John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) Take 2

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John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) Take 2-Furry Lewis
Vestapol tuning, with a slide

INTRO

John Henry hammered in the mountain
'Til the head of his hammer caught on fire
Cryin', "Pick 'em up boys, and let 'em down again,
One cool drink of water 'fore I die, die
(Guitar answers)
One cool drink of water 'fore I die, die."
(Guitar answers)

John Henry had a little woman
And the dress she wore was blue
Drive down the railroad track, heard a voice 'hind her sayin',
"John Henry's sure been true to you, you
(Guitar answers)
Girl, John Henry's sure been true to you,
John Henry's sure been true to" (Guitar finishes line)

"Woman, take this ring I give you
And you put it on your right hand.
And when I'm dead and buried, poor gal,
You can give it to your other man.
(Guitar answers)
You can give it to your other man."
(Guitar answers)

John Henry asked the boss man for a job
Boss man say, "What in the world can you do?"
"I can set your track and I can line your jack,
I can pick and shovel, too, too
(Guitar answers X 2)

When the womens in the West heard of John Henry's death,
They couldn't sleep at home in thei' beds
Some was dressed in white, some dressed in red
Say, "I'm goin' where John Henry fell dead, dead
(Guitar answers)
Lord, I'm goin' where John Henry fell dead, dead."
(Guitar answers)

Lord, they buried poor John Henry
And they buried him in the pits of the sand
And the people, they gathered ten thousand miles around
Said, "There laid the head of that steel-driving gang."
(Guitar answers)

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