John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) Take 1

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John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) Take 1-Furry Lewis
Vestapol tuning, with a slide

INTRO

John Henry said to his captain,
"Lord, a man ain't nothin' but a man.
Before I'll be beaten by the steel-driving gang,
Lord, I'll die with this hammer in my hand, hand,
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Lord, I'll die with this hammer in my hand,
I will die with this hammer in my hand."

John Henry was a little boy
Sittin' at home on his mother's knee
Say, "That Big Bend Tunnel on that YMV,"
Cryin', "Mama, that will be the death of me, me.
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Lord, Mama, that will be the death of me, me."
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Lord, they taken poor John Henry
For the help, hew the mountain down
Lord, the mountain's so tall, John Henry's so small,
'Til he laid down his hammer, Lord, and cried, cried
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Lord, laid down his hammer and he cried, cried
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"Woman, where you get your little shoes,
And the dress you wear so fine?"
"Got my shoes from the railroad man,
And my dress from the man in the mine, mine,
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Got my dress from a man in the mine."
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John Henry had a little baby
Was just sitting on the palm of his hand
Cryin', "Baby, baby, take your Daddy's advice,
Don't you never be a steel-driving' man, man
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Lord, never be a steel-driving' man, man
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John Henry had some races
I was there when the race begin
John Henry would drive down eleven solid steel
While the steel driver was drivin' down ten, ten
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