John Henry-Dock Boggs

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John Henry-Dock Boggs
Banjo in gDGBD tuning, key of G, Mike Seeger, guitar in G position, standard tuning

John Henry was a little baby
Singin' on his daddy's knee
'Bout, "The Big Bend Tunnel on the C & O road,
It's a-gonna be the death of me,
It's a-gonna be the death of me."

John Henry put one-a hole up in the rock
One down in the side
Oh, the rock was so tall, John Henry was so small
He laid down his hammer and he cried,
He laid down his hammer and he cried

Well, the people all heard a mighty rumblin'
Thought the tunnel might be fallin' in
John Henry said, "It's nothin' in the world
But my steel hammer hawsin' in the wind
But my steel hammer hawsin' in the wind."

John Henry said to his shaker,
"Boy, you'd better pray.
If ever I miss this six-foot steel,
Tomorrow'll be your buryin' day
Tomorrow'll be your buryin' day."

John Henry had a little woman
Her name was Julie Ann
He hugged her, he kissed her before he died, said,
"So Julie, do the best you can, then,
Oh Julie, do the best you can."

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