    'Yeah, my husband he is dead and gone'

    Yeah, when John Henry was a baby
    You could hold him in the paddles of your hand
    When everytime they'd rock him, cried
    (They say 'He sho' gonna be a little man')
    ('Yeah, he sho' gon' be a little man')

    Yeah, who gonna buy yo' pretty shoes then?
    And who gonna roll yo' cheek?

    FADES-

    She said, 'My daddy gonna buy my pretty lil'
    And John Henry gonna roll my cheek
    And John Henry gonna roll my cheek
    (That what it said)
    A-John Henry gonna roll my cheek.

    ~
    This song was submitted on November 28th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Roba Music, Universal Music Publishing Group.
    Written by Hylo Brown.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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