John Henry-Sid Hemphill

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John Henry-Sid Hemphill
Sid Hemphill, fiddle and vocal, with banjo and guitar
NOTE: Dashes indicate places where the fiddle finished a line or a verse.

This is the hammer killed John Henry
Laid him low, laid him low
This is the hammer killed John Henry
Laid him ---

Take this hammer to the Captain
Tell him he's gone, tell him he's gone
Take your hammer to the Captain
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When you hear that bulldog a-barkin'
Somebody 'round, somebody 'round
When you hear that bulldog a-barkin'
Somebody's 'round, somebody's 'round

When you hear that peafowl a holl'in'
Gwonna rain, gwonna rain
When you hear that peafowl holl'in'
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Hammer, hammer, killed John Henry
Don't you see, don't you see?
Hammer, hammer, killed John Henry
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I don't like no red-black woman
Like myself, like myself
I don't like no red-black woman
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This is the hammer killed John Henry
Don't kill me, don't kill me
This is the hammer killed John Henry
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SOLO

Take this hammer, carry it to Captain
Tell him he's dead, tell him he's dead
Take that hammer, carry it to Captain
He's ---

This is the hammer killed my brother
He is gone, he is gone
This is the hammer killed my brother
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Hammer, hammer killed John Henry
He's gon' need, he's done need
Hammer, hammer killed John Henry
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