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Pete Seeger John / Henry Lyrics
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 1 Last Train To Nuremberg Lyrics
 2 Power And The Glory, The Lyrics
 3 John Henry
 4 Sinking Of The Reuben James, The Lyrics
 5 East Virginia Lyrics
 6 Hobo's Lullaby Lyrics
 7 Waist Deep In the Big Muddy

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 8 Draft Dodger Rag Lyrics
 9 Pretty Boy Floyd Lyrics
10 Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Lyrics
11 Bells Of Rhymney, The
12 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
13 Guantanamera Lyrics
14 If I Had a Hammer

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15 Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
16 We Shall Overcome
17 Those Three Are on My Mind Lyrics
18 Living in the Country
1 Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
2 Both Sides Now Lyrics
3 Pill, The
4 Coal Creek March

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5 Jesse James
6 Talking Union Lyrics
7 Which Side Are You On? Lyrics
8 Harry Simms Lyrics
9 Little Boxes
10 My Oklahoma Home Blowed Away
11 Darling Corey
12 Barbara Allen Lyrics
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John / Henry Lyrics by Pete Seeger

John Henry was about three days old,
Sittin' on his papa's knee.
He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel;
Said, "Hammer's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord.
Hammer's gonna be the death of me."
The captain said to John Henry
"Gonna bring that steam drill 'round.
Gonna bring that steam drill out on the job.
Gonna whop that steel on down. Down,
Whop that steel on down."
John Henry told his captain,
"A man ain't nothin' but a man,
But before I let your steam drill beat me
I'd die with a hammer in my hand. Lord,
I'd dies with a hammer in my hand."
John Henry said to his shaker,
"Shaker, why don't you sing?
I'm throwin' thirty pounds from my hips on
Just listen to that cold steel ring. Lord, Lord.
Listen to that cold steel ring."
The man that invented the stream drill
Thought he was mighty fine,
But John Henry made fifteen feet;
The steam drill only made nine. Lord, Lord.
The steam drill only made nine.
John Henry hammered in the mountain
His hammer was striking fire.
But he worked so hard, he broke his poor
He laid down his hammer and he died. Lord,
He laid down his hammer and he died.
John Henry had a little woman.
Her name was Polly Ann.
John Henry took sick and went to his bed.
Polly Ann drove steel like a man. Lord,
Polly Ann drove steel like a man.
John Henry had a little baby.
You could hold him in the palm of your
The last words I heard that poor boy say,
"My daddy was steel-driving man. Lord,
My daddy was a steel-driving."
Well, every Monday morning
When the bluebirds begin to sing.
You can hear John Henry a mile or more.
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring.
Lord, Lord.
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring.

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