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John Henry Lyrics by Lead Belly

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Lead Belly John Henry Lyrics
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 1 Yes, I Was Standing in the Bottom
 2 Yes, I'm Going Down to Louisiana
 3 I Ain't Going Down to the Well No More
 4 Dick Ligger's Holler
 5 Miss Liza Jane
 6 Dog Latin Song

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 7 Leaving Blues
 8 Go Down, Old Hannah
 9 Blue Tail Fly
10 Nobody in This World Is Better Than Us
11 We're in the Same Boat, Brother
12 Looky, Looky Yonder
13 Jolly O' the Ransom

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14 Old Ship of Zion
15 Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy
16 Mistreatin' Mamma
17 Black Betty
18 Ain't Goin Down to the Well No More
19 I'm Going Back Down in Louisiana
20 I Don't Know You, What Have I Done

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21 Rock Island Line Lyrics
22 Old Man, Will Your Dog Catch a Rabbit?
23 Shorty George
24 Stewball Lyrics
25 Bottle up & Go
26 You Know I Got to Do It
27 Ain't It a Shame to Go Fishin' on a Sunday

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28 I Ain't Gonna Drink Anymore
29 Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
30 My Lindy Lou
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John Henry Lyrics by Lead Belly

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

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Lomax, Alan / Taylor, Earl
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