John Henry-Big Bill Broonzy

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John Henry-Big Bill Broonzy
G position, standard tuning, flat-picked

SOLO

John Henry said to his captain,
"Now, a man ain't nothing but a man.
Before I'd let your steel drill beat me down
I wil die with that hammer in my hand.
Yes, I’ll die with that hammer in my hand.
I declare I’ll die with the hammer in my hand, my Lord,
Die with that hammer in my hand."

John Henry said to his shaker,
"Now man, why don't you sing?
I’m shakin twelve pounds from my hip on down
Can’t you hear that cold steel ….
Boy, don’t you hear that cold steel ring?
Now don’t you hear that cold steel ring?
Boy, don’t you hear that cold steel ring?

SOLO

John Henry went down that railroad track
With a twelve-pound hammer by his side
Yes, he went down the track but he never came back
'Cause he laid down his hammer and he ……
Yes, he laid down his hammer and he died
I declare, he laid down his hammer and he ……
Yes, he laid down his hammer and he died

John Henry hammered in that mountain
And t,hat mountain was so high
The last words that I heard that poor boy say
"Give me a cool drink of water before I …….
Give me a cool drink of water before I die.
Give me a cool drink of water before I …….
Give me a cool drink of water before I die."

John Henry had a little woman
And the dress that she wore was red
And the last words that I heard that little girl say, she said,
"I‘m going where John Henry fell dead
Yes, I ‘m going where John Henry fell dead.
I declare I ‘m going where John Henry fell ….
Yes, I‘m going where John Henry fell dead."

John Henry was a little baby boy
And he held him in the palm of the hand
And the last words that I know that poor boy said,
"I’m gonna be a steel driving man,
I’m gonna be a little steel driving man,
I’m gonna be a steel driving man."

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