John Henry-Reese Crenshaw

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John Henry-Reese Crenshaw
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John Henry said to his captain,
That "A man ain't nothin' but a man.
'Fore I let the old steam drill beat me down,
I'm gonna die with a hammer in my hand,
Lord, I'll die with a hammer in my hand."

John Henry had a little boy
And he held him in the palm his hand
John Henry told the boy to his Mammy's face,
"Lord, you might just be a steel-drivin' man
Might just be a steel-drivin' man

John Henry told his captain,
"Don't see how in the world it can be--
Says, "In five long years on your chain gang
You don't dog nobody but me,
You don't dog nobody but me,
You don't dog nobody but me
You don't dog nobody but me."

John Henry had a woman
Her name was Polly Ann
John got sick and he had to go home
Polly Ann drove steel like a man
Polly Ann drove steel like a man
Polly Ann drove steel like a man

John Henry had a woman
And the dress she wore was red
Says, she went down the track and she never looked back
Says, "I'm goin' where my man fell dead,
I'm goin' where my man fell dead,
Says, I'm goin' where my man fell dead."

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