Steel Driving Man

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Steel Driving Man-Fruit Jar Guzzlers
Banjo, C position, gCGBD tuning, guitar, C position, standard tuning

John Henry, he was a steel-drivin' man
Carried his hammer every day
Was the Big Bend Tunnel on the C & O road
He's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord,
He's gonna be the death of me

John picked up his hammer, started to the rock
Greeley Mountain, it was high
The rocks was so tall, John Henry was so small
He laid down his hammers and he cried, Lord, Lord,
He laid down his hammer and he died

Come on, my honey, won't you give me your right hand,
When you hear my hammer ring?
You walk down on the street, with a big red rockin' shoes
"I'm huntin' for my steel-drivin' man, Lord, Lord,
I'm huntin' for my steel-drivin' man."

John Henry, he had a darling little woman
Her name was Polly Ann
John Henry, he got down sick in bed, Lord,
Polly drove steel like a man, Lord, Lord,
Polly drove steel like a man

John Henry, he said to his shaker,
"Shaker, you'd better pray.
For if I miss that six-foot steel,
Tomorrow be your buryin' day, Lord, Lord,
Tomorrow be your buryin' day."

John Henry, he said to his captain,
"Captain, you can see like me.
'Way over there, in some old lonesome bowl,
The hammer be the death of me, Lord, Lord,
The hammer be the death of me."

The man that invented the old steam drill
Thought he was mighty fine
John Henry's sunk down a fourteen-foot hole,
But the steam drill only made nine, Lord, Lord,
The steam drill only made nine

John Henry's partner stood up on the right
John, he stood up on the left
"'Fore I let your darned old steam drill beat me down,
I'd hammer my fool self to death, Lord, Lord,
I'd hammer my fool self to death."

John Henry, he said to his captain,
"Captain, when you go into town,
Bring John Henry back a twelve-pound hammer.
John'll whup your steam drill down, Lord, Lord
John'll whup your steam drill down

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