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    Woody Guthrie / Lyrics

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    "John Henry" Lyrics

    Woody Guthrie feat. Cisco Houston

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    John Henry, when he was a baby
    Settin' on his mammy's knee
    Picked up an hammer in his little right hand
    Said, "Hammer be the death of me, me, me
    Hammer be the death of me"

    Some say he's born in Texas
    Some say he's born up in Maine
    I just say he was a Louisiana man
    Leader of a steel-driving chain gang
    Leader on a steel-driving gang

    Well, the Captain said to John Henry
    "I'm gonna bring my steam drill around
    Gonna bring my steam drill out on the job
    Gonna whup that steel on down, down, down
    Whup that steel on down"

    John Henry said to the Captain
    (What he say?)
    "You can bring your steam drill around
    You can bring your steam drill out on the job
    I'll beat your steam drill down, down, down
    Beat your steam drill down"

    John Henry said to his Shaker
    "Shaker, you had better pray
    If you miss your six feet of steel
    I'll be your buryin' day, day, day
    I'll be your buryin' day"

    Now, the Shaker said to John Henry
    (Yes sir)
    "Man ain't nothing but a man
    (No he ain't)
    But before I'd let that steam drill beat me down
    (I believe him)
    I'd die with an hammer in my hand, hand, hand
    (I believe him)
    I'd die with an hammer in my hand"

    John Henry had a little woman
    Her name was Polly Anne
    John Henry took sick and was laid up in bed
    While Polly handled steel like a man, man, man
    Polly handled steel like a man

    They took John Henry to the graveyard
    Laid him down in the sand
    Every locomotive comin' a-rolling by
    Hollered, there lies a steel-drivin' man, man, man
    There lies a steel-drivin' man
    There lies a steel-drivin' man, man, man
    There lies a steel-drivin' man
    This song was submitted on October 10th, 2013 and last modified on November 28th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
    Written by ARTHUR BURNETTE LYMAN, PD TRADITIONAL.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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