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    "John Henry" Lyrics

    Roger McGuinn

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    Well John Henry was a little baby
    Sittin' on his daddy's knee
    He picked up a hammer and
    a little piece of steel
    And cried, "Hammer's gonna
    be death of me, Lord, Lord
    Hammer's gonna be the death of me"

    Now the captain he
    said to John Henry
    "I'm gonna bring that
    steam drill around
    I'm gonna bring that
    steam drill out on these tracks
    I'm gonna knock that
    steel on down, God, God
    I'm gonna knock that
    steel on down"

    John Henry told his captain
    "Lord a man ain't noth' but a man
    But before I let that steam drill
    beat me down
    I'm gonna die with a hammer
    in my hand, Lord, Lord
    I'll die with a hammer in my hand"

    John Henry driving
    on the right side
    That steam drill driving
    on the left
    Says, "Fore I let your
    steam drill beat me down
    I'm gonna hammer
    myself to death, Lord, Lord,
    I'll hammer my fool self to death"

    Well captain said to John Henry
    "What is that storm I hear?"
    John Henry said, "That
    ain't no storm captain
    That's just my hammer
    in the air, Lord, Lord
    That's just my hammer in the air"

    John Henry said to his shaker
    "Shaker, why don't you sing?
    Cause I'm swingin' thirty pounds
    from my hips on down
    Yeah, listen to my cold steel
    ring, Lord Lord

    Listen to my cold steel ring"

    John Henry he hammered
    in the mountains
    His hammer was striking fire
    But he worked so hard;
    it broke his heart
    John Henry laid down his hammer
    and died, Lord, Lord

    John Henry laid down his hammer and died

    Well, now John Henry
    he had him a woman
    By the name of Polly Ann
    She walked out to those tracks
    Picked up John Henry's hammer
    Polly drove steel like a man, Lord, Lord
    Polly drove that steel like a man

    Well every, every Monday morning
    When a blue bird he began to sing
    You could hear John Henry
    from a mile or more
    You could hear John Henry's hammer
    ring, Lord, Lord
    You can hear John Henry's hammer ring
    I say, You can John Henry's
    hammer ring, Lord, Lord
    You can John Henry's
    hammer ring
    This song was submitted on August 18th, 2013 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © BRASSTACKS ALLIANCE, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
    Written by J Baird, Pd Traditional.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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