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    Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends / Lyrics

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    "Big Bad John" Lyrics

    Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends feat. Jimmy Dean

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    Every mornin' at the mine you could see him arrive
    He stood six foot six and weighed two-forty-five
    Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
    And everybody knew you didn't give no lip to Big John
    (Big John, big John), big bad John, (big John.)

    Nobody seemed to know where John called home
    Just drifted into town and stayed all alone
    He didn't say much, he's kinda quiet and shy
    And if you spoke at all you just said, "Hi" to Big John.

    Somebody said he came from New Orleans
    Where he got in a fight over a cajun queen
    And a crashin' blow from a huge right hand
    Sent a Louisiana fella to the promised land, Big John
    (Big John, big John), big bad John, (big John.)

    Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
    When a timber cracked and men started cryin'
    Miners were prayin' and hearts beat fast
    And everybody thought that they'd breathed their last, 'cept John.

    Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell
    Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
    Grabbed a saggin' timber and gave out with a groan
    And like a giant oak tree just stood there alone, big John.
    (Big John, big John), big bad John, (big John.)

    And with all of his strength he gave a mighty shove
    Then a miner yelled out, "There's a light up above."
    And twenty men scrambled from a would be grave
    Now there's only one left down there to save, big John.

    With jacks and timbers they started back down
    Then came that rumble way down in the ground
    And the smoke and gas belched out of that mine
    Everybody knew it was the end of the line, for Big John.
    (Big John, big John), big bad John, (big John.)

    Now they never reopened that worthless pit
    They just placed a marble stand in front of it
    These few words're written on that stand
    "At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man, big John."
    This song was submitted on July 11th, 2012 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Sony/atv Music Publishing Llc.
    Written by Jimmy Dean.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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